Prince and Princess of Wales thank staff at Windsor Castle

A warm welcome back to work! Princess of Wales is elegant in a black coat as she joins Prince William to thank Windsor Castle staff who organised Committal Service in first engagement since Queen’s funeral

  • The Prince and Princess of Wales, both 40, are meeting volunteers and operational staff at Windsor Castle
  • Arrived at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday for their first royal engagement since the late monarch’s funeral 
  • Prince William and Kate are thanking the staff and volunteers for their work on Queen’s committal service
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are meeting volunteers and operational staff to thank them for their work on the Queen‘s committal service at Windsor Castle.

William and Kate, who was dressed in a recycled £2,150 Dolce & Gabbana collarless long coat in black, arrived at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday for their first royal engagement since the late monarch’s funeral.

The couple are passing on their appreciation to volunteers and staff who worked on the service at St George’s Chapel on Monday afternoon – which followed Her Majesty’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

They will also thank the group for supporting the large crowds that gathered in Windsor to commemorate the Queen and watch the procession of her coffin up the Long Walk to the castle before the service.

The prince and princess arrived dressed all in black as they continue to observe the royal mourning period which lasts until Monday. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales are meeting volunteers and operational staff to thank them for their work on the Queen's committal service at Windsor Castle

The Prince and Princess of Wales are meeting volunteers and operational staff to thank them for their work on the Queen’s committal service at Windsor Castle

William and Kate arrived at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday for their first royal engagement since the late monarch's funeral

William and Kate arrived at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday for their first royal engagement since the late monarch’s funeral

The engagement is one of their first since William became the heir apparent and became known as the Prince of Wales, after the death of his grandmother and the accession of his father, Charles, to become the King.

William also inherited the title Duke of Cornwall and is now the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge. Kate is now known as the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

Other royals are also undertaking engagements on Thursday to thank people involved in the Queen’s funeral and to recognise the service of those on deployment overseas.

The Earl of Wessex is visiting Estonia and Germany in his role as Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion of The Rifles and Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

The pair (pictured) will pass on their appreciation to volunteers and staff who worked on the service at St George's Chapel on Monday afternoon

The pair (pictured) will pass on their appreciation to volunteers and staff who worked on the service at St George’s Chapel on Monday afternoon

This trip includes thanking members of 2 Rifles for their service to the Queen at Camp Tapa, Estonia, and visiting troops on deployment from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry at the Normandy Barracks in Paderborn, Germany.

The Princess Royal is visiting Portsmouth Naval Base to meet Royal Navy personnel who took part in the funeral procession.

Anne will also visit St Omer Barracks in Aldershot to meet personnel who played a central role in providing logistical support during the funeral.

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ outing today comes after a royal book claimed William and wife Kate felt ‘relief’ when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to move to the US, because they felt that the ‘drama was gone’.

In a book soon to be published about The Firm, The New Royals, author and journalist Katie Nicholl addressed the deepening division between the Sussexes and other members of the Royal Family after Harry and Meghan decided to step down as senior royals and begin a new life in the US in 2020. 

William is reported to have held a summit of aides – which came to be known as the ‘Anmer Summit’ after the couple’s Norfolk home – to discuss the Royal Family’s future in the wake of Harry’s move to the States. 

Meanwhile, Prince Harry apparently suggested bringing in a mediator to solve his rift with the rest of the Royal Family, causing Camilla to ‘splutter over her tea’.

The book quotes an unnamed family friend who told the author the Duke of Sussex met with his father in spring this year and wanted ‘to clear the air’ – but the awkward meeting left relations strained.

After the Duke and Duchess did not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey in March amid a reported dispute over their UK security arrangements, Nicholl wrote that a glimmer of hope was on the horizon when the couple stopped off in the UK before a visit to The Hague for an Invictus Games event a few weeks later. 

In an extract of the book published in Vanity Fair, Nicholl said King Charles, who was then Prince of Wales, insisted on a meeting with Harry over tea before he had an audience with the Queen. 

‘The meeting with Charles and Camilla was more awkward than their cordial tea with the queen,’ Nicholl wrote, adding that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were late to the meeting which left Charles with just 15 minutes to catch up with his youngest son and daughter-in-law before he had to attend the Royal Maundy Service at Windsor Castle where he stood in for the Queen.

The family friend said: ‘[Harry] actually suggested that they use a mediator to try and sort things out, which had Charles somewhat bemused and Camilla spluttering into her tea.’ 

They added the Queen Consort told the Duke his suggestion was ‘ridiculous’ and that they would resolve their differences within the family.  

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