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The Prince and Princess of Wales thank Windsor staff for the first public engagement after the funeral of Elizabeth II

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Prince William and Catherine have emerged from their period of mourning to carry out their first public engagement since the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The Prince and Princess of Wales wanted to thank staff at Windsor Castle for their involvement in Monday’s funeral service.

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Prince William is touched by the involvement of Windsor staff in the funeral arrangements

On September 19, 2022, the public funeral of Queen Elizabeth II took place, in the presence of heads of state from around the world at Westminster Abbey. A second service took place a few hours later, at St. George’s Chapel, after the coffin was transported to Windsor Castle.

This second funeral service was reserved for family members, loved ones and staff of royal residences who have witnessed during all these years in the privacy of the queen. The staff itself was involved in the organization of this burial mass.

The Prince and Princess of Wales met Windsor staff this Thursday September 22 (Photo: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM)

This Thursday, September 22, the Prince and Princess of Wales had gathered at Windsor Guildhall, Windsor Town Hall, the members of staff who worked on the organization of the funeral of Elizabeth II. Among them were also volunteers who lent a hand to the staff, in particular to help, guide and respond to the many visitors who traveled to Windsor on Monday to attend the procession.

William and Catherine, dressed in somber outfits as they continue to observe the period of royal mourning which lasts until Monday, warmly thanked all those familiar faces who since the Queen’s death on September 8 see their daily lives and their work disrupted. Prince William thanked all those who had formed a line of honor along the route of the procession which went all the way up the Long Walk.

William and Catherine in discussion with someone involved in Monday’s funeral arrangements (Photo: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM)

The royal family’s mourning period is officially 7 days after the funeral. However, Buckingham Palace has announced that some small public engagements may take place in connection with the funeral. Princess Anne, at the same time, was visiting Portsmouth Naval Base to thank the sailors who carried the Queen’s coffin through the streets of London during the two funeral processions.

Prince Edward is in Estonia, then in Germany, to thank the detachments of soldiers who participated in the funeral. Prince William had already made a departure from the observation of mourning last night. He was normally scheduled to travel to New York to open his Earthshot Prize climate summit. He canceled his trip but still recorded his speech on video which was shown during the event.

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Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. [email protected]