Prince William, heir to the crown, and his brother Harry, as well as their respective wives Kate and Meghan gathered together on Saturday afternoon in memory of the queen, before enjoying a long walkabout around the castle of Windsor.
This is the first collective public appearance of the two brothers and their wives since March 9, 2020.
Renowned for being cold, the two couples dressed in black created a surprise by walking abreast to the applause of the crowd gathered to pay homage to Elizabeth IIdied Thursday.
Those who were once nicknamed “the fantastic four” first gathered in front of the bed of bouquets of flowers placed by the hundreds at the gates of Windsor Castle, where the monarch has lived most of the time for the past two years.
They then enjoyed a huge walkabout, descending the famous “Long Walk”, a long avenue crossing the park which leads to the castle.
William and Kate on one side, Harry and Meghan on the other, they shook hands, discussed at length with the crowd and accepted the flowers that were handed to them by the dozens.
Earlier on Saturday, Prince William, now heir to the throne, had in a poignant tribute to his grandmother said he would support his father King Charles III “in any way possible” to honor Elizabeth’s memory. II.
The presence of William and Harry side by side could be the sign of a reconciliation for the two brothers known to be cold since Harry and Meghan announced in 2020 their withdrawal from the monarchy and moved to the United States.
A year later, the couple confided in a shock interview on American television that Kate had made Meghan cry and accuse the royal family of racism. What William will firmly deny.
If they appeared together, the two brothers, however, did not make public statements and left in separate cars.
Prime Minister Liz Truss sworn in as new King
Earlier in the afternoon, British Prime Minister Liz Truss and several members of the House of Commons took an oath of allegiance to the country’s new king, Charles III, on Saturday.
House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said the rest of the MPs would be sworn in another time due to “time constraints”. The House of Commons convened for a rare session on Saturday, to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday after 70 years of reign. The meeting is due to last until 10 p.m. local time and will end with a message of condolence to the King.
According to British media, this will be the last session of the House until the end of the period of national mourning.