India Hicks tears up as she pushes wheelchair-bound mother Lady Pamela to the Queen's funeral to pay last respects
Lady Pamela, daughter of Lord Mountbatten and cousin of Prince Philip, shared a close bond with Her Majesty
LONDON, UK: King Charles’ goddaughter India Hicks got emotional as she pushed her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, into Westminister Hall to say last goodbyes and pay her respect to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, September 8.
India, 55, walked into Britain’s historic church to attend the state funeral of Her Majesty, in an all-black look with a long-sleeved black dress and knee-high Louboutin boots, while her wheel-chair bound mother appeared to be wearing a long black coat.
Lady Pamela, daughter of Lord Mountbatten and cousin of Prince Philip, shared a close bond with Her Majesty. She was also a bridesmaid at the royal wedding of Her Majesty and Prince Philip. She previously served as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. The father of Lady Pamela, Earl Mountbatten, was seen as hugely influential in the early life of the Queen and Philip. Out of love for Lord Mountbatten, Philip and Queen often referred to him as ‘Uncle Dickie'.'
Just like her mother, India was a bridesmaid when King Charles exchanged vows with Princess Diana. Married to David Flint Wood, India is a proud mother of Wesley, 24, Felix, 24, Amory, 22, Conrad, 18, and daughter Domino, 13. India and David made their home in the Bahamas but were in the United Kingdom last week when they received the heartbreaking news of Queen Elizabeth’s demise.
Lady Pamela, who is also a distant cousin of Her Majesty, is often seen speaking highly about the late Queen. Last year, she did a podcast interview, in which she recalled how the Queen was ‘kind’ and ‘patient’ to her mother-in-law Princess Alice of Battenberg, who didn’t share very good relations with Prince Philip and the Queen, despite living under the same roof.
"I remember, she was staying at Windsor and we were waiting to go into lunch," Lady Pamela recalled. "The equerry had come to collect her for lunch with the Queen. He was a new equerry, a young man of about 20, and thought he must entertain Princess Alice and talk to her. He unwisely asked, 'and what have you been doing this morning, Ma'am,' to which Princess Alice replied: 'And what has that got to do with you?"'
More than 2000 royals and world leaders have gathered in London’s Westminister Hall to pay last respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Her private burial service will be held around midnight. Meanwhile, huge crowds built in central London overnight and since early morning to secure a spot to watch the state funeral at Westminster Abbey.