Prince George and Princess Charlotte to attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, order of service confirms
The nine-year-old future king and his seven-year-old sister will attend the service in Westminster Abbey to remember their late great-grandmother
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral tomorrow, the order of service has shown.
The nine-year-old future king and his seven-year-old sister will attend the service in Westminster Abbey to remember their late great-grandmother, as millions around the world watch the televised service.
The young royals will be joined by the rest of the royal family, in procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it is carried by the military bearer party.
Their grandfather, King Charles III with Queen Consort Camilla will be immediately behind the coffin, followed by the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, then the Duke of York, followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and then the Prince and Princess of Wales.
George and Charlotte, who fondly called the Queen “Gan Gan”, will be together, behind their parents, walking side-by-side in formation, followed by their uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and other members of the Royal Family.
The second and third in line to the throne are also expected to be at the committal service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle afterwards.
The Prince and Princess’ four-year-old brother Prince Louis is not expected to be there.
Before the service, the tenor bell will be tolled every minute for 96 minutes, reflecting the years of the Queen’s life.
At the end of the service, following The Last Post, two minutes’ silence, the Reveille, and the national anthem, the Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, will play the traditional lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, will speak of the Queen’s “unswerving commitment to a high calling over so many years” as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.
“With affection we recall her love for her family and her commitment to the causes she held dear,” the Dean will say.
One of the hymns – The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want – was sung at the Queen’s wedding, when she married the Duke of Edinburgh in the same abbey, as a 21-year-old bride in 1947.
The service will end with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 546) which will be played after the national anthem, and was heard at the end of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.