Moment Sophie Countess of Wessex comforts future king Prince George, 9, as he attends his great-grandmother’s funeral
The nine-year-old went to the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen alongside his family and walked in front of his sister Charlotte, seven, during the procession to Westminster Abbey.
The Countess of Wessex, 57, was spotted putting a hand on George’s shoulder as the youngster watched over proceedings today.
Prince Edward‘s wife, who had an exceptionally close relationship with her mother-in-law, opted for traditional mourning dress as she entered Westminster Abbey today.
Sophie and Edward’s two children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14 were also in attendance.
Sophie Wessex, 57, comforted heir-to-the-throne Prince George with a hand on his shoulder during the Queen’s funeral today
Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined senior royals at the Queen’s funeral today, bypassing thousands of mourners on the streets of London as they travelled to Westminster Abbey with the Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales
Sophie (right) looked serious as the family stood outside Westminster Abbey as the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II concluded. Pictured L-R: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince George, Kate, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex was seen on The Mall ahead of The State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II
The Countess of Wessex (front and right) looked down and crossed her hands in front of her body as she stood with other members of the Royal Family in front of the Queen’s coffin. Pictured in the front row L-R: King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Anne, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex
Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined senior royals at the Queen’s funeral today, bypassing thousands of mourners on the streets of London as they travelled to Westminster Abbey with the Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales.
George, heir-to-the-throne, nine, and his younger sister, seven, who wore a smart black hat with a bow and a horseshoe brooch given to her by the late Queen, first travelled in a royal car with their parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, before later transferring to a procession car with Kate Middleton and Camilla – with both children appearing to grasp the enormity of the day in spite of their tender years.
The Queen’s great grandchildren, without their youngest sibling, Louis, four, who did not attend the service, cut solemn figures as they were driven to Westminster Abbey ahead of the Queen’s state funeral.
Around 2,000 dignitaries, foreign royals and politicians poured into the historic London abbey.
Responsibility: Heads bowed, Prince Charlotte and Prince George walk inbetween the Prince and Princess of Wales as they follow the Queen’s coffin into the church
Sombre: George and Charlotte sing hymns during the funeral service, each seated beside their mother, the Princess of Wales
The Queen’s great grandchildren, clearly aware of the enormity of the day, stand quietly by their mother’s side before as they await the arrival of their father. To their right, the Duchess of Sussex stands next to them
Left: Prince George, 9, looks nervous as he makes his way to his seat inside Westminster Abbey with his mother and sister. Right: Princess Charlotte is seen adjusting her hat. The youngster wore a horseshoe brooch on her mourning coat, which was a gift from her great-grandmother the Queen
Her Majesty made her final and saddest journey from Westminster Hall as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch and the royals bade goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
For George and Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, 40, provided a reassuring presence throughout, tightly holding onto her daughter’s hand at the family arrived at Westminster Abbey.
Princess Charlotte wore a black mourning coat with velour collar and matching wide-brimmed hat, while George was dressed in a navy blue suit with a black tie.
Pictured from above: The Princess of Wales is seen guiding her two children into the Abbey; while Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte wore traditional black mourning dress, Prince George opted for a navy blue suit with a black tie
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were the youngest members of the royal family to accompany the coffin down through the Abbey, (The Prince and Princess of Wales pictured four rows from the back of the central aisle)
The Queen’s great grandchildren sat in front of their mother, the Princess of Wales and the Queen Consort as they made their way to Westminster Abbey in the claret royal car
Prince George casts a glance at the crowds who’ve turned out to mourn his great grandmother
Prince George is introduced to the clergy leading the Queen’s state funeral service; it’s thought officials at Buckingham Palace made the decision that the nine-year-old should attend his late great-grandmother’s funeral
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre arrives during the State Funeral Service
Prince George appeared mature beyond his years, appreciating the history of the moment, and waiting patiently as his father Prince William arrived into the Abbey after walking behind the Queen’s coffin.
The Princess of Wales continued with a series of supportive gestures to her daughter, including guiding her into the Abbey with a gentle hand as the family walked through the oak doors.
Earlier, the two children looked on from their claret royal car as Prince William, King Charles and other senior royals marched behind the coffin as it arrived at Westminster Abbey.
After they arrived at the iron Abbey gates, senior royals were greeted by members of the clergy leading the state funeral.
The Wales are believed to have brought the second-in-line to the throne to the historic event after senior palace advisers them to consider letting him attend the state funeral because of the powerful symbolic message it sends.