PRINCES William and Harry have reunited for an emotional side-by-side walk behind The Queen’s coffin today.
Heartbroken fans have rushed to comment on how “triggering” the walk must have been for the brothers, given they had to walk behind their mother’s coffin as young boys.
This afternoon, members of royal family looked sombre as they left Buckingham Palace for Westminster Hall where the Queen is now lying in state.
Princess Diana was laid to rest on September 6, 1997, exactly a week after her horror car crash in Paris.
Prince William was aged 15 at the time with Prince Harry aged 12.
As many as 2,000 people attended the ceremony in Westminster Abbey, where her coffin was brought on a gun carriage from Kensington Palace.
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Although it was not an official state funeral, a full deployment of royal pageantry characterised the sombre ceremony.
As the coffin made the 1hr 47min journey from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey, distraught young Princes, William and Harry, walked behind their late mother alongside Prince Charles, Prince Philip and her brother Earl Charles Spencer.
Royal fans took to Twitter today to comment on William and Harry walking in the Royal procession.
One said: “Heartbreaking to look at William and Harry walking behind their grandma’s coffin, knowing they did the same for their mum when they were so young.
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“Can only imagine what awful memories it’s bringing back.”
Another added: “This must bring back some really tough memories for William and Harry.”
A third commented: “Prince William and Prince Harry have now marched behind the coffin of a loved one at least four times: Princess Diana, their own mother at ages 15 & 12, the Queen Mother, Prince Philip, and now their “Granny” Queen Elizabeth II.”
Today, the Duke of Sussex stood with his brother to his right and Princess Anne's son, Peter Phillips, to his left.
At the back is the Princess Royal's husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, to his right is Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the grandson of George V.
And the Earl of Snowdon – son of Princess Margaret, The Queen's sister – is to The Duke's right.
Camilla, The Queen Consort, Kate, The Princess of Wales, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are not in the procession.
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They are instead in cars behind those marching, before exiting their vehicles and walking into Westminster Hall with the rest of the procession.
Her Majesty's coffin will travel by gun carriage, towed by The King's Guard.
The procession will travel from Buckingham Palace and then up The Mall, before moving down Horse Guards Road and past Horse Guards Parade.
It will then travel down Whitehall, onto Parliament Square and end at the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Hall at around 3pm.
A short service will then be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury after the coffin’s arrival in Westminster Hall.
Here, The Queen will lie in state from 5pm until her state funeral on Monday.
Members of the public have been queuing up to pay their respects to The Queen – with queues already stretching for miles.
Millions are expected to file past Her Majesty's coffin over the coming days.
It comes as a Cabinet Office source told The Sun estimated queue times lurched from 200 to 2000 hours in just two hours on Wednesday morning – equivalent to 83 days.
An estimated 750,000 Brits plan to flood into London to pay their respects.
The Queen left Scotland for the final time on Tuesday and arrived into London later that night.
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Princess Anne accompanied her mother on the emotional journey back to RAF Northolt and then onto the Palace.
Thousands braved the pouring rain to line roads to witness Her Majesty's hearse travel to Buckingham Palace for the last time.
She spent her last night at the royal residence where members of the family gathered – led by King Charles III and the Queen Consort.
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