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Prince William says walking behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin evoked memories of Princess Diana’s funeral

Prince William says walking behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin evoked memories of Princess Diana's funeral
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A local reporter who spoke to a woman William Thursday met said the prince told her his grandmother’s death brought back memories of his mother’s death. Diana, Princess of Wales.

William and his brother Prince Harry walked in a procession behind Diana’s coffin on Aug. December 1997 after a car accident in Paris.

PHOTO: The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service 24/6/1997 in London.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service June 9, 1997 in London.
PHOTO: Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales and Britain's Prince Harry walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London March 14, 2022.

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Britain’s King Charles III, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, drawn by a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London, Sept. 14th, 2022.

“He told us yesterday was particularly difficult and that following the coffin reminded him of his mother’s funeral and of Diana,” said Jane Wells, who came to lay flowers for the Queen at Sandringham. “He said it was very difficult.”

Wells continued, “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 the grandmother of everyone, how people reacted .'”

Another person in the crowd told William she was close to tears, to which he reportedly replied, “Don’t cry now.” You’ll start me.”

William and Kate watched a lavish floral donation for the Queen just outside of Sandringham, which is close to their own country home, Anmer Hall, where they spend their free time as a family with their three children. Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Kate is believed to have been wearing a pair of diamond and pearl earrings in Norfolk that belonged to the Queen.

PHOTO: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales watch floral tributes September 14 at Sandringham.  December 15, 2022 at King's Lynn, England.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales watch floral tributes at Sandringham September 14. December 15, 2022 at King’s Lynn, England.
PHOTO: Catherine, Princess of Wales watches floral tributes at Sandringham on September 14.  December 15, 2022 at King's Lynn, England.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales watches floral tributes at Sandringham on September 14. December 15, 2022 at King’s Lynn, England.

Norfolk is around 100 miles from Windsor, England, where William and Kate now have their primary residence in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen also spent much of her time during her 70-year reign.

PHOTO: Prince William and the Princess of Wales look at floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II presented by members of the public outside the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk Sept. 15, 2022.

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Prince William and the Princess of Wales view floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II left by members of the public outside the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk Sept. 15, 2022.

In the 24 hours since the Queen’s coffin was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, thousands of people have lined up across London to pay their respects Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

PHOTO: Members of the public file at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London, Sept 15, 2022.

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Members of the public file at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London, Sept 15, 2022.

The Queen’s coffin will be kept in Westminster Hall until her funeral on September 24. 19, in Westminster Abbey.

Tributes like those seen by William and Kate at Sandringham have grown across Britain in the week since the Queen’s death.

PHOTO: Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, greets the public during a visit to Glasgow City Chambers to meet representatives from organizations of which Queen Elizabeth II has been a patron, in Glasgow, Scotland Sept. 15, 2022.

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Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, greets the public during a visit to Glasgow City Chambers to meet representatives from organizations of which Queen Elizabeth II has been a patron, in Glasgow, Scotland Sept. 15, 2022.

Anne traveled to London earlier this week with her mother’s coffin from Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the Queen died.

Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest child, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, spent some time in Manchester, England on Thursday, where they met in St Ann’s Square and with parishioners.

PHOTO: Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex meet with members of the public outside Manchester Central Library after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Manchester, England.  15th, 2022.

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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, meet with members of the public outside Manchester Central Library following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Manchester, England. 15th, 2022.

Her state funeral is due to begin at 11am local time on Monday at Westminster Abbey, making the Queen the first sovereign since 1760 to have a funeral there.

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