Prince George and Princess Charlotte are attending the Queen's funeral today.
They are both named on the order of service, which was made public by the Royal family last night, along with a never seen before portrait of Her Majesty.
The youngsters, aged 9 and 7, haven't been seen since the death of their great-grandmother - who they called 'Gan Gan' - on September 8th.
According to the document, the two eldest children of Prince William, the Prince of Wales and Kate Middleton, the new Princess of Wales, will walk behind their parents in a procession following Her Majesty's coffin in to Westminster Abbey after it is brought there on a gun carriage pulled by a team of sailors.
King Charles, his siblings and the Queen's grandsons will follow the coffin for the journey from Westminster Hall (where she has been lying in state for the past four days) to the Abbey ahead of the 11am service, and it is expected that other members of the family, including little George and Charlotte, will then join the procession from then.
They will be driven to Westminster Abbey with their mum and the Queen consort, Camilla.
JUST IN: The Order of Service for the State Funeral at @wabbey at 11am shows Prince George and Princess Charlotte will walk in procession behind their great-grandmother’s coffin.
They will walk between William and Kate and Harry and Meghan pic.twitter.com/fc6hnKktir
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) September 18, 2022
The Daily Mail reports that it was a 'collective family decision' for the Cambridge children, who are second and third in line to the throne, to be involved in the funeral, which is expected to be watched by 4 billion people around the world.
A source told the paper: 'As parents they have, of course, thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them. Of course little Louis is too young, but they think George and Charlotte are up to it.'
Both George and Charlotte attended the funeral of their great-grandad Prince Philip in 2021, with the source adding that their parents think they can handle the 'solemnity' of today's proceedings.
Their presence also reinforces the strong succession line of the monarchy, something claimed to be a source of great pride for the deceased Queen.
At the end of today's 11am service, there will be another procession, a mile-long walk from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch where her coffin will be transferred to a hearse and driven to Windsor, but the children are not expected to be involved with that either.
Upon arrival at Windsor Castle, there will be another procession up The Long Walk to St. George's Chapel where she will be interred with her husband Prince Philip, but again it is uncertain if the young Royals will be involved.
Last week Prince William, 40, admitted that walking behind his grandmother's coffin last Wednesday, when it was moved to Westminster Hall, had been 'difficult' for him, bringing back vivid memories of when his mum died in a car crash in 1997. He was 15, and his brother Harry then 12 when they were made to walk behind her coffin, taking the same route down the Mall and Whitehall.
Prince Harry has called the experience, 'something no child should ever have to do.'
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