Queen's funeral: Gardiner on George and Charlotte's attendance
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Prince George, 9 and his younger sister, seven-year-old Princess Charlotte are set to appear, alongside their parents, at the late Queen’s state funeral today at Westminster Abbey. According to Conservative commentator, Nile Gardiner, the newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales’ two eldest children’s appearance is “a very significant one”.
Speaking to GB News host Dan Wootton, who said he was “heartened” to hear that the heir to the throne and his younger sister will attend the state funeral, Mr Gardiner said: “I think a very important moment for the monarchy.
“The monarchy is secure for generations to come.”
He added: “I think this is a very significant step, I think it’s a very important one, and I think it’s the right step forward.”
The Conservative commentator added that he believes the monarchy “will grow from strength to strength”.
Mr Wootoon then asked Mr Gardiner if the appearance will “put a lot of pressure” on the two children, he replied: “I think they will really rise to the occasion.
“We are talking about Britain’s future here.”
He added Prince William and Catherine’s choice to allow their two eldest children to be part of the day as “brave” but “the right one”.
Dan Wootton added that their appearance, particularly Prince George, is “such a moment to show the strength and the future of our monarchy”.
He also pointed out that at 9-years-old, this is something for “his future” and that he will be able “to say he was there to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth the Great”.
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Unlike his two eldest siblings, four-year-old Prince Louis will not be in attendance.
Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in London.
The funeral will begin at 11am BST and is expected to have up to 2,000 people in attendance.
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Aside from Prince George and Princess Charlotte, all eight of the Queen’s granchildren will be in attendance.
This will included the late monarch’s two youngest grandchildren, 18-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and 14-year-old James, Viscount Severn.
None of the other royal children are expected to be in attendance.
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