Kate and William: return to the front of the stage despite the mourning

Toujours vêtue de noir, pour respecter la période de deuil, la princesse Catherine a rejoint son époux, le prince William, pour remercier le personnel et les bénévoles des funérailles de la reine, le 22 septembre 2022.

A few days after Queen Elizabeth’s burial, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Windsor Town Hall to thank the staff and volunteers who helped organize the royal funeral. A first public outing for Kate and William as the royal family observes a period of mourning.

It was they, in the shadows, who took care of all the details of the precise organization of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. They managed the crowds massed along the Long Walk to catch a glimpse of the royal hearse. They helped pick up the thousands of bouquets of flowers. They served alongside first aid teams. On Monday September 19, 2022, during the Queen’s funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the presence of castle staff and hundreds of volunteers was essential to the smooth running of the event.

For their first public appearance after the burial, the Prince and Princess of Wales showed their generosity, going to thank the staff who helped organize the funeral of the Queen.
For their first public appearance after the burial, the Prince and Princess of Wales showed their generosity, going to thank the staff who helped organize the funeral of the Queen. © PA Photos / Abaca

To thank them for their dedication, William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, visited Windsor Town Hall on September 22, 2022. Their first public outing since the Queen’s funeral, followed by 5, 1 billion viewers worldwide.

In a studious but relaxed atmosphere, the Prince and Princess of Wales wanted to thank the funeral staff and volunteers, and share with them their difficulty and their feelings.
In a studious but relaxed atmosphere, the Prince and Princess of Wales wanted to thank the funeral staff and volunteers, and share with them their difficulty and their feelings. © PA Photos / Abaca

While the royal family is still observing a multi-day period of mourning (which effectively means wearing black outfits during their public appearances), the couple have had a long chat with these workers whose role, according to the princess Catherine, was “vital”.

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Windsor Castle to thank the team of volunteers and castle staff who took care of the Queen's funeral on Thursday, September 22.
The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Windsor Castle to thank the team of volunteers and castle staff who took care of the Queen’s funeral on Thursday, September 22. © PA Photos / Abaca

When one of the volunteers hinted at how difficult the past few days must have been for the royal family, Prince William tried, as usual, to be optimistic: “Seeing the glass half full and seeing how people support you makes things more bearable,” he explains.

The Prince of Wales even allowed himself to joke with them, saying that Paddington Bear – who the Queen did a sketch with during her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 – was an “added value” in the tributes paid to the queen, taking precedence over the corgis “which have however been there for a longer time”.

Very attentive, Prince William and Princess Katherine collected the testimonies of the little hands of the shadows, having helped in the organization of the funeral of the queen.
Very attentive, Prince William and Princess Catherine collected the testimonies of the little hands of the shadows, having helped in the organization of the funeral of the queen. © PA Photos / Abaca

Princess Catherine, dressed in black like her husband, seems moved when she hears a volunteer explain that nearly 100,000 people, sometimes from far away, went to Windsor to say a last farewell to the queen. Even today, and as in all their commitments on behalf of the Crown, the Prince and Princess of Wales want to be as close as possible to the British.

Humility as the first quality of the Prince and Princess of Wales, by going to see the staff and volunteers to thank them for their involvement in the royal funeral in Windsor.
Humility as the first quality of the Prince and Princess of Wales, by going to see the staff and volunteers to thank them for their involvement in the royal funeral in Windsor. © PA Photos / Abaca

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