William and Kate, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, viewed tributes to the Queen outside of Windsor Castle (10th September 2022).
The pair viewed the sea of flowers and cards laid outside the gates of the castle in tribute to the late monarch.
As I’m certain you’ll know by now, Her Majesty passed away peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday.
A spokesperson confirmed William invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join them to view the tributes and conduct a walkabout. Meghan and Harry accepted.
Reporters say, “it is understood that William thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
On Twitter, Omid Scobie confirmed William and Kate were always scheduled to conduct the walkabout and they invited Meghan and Harry at the last minute: “royal sources say the decision to invite the Sussexes was made in the eleventh hour.”
The four family members inspected the tributes before walking over the to the waiting crowd. They chatted with members of the public, shook hands, and expressed their gratitude to well-wishers.
It’s reported that William, Harry, Kate and Meghan met as many people as they could down Windsor’s Long Walk. They spent around forty minutes walking and chatting with the crowd.
Before leaving, the two brothers and their wives gave a smile and wave.
As one would expect while in a period of mourning, the royals four wore dark, sombre clothing.
I believe her dress is by Jenny Packham. The Princess—then Duchess—wore a similar garment confirmed to be by the designer during a visit to Ballymena, Northern Ireland in 2019 (below right).
The velvet waist belt and seams appear to match. Please excuse me for not giving a full run-down of Kate’s outfit as usual, but I think given the circumstances, it wouldn’t feel appropriate.
The walkabout took place shortly after William released a statement about his grandmother’s death.
William, Kate, Meghan and Harry aren’t the first royals to view tributes and conduct a walkabout today. Members of the family including, Prince Andrew, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, Zara Tindall, Prince Edward, the Duchess of Wessex, and Lady Louise viewed tributes to their late mother and conducted a walkabout before attending a prayer service at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle afternoon. Some royals were visibly upset.
Earlier in the day, King Charles also met well-wishers as he returned to Clarence House following the Proclamation ceremony.
Buckingham Palace released details of the arrangements for the Queen’s funeral today. The State Funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 11am local time. Beforehand, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.
You can find full details on the royal.uk website.
William and Kate’s official titles have been changed from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to The Prince and Princess of Wales on the Royal Family’s official website.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has also changed its name accordingly. It’s now The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales.