On Tuesday morning the Duke and Duchess attended the service of thanksgiving for the late Duke of Edinburgh, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, their two oldest children, joining them.
George, eight, and Charlotte, six, had not been previously announced on the royal guest list, so it was quite a surprise for fans when they saw them at Westminster Abbey. At the moment the two of them are on Easter holiday break, having finished up with school last Friday and won’t return till the end of April.
Prince Louis, three, was the only one missing, but that was understandable as he is too young to be attending the service.
Perhaps the only ones capable of stealing the spotlight from their parents, both of them looked great, with Prince George wearing a suit better than his dad, while Charlotte wore a simple yet elegant coat. They were photographed arriving at the abbey with their parents, with George holding on to his dad William’s hand, while Charlotte did the same with their mom Kate.
Kate looked stylish as well, going with a black polka dot dress and a wide-brimmed hat. The Cambridge family were greeted by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, who was the one who conducted this service.
Her Majesty was the last royal to arrive. She had a big part in organizing and planning this service, as they managed to incorporate elements that were initially planned for Prince Philip’s funeral but were unable to go ahead last April due to the government’s COVID restrictions at the time.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away last year on April 9th at the age of 99, with the official funeral ceremony being held one week later.
The ceremony saw lots of faces, with other members of the royal family being present including Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne and Sir Tim Laurence, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their teenage children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Prince Andrew, who stepped down from royal life in 2019, made a rare public appearance and was here for the ceremony alongside his daughter Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and their respective husbands, EdoardoMapelliMozzi and Jack Brooksbank.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also made up the British royal party, while royals from around the world who had flown in for the occasion included King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Prince Albert of Monaco, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.