Kate and William in emotional meeting with troops taking part in Queen’s funeral

The new Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and Kate Middleton have visited an Army training centre in Surrey to meet troops taking part in funeral arrangements ahead of the Queen being laid to rest on Monday 19 September.

The late monarch died on 8 September, and her body is currently Lying-in-State in Westminster Hall as members of the public come to pay their respects.

Kate and William's trip to the army training centre will be especially poignant as more than 1,000 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines will join the procession for Her Majesty's funeral on Monday.

They have been holding rehearsals at the training ground ahead of the historic event.

It's part of a number of public appearances from first-in-line to the throne Prince William and his wife Kate, both 40, as they support his father King Charles III in his new role as sovereign.

As with every public outing since the Queen died, Prince William and Kate were dressed in black, with William wearing a suit paired with a white shirt, and Kate looking as demure as ever in a black button-up military-style jacket and skirt, which she paired with a black hat.

Different from her usual style, the Princess of Wales wore her hair in a classy up-do.

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It was their second public appearance in two days after they greeted well-wishers at Sandringham on Thursday and viewed thousands of flowers, cards and other tributes left to the Queen.

William admitted to one member of the public that taking part in the procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Tuesday brought back memories of walking behind the coffin of his late mother Princess Diana in 1997, when he was just 15.

Discussing the matter, the air to the throne said to a member of the public who'd laid down flowers for the Queen, as per The Mirror: “He told us yesterday had been particularly difficult and following the coffin had reminded him of his mother’s funeral, of Diana. He said it had been very difficult.”

They added: "I said your mother would be so proud of you and thank you for sharing your grief with us and he said, ‘I’m learning that she was everyone’s grandmother – the way people have reacted’.”

Prince William and the Queen's seven other grandchildren will stand vigil beside her coffin in Westminster Hall for 15 minutes on Saturday night, royal sources have confirmed.

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Prince William will be flanked by his cousins Zara Tindall, 41, and Peter Philips, 44, who are the daughter and son of Princess Anne, known as the Princess Royal, 72.

Prince Harry will be stationed beside Princesses Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32, the daughters of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, 62.

The children of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, will stand near the middle of their grandmother’s coffin.


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