'We thought she might get a bit more': Prince William opens up on how the Queen's death shocked the family
Prince William said they are 'trying to keep everything constant' for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince William and Princess Kate emotionally made a public appearance at Sandringham Estate while the couple continues to mourn the late Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her state funeral. The new Prince and Princess of Wales have revealed that since the death of their children's beloved 'Gan Gan', they are 'trying to keep everything constant' for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
According to Daily Mail, Prince William, while speaking with well-wishers outside the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Thursday, September 15, told the royal fans that he thought that his grandmother might live longer for the Queen's mother lived for more than a century and died at the age of 101. The Prince of Wales and his family moved to Windsor over the summer and had enrolled his children at Lambrook School when the Queen passed away at the age of 96.
Kate remained a 'dedicated mother' even after the Queen's demise as she stayed in Windsor to look after the children while Prince William raced up to Balmoral where the Queen had been staying. William and Kate, both 40, added that their children were 'doing ok' before telling the royal fans that the children are 'settling in' after their great-grandmother passed away during 'the first week of school'. Prince William told a well-wisher, Karen Anvil, "We're trying to keep everything constant and settled for them." He admitted there was lots of talk of the Queen's death among the pupils and agreed it was the 'only talking point'.
The Prince of Wales also spoke about how lovely it was that his children were able to have a relationship with their great-grandmother. "I remember my great-grandmother, you see. She lived until 101. We thought my grandmother might get a bit more" he said. Kate Middleton also spoke to royal fans before she and her husband looked at the tributes to the late Queen, telling them the children were 'in a routine' and coping with their great grandmother's death. She said, "They're in school and they're being well looked after. They're in a routine and they're happy." The Princess of Wales added the young princes and princess had made 'new friends'.
Kate, while speaking about the thousands of tributes that had been laid for the late Queen, said "All the messages and the outpouring of love for Her Majesty, I think it's really extraordinary." While the royal couple met with well-wishers, the Princess of Wales showed her fondness for children as she picked a young girl out of the crowd to lay down a Corgi toy she had brought as a tribute. The highly generous mother of three also invited a schoolgirl Elizabeth Sulkovska after she spotted her and asked Sulkovska to walk alongside her to leave her own personal gift to Her Majesty which was a bouquet of flowers and a teddy.
The eight-year-old sobbed and had tears in her eyes as she recalled the moment "I went with her to put the flowers and the corgi down. She said, "Where do you think we should lay the flowers?" and I said "We should put them there"."