London: Prince William has told well-wishers that walking behind the late Queen’s coffin during a procession in London on Wednesday had brought back memories of his mother’s funeral.
The newly created Prince of Wales and wife, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, shook hands and spoke to mourners gathered at the family’s Norfolk estate, where about 100,000 people have left tributes at the gates to Sandringham House since news of the monarch’s death last week.
William, who famously walked behind his late mother Diana’s coffin in 1997 with his father King Charles III and brother Prince Harry, told a member of the public that this week’s procession was “challenging” and had “brought back a few memories”.
The future king added: “It’s one of these moments where you kinda think to yourself, ‘Ive prepared myself for this, but I’m not that prepared’.
“It’s this weird kind of thing… because we knew she was 96.”
The Queen’s grandsons followed the same route down The Mall and Whitehall as children when they walked behind their mother’s coffin after she was killed in a car crash in Paris. On that day, William was just 15-years-old and Harry 12.
William has previously described the “very long, lonely walk” as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done”, while Harry said later: “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.”
William and Catherine, both 40, stepped out of a dark Range Rover near to the Norwich Gates and took time to read messages on the many tributes.