The Princess of Wales, 40, joined Camilla, 75, in considered one of a number of black city vehicles on Wednesday, September 14, during the 38-minute procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor, the place the queen’s coffin will lie in state for a number of days earlier than her funeral on Monday, September 19.
Kate sat beside Camilla within the backseat of their car on Wednesday, both women wearing all-black as they paid their respects to the late monarch. King Charles III’s spouse donned a big black hat, whereas Kate accessorized with a pair of pearl earrings and a glittery brooch.
Nicely-wishers lined the streets because the royal procession made its method via London. Prince William and Prince Harry marched alongside different members of the royal household behind Elizabeth’s hearse. The brothers had been joined by their father, 73, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Peter Phillips. Meghan Markle and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, additionally adopted the procession in a automotive.
The U.Ok. lost its longest-reigning monarch on Thursday, September 8, with Charles instantly being named king within the wake of Elizabeth’s demise. Earlier this yr, Her Majesty announced that she hoped Camilla would take over as Queen Consort as soon as Charles assumed the throne.
“When, within the fullness of time, my son Charles turns into King, I do know you’ll give him and his spouse Camilla the identical help that you’ve given me,” the late monarch famous in a February assertion whereas celebrating her historic 70-year reign. “And it’s my honest want that, when that point comes, Camilla can be referred to as Queen Consort as she continues her personal loyal service.”
On the time, Charles and Camilla accepted the honor and thanked Elizabeth for her variety phrases. “On this historic day, my spouse and I be part of you all in congratulating Her Majesty The Queen on the outstanding achievement of serving this nation, the Realms and Commonwealth for seventy years,” the pair, who wed in 2005, famous in a press release of their very own. “The Queen’s devotion to the welfare of all her folks conjures up nonetheless larger admiration with every passing yr.”
Till then, no official resolution had been made about Camilla’s future position throughout the British royal household. Practically one week after Elizabeth’s demise, she gave an replace on how the royals were coping within the wake of the loss.
“We’re doing our greatest,” she advised a lady in Belfast, Eire, on Tuesday, September 13, earlier than returning to London to obtain the queen’s coffin.
Kate, for her half, inherited the Princess of Wales title as her husband, 40, was named Prince of Wales. William is now first in line for the throne, and his grandmother had big plans for each him and Kate earlier than her demise.
“Her Majesty sees the Cambridges as the way forward for the monarchy and trusts Kate and William’s judgment implicitly,” a supply completely advised Us Weekly in August 2020. “Kate asks for recommendation about speeches she’s as a consequence of make, whom she will rely on most throughout the palace and protocol dos and don’ts. The queen’s very happy to impart her knowledge — she’s proud to be Catherine’s go-to adviser about royal life.”