Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, walk behind parents William and Kate Middleton to Queen's funeral | The Sun

PRINCESS Charlotte and Prince George today solemnly walked behind their gan-gan's coffin in a sombre procession at the Queen's funeral.

The seven-year-old princess walked with her older brother, nine, as they joined their family for the emotional service.

The royal children are the youngest mourners at their great-grandmother’s state funeral today.

Their late inclusion is believed to be the idea of parents Prince William and Kate who believed it important they attend the historic occasion.

The youngsters looked sombre as they walked alongside their parents into Westminster Abbey.

William was seen in a Range Rover with a police escort heading towards the palace shortly after 10.15am.

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He had a reflective expression on his face as he travelled with Princess Charlotte beside him in the car.

The royals then appeared to switch cars as William moved to travel alongside his dad, King Charles.

Charlotte and George sat side by side in another car, with Kate and Camilla sat behind.

In emotional scenes, Charlotte and George are set to walk with their ­parents — and in front of Harry and Meghan — as they follow the late monarch’s coffin in a procession.

The royal youngsters are among the 2,000 people gathered at Westminster Abbey before a committal service at Windsor Castle. 

It is their chance to say goodbye to the woman they called “gan gan”.

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George and Charlotte previously walked hand-in-hand with their parents at the thanksgiving service for Prince Philip in March.

The King is leading the Royal Family as they walk in solemn procession behind the Queen's coffin at her historic state funeral.

Charles, 73, appeared sombre as he followed his late mother being carried to Westminster Abbey on a gun carriage.

Crowds of heartbroken mourners have flocked to London, Windsor and royal sites throughout the UK on the national bank holiday.

The entire funeral ceremony is being screened on television to an estimated worldwide audience of four billion people.

The 2,000 mourners inside include heads of state, foreign royals and almost 200 key workers and volunteers.

William and Kate's youngest child Louis will not be at either service.

The four-year-old is struggling to understand the Queen's death, mum Kate has revealed.

The Princess of Wales said her eldest son George is "sort of realising how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on".

But she said Louis is struggling – and has been asking a lot of questions ahead of his "Gan-Gan's" funeral today.

Kate made the revelations while speaking to Australia's Governor-General at a reception held for Commonwealth dignitaries last night.

Recalling the chat, David Hurley said:  "The younger one is now asking questions like, 'do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral' and things like that, because she's not going to be there?'" 

It comes as…

  • Solemn King Charles leads the Royal Family in an emotional procession behind the Queen's coffin
  • Meghan Markle bowed her head as she joined the Royals
  • Prince Andrew wore a suit after being banned from his military uniform
  • Two thousand mourners including world leaders gathered for the funeral

It comes after up to 400,000 people queued for hours to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall, which ended at 6.30am.

The Queen will today be re­united with her beloved Philip, the monarch’s “rock and stay” for more than seven decades.

At a private service inside Windsor Castle, Her Majesty will be buried with the Duke of Edinburgh, who died 18 months ago, aged 99.

Last night, a never-before-seen photograph of the smiling Queen was released by her family on the eve of her funeral.

She is seen wearing her Aquamarine Clip Brooches, a gift on her 18th birthday by her father King George VI.

It was taken in May for a collection to mark her Platinum Jubilee celebrations for serving 70 years on the throne.

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