Prince William and Princess Catherine made a public appearance on Thursday, marking their first royal engagement since Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday, 19 September.
The couple, newly titled the Prince and Princess of Wales, visited Windsor yesterday (22 September) to meet and thank volunteers and staff who played a part in the Queen’s funeral.
The couple shared a video of their visit Windsor on their Instagram account, with the caption: "Thank you to all those who have worked so tirelessly to ensure that everyone visiting Windsor over the past two weeks has had a safe and positive experience. It was a pleasure to meet just a small number of staff and volunteers today - we are hugely grateful for all of your efforts."
The video poignantly shows a portrait of the Queen, alongside Kate and William shaking hands and thanking volunteers. It also highlights sweet heart shaped crafts, presumably created by local children for the Queen.
During the hour-long engagement at the Windsor Guildhall, the royal couple spent time with St John Ambulance crew, Crown Estate staff, council workers and volunteers to hear how the logistics had worked. They met with dozens responsible for the major public operation, from the people who arranged the portable lavatories to the florists, the refuse collectors and the ground supervisors.
This outing marks the first time the couple has been seen in person since Her Majesty’s state funeral.
In the days following the Queen's passing, Prince William published a tribute to his grandmother. In the touching piece, he said: "She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life."
Prince William also honoured his father, King Charles III, saying: "I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can."
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