Prince William says walking behind the queen’s coffin brought back memories

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Prince William, heir to the throne, walked behind his father, King Charles, and side by side with his younger brother, Prince Harry, during Wednesday’s solemn procession that took the late Queen Elizabeth from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

William told his friends that walking behind his grandmother’s coffin was challenging and brought back memories, referring to the day 25 years earlier, as a boy, he followed his mother’s coffin on the way to her funeral.

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“Yesterday’s walk was challenging,” William told the audience who sympathized with him for his loss as he saw flowers placed outside the Sandringham royal estate in eastern England to honor the Queen.

He can be heard saying “brought back some memories” in video footage of the exchange on Thursday.

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William and Harry, then 15 and 12, followed their mother Princess Diana’s coffin through central London in the glare of the world’s media after she was killed in a car crash in Paris aged 36 in 1997, a defining image of their lives.

The brothers, whose relationship has become strained in recent years, have spoken in the past of the lasting trauma they suffered following the death of their mother and that walk, during which they maintained an apathetic complexion despite the pain.

While the circumstances were different this time around, the queen having died peacefully at age 96 in her Scottish home, there were similarities – the emotion, the solemn pomp and the sense of an important event unfolding in front of crowds and cameras.

Source: CNN Brasil

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