The Queen’s Funeral: William and Harry walk side by side in a procession to Westminster Abbey

Prince William and Prince Harry have once again put their differences aside to walk side by side in a procession bringing Queen Elizabeth’s coffin to the funeral service at Westminster Abbey in London.

It was a solemn walk from Westminster Hall, where Queen Elizabeth has lay in state since September 14, to the Abbey, where the funeral will begin at 11am local time on September 19.

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While William wore his military regalia, Harry, as a non-working king, wore a traditional morning suit.

While both poker faces remained and walked stiff and upright, Prince Andrew and King Charles wept openly as their march was accompanied by bagpipes and drums.

Prince Philip and Prince Harry are seen behind the Queen’s coffin. Recognition: Emilio Morenati/AP
On the right stands a thoughtful looking Prince Harry, behind him Prince Andrew. Recognition: Emilio Morenati/AP

Prior to last week’s Lying In State procession, the last time William and Harry walked like this was in such a solemn ceremony at the funeral of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.

Harry was just 12 at the time and William just 15.

King Charles III again led his family in the march behind the Queen’s coffin, which was transported on a 123-year-old gun wagon pulled by 98 Royal Navy seamen – a tradition dating back to Queen Victoria’s time.

The carriage left Westminster Hall at 10.44am for its short journey to Westminster Abbey.

Alongside King Charles, William and Harry in the royal procession behind the Queen’s coffin were Edward, the Earl of Wessex; Andrew, the Duke of York; Anne, the Princess Royal; Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne; Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

King Charles III ahead of the State Funeral on September 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images) Recognition: Joe Maher/Getty Images

Several members of the royal household also attended the procession, including the Queen’s private secretary, the caretaker, the equerry and the treasurer.

Crowds lined the short walk from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, where about 2,000 dignitaries had gathered inside for the historic funeral service.

Mourners line the Mall ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on September 19. Recognition: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Guests and officials take their seats before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into Westminster Abbey for her funeral. Recognition: Frank Augstein/AP

While Harry and William headed to Westminster Abbey together, their wives Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Princess of Wales traveled to the church in separate cars, in accordance with royal protocol.

Meghan was traveling with Sophie, Countess of Wessex while Kate was traveling with Camilla, Queen Consort.

Much has been said in recent days about the decision that Harry would not be allowed to wear his military uniform during the procession that brought Queen Elizabeth’s coffin to Westminster Hall on September 14.

Members of the Royal Family behind the Queen’s coffin during the ceremonial procession. Recognition: Getty Images

Prince Andrew was also not allowed to wear his military uniform for the Lying In State procession, but had been given “special permission” to wear it during a vigil her children held around the Queen’s coffin over the weekend.

This caused a stir when it was revealed that Prince Harry and the Queen’s other grandchildren would also be holding a vigil – but Harry would not be allowed to wear military regalia.

King Charles then reversed the decision and allowed Harry, who was serving in Afghanistan, to wear his military attire.

Prince William, the Prince of Wales, right, and Prince Harry attend the vigil for the Queen’s grandchildren at Westminster Hall. Recognition: Aaron Chown/AP

But the military uniform ban has been tightened for the funeral, which dictates that only working members of the royal family can wear their military insignia.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepped down from royal duties and moved to Canada, then the United States, in 2020.

During the procession and service, Harry showed how much his late grandmother meant to him by putting his hand to his forehead in a heartbreaking gesture of sadness.

Harry appeared to have had a special relationship with the Queen, despite the turmoil that followed after he and Meghan stepped down from the royal family.

An emotional Prince Harry at Westminster Hall. Recognition: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

He named his daughter Lilibet, a reference to Elizabeth’s childhood nickname.

In a September 12 statement, four days after the Queen’s death, Harry wrote of his grief.

“Grandma, while we are deeply saddened by this final goodbye, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories of being with you, to first meeting you as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife and yours hugging beloved great-grandchildren,” he wrote in an emotional statement posted to his Archewell website.

“I cherish those times I’ve shared with you and the many other special moments in between.

“You are already sorely missed, not only by us, but by the whole world.

“Thank you for your dedication to service. Thank you for your well-founded advice. Thank you for your contagious smile.

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019. Recognition: Getty Images

“We too are smiling knowing that you and grandpa are now reunited and both at peace together,” he added, referring to her husband Prince Philip, 73, who died last year.

Prince William told mourners outside Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate that the September 14 procession was a sad reminder of his mother Diana’s funeral.

“Prince William told a woman who sympathized with him at Sandringham that the procession was ‘very difficult’ and reminded him to walk behind his mother’s coffin,” revealed Royals reporter Richard Palmer.

Coverage of the Queen’s funeral continues on Channel 7 and 7plus The Queen’s Funeral: William and Harry walk side by side in a procession to Westminster Abbey

James Brien

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