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Queen’s funeral: Kate Middleton cuts a sombre figure as she arrives at Westminster Abbey

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The Princess of Wales looked resplendent as she arrived for the Queen’s funeral with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

Kate, 40, opted for an elegant black ensemble as she joined senior members of the Royal Family to pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Abbey. 

In a touching tribute to the Queen, the Princess opted to wear a pair of drop earrings and  triple-string pearl choker that were part of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery collection. 

The royal mother-of-two arrived at Westminster Abbey hand-in-hand with her daughter Princess Charlotte, seven, who joined her brother in walking behind their great-grandmother’s coffin.  

The Princess of Wales paid tribute to the Queen by wearing a necklace from Her Majesty’s personal jewellery collection 

The Princess of Wales waited with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte and their aunt, the Duchess of Sussex, as the Queen's coffin arrived at Westminster Abbey

The Princess of Wales waited with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte and their aunt, the Duchess of Sussex, as the Queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster Abbey 

The Princess of Wales arrived in a car with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales arrived in a car with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales arrived in a car with her children George and Charlotte

The Princess of Wales arrived in a car with her children George and Charlotte 

The family were greeted on their arrival at Westminster Abbey ahead of the funeral on Monday

The family were greeted on their arrival at Westminster Abbey ahead of the funeral on Monday 

The Princess of Wales held her daughter Princess Charlotte's hand as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the funeral

The Princess of Wales held her daughter Princess Charlotte’s hand as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for the funeral

The Princess of Wales arrived for the funeral with the Queen Consort and her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales arrived for the funeral with the Queen Consort and her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales led her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they entered Westminster Abbey on Friday

The Princess of Wales led her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they entered Westminster Abbey on Friday 

The Princess of Wales wore her brunette locks swept up in a low chignon and chose sentimental jewellery for the occasion

The Princess of Wales arriving today

The Princess of Wales wore her brunette locks swept up in a low chignon and chose sentimental jewellery for the occasion 

The Princess of Wales waited for the coffin to arrive with her children George and Charlotte and sister-in-law Meghan

The Princess of Wales waited for the coffin to arrive with her children George and Charlotte and sister-in-law Meghan 

The Waleses followed behind Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex as the coffin processed through the Abbey

The Waleses followed behind Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex as the coffin processed through the Abbey

The Prince and Princess of Wales sat next to their son Prince George for the funeral at Westminster Abbey today

The Prince and Princess of Wales sat next to their son Prince George for the funeral at Westminster Abbey today

The couple are believed to have bought the second-in-line along after senior palace advisers them to consider letting him attend the State funeral because of the powerful symbolic message it sends.

At the tender age of nine, and having just overcome the daunting prospect of starting a new school, George is now the second in line to the throne.

With this in mind, aides have suggested it would be good for the public to see the young Prince – who affectionately called the Queen ‘Gan Gan’ – and is the future of the Monarchy.

It comes after they appeared at the funeral of Prince Philip, their great-grandfather last year, and will give them a chance to say goodbye to Her Majesty, who they affectionately called ‘Gan Gan’.

It’s the first time any of the Wales children have been seen in public since her death. 

It has been an extremely busy period for Kate, who has been supporting her husband Prince William publicly, and no doubt helping her children adjust to life without their Gan-Gan.

The Princess of Wales paid tribute to the Queen by wearing her necklace and earrings for the funeral on Monday

The Princess of Wales paid tribute to the Queen by wearing her necklace and earrings for the funeral on Monday 

The Princess of her Wales and her children were greeted on their arrival at Westminster Abbey on Monday

The Princess of her Wales and her children were greeted on their arrival at Westminster Abbey on Monday

The Princess of Wales looked thoughtful as she gazed out the window on her way to Westminster Abbey today

The Princess of Wales looked thoughtful as she gazed out the window on her way to Westminster Abbey today 

The Princess put a reassuring hand on her daughter Princess Charlotte as they arrived at Westminster Abbey today

The Princess put a reassuring hand on her daughter Princess Charlotte as they arrived at Westminster Abbey today 

The Princess of Wales looked resplendent as she arrived for the Queen 's funeral with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales looked resplendent as she arrived for the Queen ‘s funeral with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The death of their great-grandmother the Queen will be a heavy blow to Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, as they and their parents begin a new life at Adelaide Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle – where Her Majesty spent most of the year.

Two of the late Queen’s other great-grandchildren, Mia and Lena Tindall, were at Westminster Hall on Friday for her lying-in-state. They were in the gallery with their parents Zara and Mike Tindall as their grandmother, Princess Anne, took her place alongside her three brothers for a silent vigil beside the Queen’s coffin.

Kate and The Queen shared a special relationship, often seen in public together, with the Princess of Wales impressing the monarch for her ‘down to earth attitude’.

In May, Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton said that the Queen spent time nurturing the relationship between The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after ‘making mistakes with Charles and Diana’,

 ‘The thing about Kate is the Queen was impressed she adored and loved William for himself, not for his title’. 

 ‘She spends a lot more time supporting and nurturing the relationship between William and Catherine than she did with Charles and Diana. It’s pretty clear she wasn’t going to make that mistake again.

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

A long line of mourners walk into the UK’s most important church 

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen's coffin arrived

The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen’s coffin arrived

‘Everything that happened in [Kate and William’s] relationship was quite strategic, quite thought through, after a period of time.

He added: ‘In the beginning, nobody in the royal household expected for a second that the university romance with Catherine and William would continue for any time after they graduated, like most college romances which disintegrate under the intense scrutiny of jobs and geography.’

Hundreds of thousands of Brits have queued to see the Queen lying in state this week, as the official period of mourning ends today.

Well-wishers waited for up to thirty hours to pay tribute as people from around the world sent their condolences to the longest running head of state .

Dignitaries from the commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and Canada will join the Firm in mourning today, as well as monarchs from across Europe and the world.

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arrive at Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Former prime minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service this morning

Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha outside Westminster Abbey this morning

Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha outside Westminster Abbey this morning

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the state funeral this morning

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma - who was friends with the Queen and Prince Philip - at the Abbey

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma – who was friends with the Queen and Prince Philip – at the Abbey

The Queen’s state funeral today will end with a two-minute national silence in a ‘fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign’ before she is laid to rest beside her late husband.

Police have also been granted a no-fly zone order over London on today, which will follow 10 days of mourning.

As well as thousands of uniformed Metropolitan Police bobbies drafted into action, plain-clothes officers will also mingle among crowds to monitor any threats.

It is expected that other forces will be asked to provide officers under ‘mutual aid’.

The Queen’s Coffin was today carried from Westminster Hall to the State Gun Carriage, and then positioned outside the building’s North Door.

The procession then went from New Palace Yard through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary before arriving at Westminster Abbey just before 11am.

: A general view inside Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19

: A general view inside Westminster Abbey ahead of The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19

Representatives of the British military at Westminster Abbey today, on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Representatives of the British military at Westminster Abbey today, on the day of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

After the State Funeral Service finishes at around midday, the coffin will be placed on the State Gun Carriage outside the Abbey. 

At 12.15pm, the procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.

The route will go from the Abbey via Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill and Apsley Way

At Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse just after 1pm, ahead of the journey to Windsor.

It then will travel from central London to Windsor, on a route that has not been disclosed by the Palace. When the hearse arrives in Windsor, the procession will begin just after 3pm at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road.

The state hearse will join the procession, which will have been formed up and in position, at Shaw Farm Gate before travelling to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The procession will follow the route of Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.

Just before 4pm, the procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. Here, the bearer party will carry the coffin in procession up the steps into the chapel.

The Queen will be interred during a private burial at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 7.30pm.

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