Kate Middleton oozes elegance as she arrives at Westminster Abbey wearing the Queen's jewelry
LONDON, ENGLAND: Kate Middleton beamed with elegance as she arrived for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral with her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Princess of Wales donned a tasteful black ensemble as she joined senior members of the Royal Family to pay their respects to the late monarch at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19. Kate opted to wear a pair of drop earrings and a triple-string pearl choker from the Queen's personal jewelry collection that she inherited. The mother-of-two arrived at the abbey holding hands with her daughter Charlotte, 7, who would join her brother in walking behind their great-grandmother's coffin.
Prince George, 9, and Charlotte joined their parents at the funeral to say a final goodbye to their beloved 'Gan Gan.'
The Cambridges brought the second-in-line along to the state funeral after senior palace advisers said it would send a powerful symbolic message about the future of The Firm. It's intriguing to note that George is now second in the line of succession at the tender age of nine, after having recently started a new school. Considering, royal aides thought it would be wholesome for the public to see the young Prince, who is technically the future of the monarchy. George and Charlotte were also present at the funeral of their great grandfather Prince Philip last year.
It's worth noting that Kate has had her hands full amid the somber proceedings, supporting her husband Prince William publicly while preparing her children to adjust to life without their much-loved Gan Gan.
The Queen's demise will definitely come as a blow to George, Charlotte as well as four-year-old Prince Louis, as they begin a new life with their parents at Adelaide Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the sovereign spent most of the year.
As noted by the Daily Mail, two of the Queen's other great-grandchildren -- Mia and Lena Tindall -- were present at Westminster Hall on Friday for her lying-in-state. They were spotted alongside their parents Zara and Mike Tindall as their grandmother, Princess Anne, joined her three brothers for a solemn vigil beside the sovereign's coffin.
Kate and the Queen are said to have shared a special bond and were often seen in public together. The Princess of Wales is said to have impressed the monarch with her "down-to-earth" attitude. Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton said in May that the monarch spent a significant amount of her time nurturing the relationship between The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after "making mistakes with Charles and Diana."
Morton explained at the time, "The thing about Kate is the Queen was impressed she adored and loved William for himself, not for his title. She spends a lot more time supporting and nurturing the relationship between William and Catherine than she did with Charles and Diana. It's pretty clear she wasn't going to make that mistake again." He added, "Everything that happened in [Kate and William's] relationship was quite strategic, quite thought through, after a period of time. In the beginning, nobody in the royal household expected for a second that the university romance between Catherine and William would continue for any time after they graduated, like most college romances which disintegrate under the intense scrutiny of jobs and geography."