Prince William has said walking behind the Queen's coffin gave him heartbreaking flashbacks to Prince Diana's funeral.
The new Prince of Wales was by his brother, Prince Harry's side in Wednesday's sad lying-in-state procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
The royals were yet again greeted by well-wishers who had taken to the streets of London to soak up history unfolding before their eyes, and to offer their condolences with the grieving family.
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Since King Charles III led the way with friendly interactions with members of the public outside Buckingham Palace last week, William and co have been equally keen to express their gratitude to as many people as possible.
Those brief conversations have helped lift the lid on what the past week has been like for the Royal Family since the Queen died on September 8, The Mirror reports.
While viewing tributes at Sandringham today (Thursday, September 15), William said yesterday's procession reminded him of Princess Diana's funeral in September 1997, when he was just 15-years-old.
Jane Wells, who had come to lay flowers, said: “He told us yesterday had been particularly difficult and following the coffin had reminded him of his mother’s funeral, of Diana.
Another woman in attendance, Amanda Horn, 56, Norfolk, told Kate: “You look very tired.”
The mum-of-three Princess replied: “We are all very tired but the crowds and peoples’ support is keeping us going.”
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Amanda said: “William said the children were doing very well and they were trying to keep things as normal as possible."
In a lighter moments than previous days William made a section of the crowd burst into laughter as he admitted to retired firefighter Steve Hobart, 65, “it was a good time to get out if London” to dodge the queues.
He even apologised to one crowd member all the inconvenience caused by all the security in the capital.
The royal and his brother appeared solemn as they followed the Queen's coffin, which was sat atop a gun carriage.
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Her Majesty's coffin arrived at Westminster Hall yesterday afternoon and it will now lie in state until the monarch's funeral on Monday (September 19).
The procession took place just over 25 years after William and Harry walked behind their mother's coffin during her funeral.
The Prince of Wales was 15-years-old when he made the "long, lonely walk", while Harry was aged just 12.
“He said it had been very difficult.”
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She 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’.”
Another crowd member told the emotional Prince she was close to tears, to which he replied: “Don’t cry now – you’ll start me.”
Nettie Wells, 90, said: “You could see he looked very emotional and very overwhelmed. He thanked me for coming.”
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