The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, today made their first joint appearance together since the death of Queen Elizabeth II and viewed the flowers left by well-wishers outside Windsor Castle. They were joined by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Prince of Wales invited the Sussex couple to join them for the walkabout. It’s been reported that “it is understood that William thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
It was being speculated since afternoon that we might see the new Prince and Princess of Wales today and when William drove Catherine along with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the gates of Windsor Castle there were loud cheers.
In the morning, The Prince of Wales joined the Accession Council meeting where his father Charles was proclaimed as the King of the United Kingdom. The ancient ceremony was held at St. Jame’s Palace in London and was officiated by The Lord President, Penny Mordaunt. The meeting was held after 70 years and none of the previous attendees were present today. The event was televised for the first time in history at the personal request of the King. The Prince of Wales signed the proclamation with The Queen and the members of the Accession Council.
King Charles bestowed the title of The Prince and Princess of Wales on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday during his first-ever address to the nation as the Monarch. Although the Royal community was anticipating when the King will be bestowing the Title of The Prince and Princess of Wales on William and Catherine, It will take us some time to go from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to calling them The Prince and Princess of Wales.
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) September 10, 2022
Earlier today, The Prince of Wales, William, also released the first tribute to The Queen. Releasing a message today, Prince William said,
On Thursday the world lost an extraordinary Leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
I however have lost a grandmother and while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful I have had the benefit of the Queen’s Wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had 20 years of guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives. She was by my side at my happiest moments. and she was by my side during the saddest days of my life.
I knew this day would come but it will be sometime before the reality of life without grannie will truly feel real. I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age but always relevant to us all.
My Grandmother famously said that grief is the price we pay for love. All of this sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be Testaments to the love we feel for our extraordinary Queen. I will honor her memory by supporting my father The King in every way I can.
Prince William and Princess Catherine arrived at the gates of Windsor Castle and were greeted by applause. The public was very excited to see the new Prince and Princess of Wales shouting their names on both sides of the gates.
Kate ignoring William’s hints that she needs to hurry up😅😅
She is like, “nops I am going to spend as much time as needed to talk to these lovely people”.
— RegalFille (@RegalFille) September 10, 2022
The couple spent 40 minutes talking to the well-wishers, receiving flowers, and thanking the public for their love and support. Prince Catherine told one well-wisher that ‘Prince Louis told him that at least Grannie is with Great Granpa now‘.
A hug for the Princess of Wales. The flowers left at Windsor Castle are brought inside the castle every evening. The next morning, they are placed on the Castle Chapter grass on the south side of St George’s Chapel and Cambridge Drive.
The Prince and Princess of Wales along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent about 40 minutes talking to people at Windsor Castle. Then Prince William himself drove all 4 of them away in a black Range Rover.
This website covers the life and style of The Princess of Wales formerly known as The Duchess of Cambridge. Today, some might think it’s not appropriate to talk about her style and outfit choices while at the same time some do want to know more about her look. The Duchess chose a simple black dress with her black Suede Gianvito Rossi Pumps and her Annoushka Pearls with Kiki McDonough.
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Earlier today, The Duke of York, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louis, Princess Anne, Sir Tim Laurence, and Zara Phillips viewed the flowers outside Balmoral Castle. Speaking to a well-wisher at Balmoral, Prince Andrew said: “We’ve been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on.” Tomorrow The Queen’s body will be moved to Edinburgh from Balmoral.
Members of The Queen’s family view the many floral tributes that have been left in memory of Her Majesty at Balmoral. pic.twitter.com/T5MBcl0hpy
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 10, 2022
Buckingham Palace has just announced that the Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19 at 11 am. Prior to the State Funeral, Queen Elizabeth II will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects. I will cover more details of the Funeral announcement in the next post.