Princess Charlotte was photographed crying and rubbing her eyes outside the church after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service. Kate Middleton, Charlotte’s mother, comforted her by rubbing her back as the little girl said goodbye to her great-grandmother.
Outside the funeral service, Charlotte was surrounded by members of the Royal Family as well as thousands of onlookers, which appeared to be a bit overwhelming for the youngster, who became emotional.
Charlotte was the youngest attendee at the funeral. She sat in the church with her mother, father, Prince William, and older brother, Prince George, 9. Prince Louis, their four-year-old son, did not attend the ceremony.
Charlotte, 7, was well-behaved during the service, singing along to the hymns played in honor of The Queen. Kate kept a close eye on Charlotte and George throughout the day, as William was required to perform some separate Royal duties at various points during the proceedings.
Charlotte had a big day, as she demonstrated her maturity all through the funeral lasted. The first and only daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton wore significant jewelry for the first time, a horseshoe brooch in honor of her great-grandmother.
The Queen has long been an equestrian enthusiast, and the brooch represented Her Majesty’s passion for horses. Charlotte also donned a hat for the first time in public; her black hat matched her black coat and tights.
On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. Her funeral was held 11 days later because there was a period of mourning in the United Kingdom first. Charlotte and her brothers had only started a new school year the day before The Queen died.