Kate and William poised for poignant Army centre visit to honour Queen today

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Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, will visit an Army training centre in Surrey to meet troops taking part in funeral arrangements.  It comes a day after the Prince and Princess of Wales met mourning Britons outside of Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved country home. Today’s visit will be especially poignant as at Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday, September 19, more than 1,000 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines join the procession bidding a final farewell to the beloved monarch.

They toured the 30,000 flower bouquets, balloons, notes and other tributes left since Her Majsty’s death.

William and Kate spent about 45 minutes speaking with mourners gathered outside the Norwich Gates.

Speaking in Norwich, William said walking behind the Queen’s coffin on Wednesday “brought back a few memories” of Princess Diana’s funeral.

Speaking to one woman, he said: “I mean the walk yesterday was challenging, it brought back a few memories…”

The Prince also spoke to receptionist Jane Wells, from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire, who said she had told the prince how proud his mother would have been of him.

She told the BBC: “He said how hard it was yesterday because it brought back memories of his mother’s funeral.”

Caroline Barwick-Walters, of Neath in Wales, added she told William “thank you for sharing your grief with the nation”, and that he replied “she was everybody’s grandmother”.

Bex Neeve, 44, from the county of Norfolk, waited over two hours to see the couple and shared a few words with them.

She told PEOPLE: “William said he thinks Monday will be hard. Kate said it’s been overwhelming and she and William are very grateful for everyone being here. 

“She was emotional. They seemed like they were here to soak up all the love.”

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Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.

A national two-minute silence will be held as the service draws to a close just before midday.

Buckingham Palace added on Thursday that the Queen had requested personal touches to her funeral, including the playing of a lament by her piper.

William and Prince Harry will walk behind the Queen’s coffin again on Monday, as part of the funeral procession to Westminster Abbey.

The Queen’s coffin will be carried on the gun carriage that was used for the funerals of Edward VII, George V, George VI and Sir Winston Churchill. It will be pulled by 142 Royal Navy sailors.



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