Here’s What Fascinated Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis the Most About the Queen’s Funeral Plans

We’d be curious, too.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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Queen Elizabeth passed away on Thursday, September 8 which, coincidentally, was also the first day of school at Lambrook for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. For the next week, as their mother Kate Middleton drove them to school each day, the trio could see preparations for the Queen’s funeral continually unfold—and one part of the process in particular fascinated them, the new Princess of Wales said.

Last Thursday, while visiting operational staff who helped organize the Queen’s committal service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle the Monday prior, Kate said that the funeral’s security—specifically the security drones flying over Windsor before the funeral on Monday, September 19—fascinated her kids.

“When we’ve been doing the school run, we’ve been able to see the preparations going up,” she said while at the event at Windsor Guildhall, per People. “We’ve seen it growing.”

She praised the planning for the committal service, seeing it as “quite a mission” that was “so well organized.” Kate said her three kids were “beady-eyed” about the security drones and asked her about them.

George and Charlotte accompanied their parents to the state funeral and committal service, while Louis, at just four years old, was deemed too young to attend. Just weeks ago, the family of five moved from Kensington Palace in London to Windsor, where they live at Adelaide Cottage, just a half mile from Windsor Castle. According to People, “the relocation gave the family a unique vantage point as the funeral arrangements took shape in recent weeks.”

In an attempt to “keep things as normal as possible” for their children, the Prince and Princess of Wales have no known plans to relocate from their new home to Windsor Castle, where it was always assumed they would move after the Queen’s death. (The Queen had made Windsor her primary residence since the pandemic.) And, speaking of Windsor Castle, while visiting with mourners over the past couple of weeks, Kate said “it’s very strange being here without Her Majesty.”

Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.