London, United Kingdom (CU)_ Prince William informed well-wishers that marching behind his grandmother’s coffin was difficult as it evoked memories of following his mother’s coffin to her burial 25 years back. William, the successor to the throne, marched behind his father King Charles and with his younger brother Prince Harry during the mournful procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for the late Queen Elizabeth.
William informed members of the public who condoled with him over his loss that yesterday’s stroll was difficult as he admired flowers placed in front of the royal Sandringham Estate in eastern England to honor the queen. He said, “The walk yesterday was challenging”. A video featured him saying, “Brought back a few memories.”
At Princess Diana’s funeral, William and Harry, aged 15 and 12, respectively, walked behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin through central London under the light of the global media after she died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 when she was only 36. This was an unforgettable moment in their lives. The royal brothers, whose relationship has been troubled in recent years, have discussed in the past the enduring pain they faced following their mother’s death and that stroll, where they maintained a stoic facade despite their sadness.
Even though the circumstances were different this time, with the queen passing away peacefully at her Scottish residence at the age of 96, the emotions, the somber spectacle, and the feeling of a significant event happening before the eyes of crowds and photographers were all the same. Following the royal ceremonies, the burial will take place on September 19.