Kate and William: return to the front of the stage despite the mourning

A few days after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Windsor Town Hall to thank the staff and volunteers who helped organize the royal funeral. A first public outing for Kate and William as the royal family observes a period of mourning.

It was they, in the shadows, who took care of all the details of the precise organization of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. They arranged for the crowds gathered along the Paseo Largo to catch a glimpse of the royal hearse. They helped collect the thousands of bouquets of flowers. They served alongside first aid teams. On Monday 19 September 2022, during the Queen’s funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the presence of castle staff and hundreds of volunteers was essential to the smooth running of the event.

In their first public appearance after the burial, the Prince and Princess of Wales showed their generosity and went to thank staff who helped organize the Queen's funeral.
In their first public appearance after the burial, the Prince and Princess of Wales showed their generosity and went to thank staff who helped organize the Queen’s funeral. © PA Photos / Abaca

To thank them for their dedication, William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, visited Windsor Town Hall on September 22, 2022. Their first public outing since the Queen’s funeral, followed by 5.1 billion viewers on all the world.

In a studious but relaxed atmosphere, the Prince and Princess of Wales wanted to thank the funeral staff and volunteers, and share their difficulties and feelings with them.
In a studious but relaxed atmosphere, the Prince and Princess of Wales wanted to thank the funeral staff and volunteers, and share their difficulties and feelings with them. © PA Photos / Abaca

As the royal family continues to observe a multi-day period of mourning (which in practice means wearing black attire during their public appearances), the couple have had a lengthy conversation with these workers whose role, according to Princess Catherine, was “vital”. . .

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Windsor Castle to thank the team of volunteers and castle staff who handled the Queen's funeral on Thursday 22 September.
The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Windsor Castle to thank the team of volunteers and castle staff who handled the Queen’s funeral on Thursday 22 September. © PA Photos / Abaca

When one of the volunteers hinted at how difficult the last few days must have been for the royal family, Prince William tried, as usual, to be optimistic: “Seeing the glass half full and seeing how people support you makes things more bearable.” he he explains he.

The Prince of Wales even allowed himself to joke with them, saying that Paddington Bear – with whom the Queen made a sketch during her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 – was an “added value” in the tributes paid to the queen. , prevailing over the corgis “who, however, have been there for a longer time”.

Very attentive, Prince William and Princess Katherine collected the testimonies of the little hands of the shadows, having helped in the organization of the queen's funeral.
Very attentive, Prince William and Princess Catherine collected the testimonies of the little hands of the shadows, having helped in the organization of the queen’s funeral. © PA Photos / Abaca

Princess Catherine, dressed in black like her husband, appears moved as she listens to a volunteer explain that nearly 100,000 people, sometimes from far away, came to Windsor to say goodbye to the queen. Even today, and as with all their engagements on behalf of the Crown, the Prince and Princess of Wales want to be as close to the British as possible.

Humility as the first quality of the Prince and Princess of Wales, as they went to see the staff and volunteers to thank them for their participation in the royal funeral in Windsor.
Humility as the first quality of the Prince and Princess of Wales, as they went to see the staff and volunteers to thank them for their participation in the royal funeral in Windsor. © PA Photos / Abaca

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