Prince William comforts sombre Kate with supportive gesture as couple pay respects to Queen | The Sun

PRINCE William comforted Kate with a touching gesture as the royal couple paid their respects to the Queen.

William was seen reassuring his wife when leaving Westminster Hall by placing a comforting hand on her back with Kate seen curtsying towards the Queen.

Earlier today, the Prince of Wales walked side-by-side with his brother Harry behind the Queen's coffin as they reunited in grief for the Royal procession.

The sombre 38-minute procession saw King Charles lead the Queen's children and grandchildren from the Palace past thousands of mourners.

Kate didn't join the procession but left for Westminster Palace by car sitting beside Camilla, Queen Consort.

She was followed by another vehicle that carried the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex.

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The royals united in their grief as they watched the Queen's coffin being left on the catafalque of the vast hall.

Her Majesty's coffin was draped with the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown placed on a velvet cushion.

There were tears and raw emotion from some of the devastated family members as they joined in prayers for Her Majesty.

Princess Eugenie and her cousin Lady Louise were both pictured looking upset as the magnitude of the day sunk in during the emotional service.

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Prince Harry, who had earlier walked alongside his brother in the cortege, also wiped his face in a moment of raw emotion – holding hands with his wife Meghan Markle in a show of support.

Some of the other royals even appeared to put their rumoured differences aside as they stood supporting one another in the hall.

Meghan and Kate Middleton remained close as songs chosen by the Queen echoed from the wooden beams in the room.

The doors of Westminster Hall then opened at 5pm allowing crowds to pay tribute to the Queen's coffin as she lies in state.

It comes as…

  • Princes William and Harry stood shoulder to shoulder in the emotional walk from Buckingham Palace
  • Meghan Markle followed the procession in a car with Sophie while Princess Kate and Camilla were driven to Westminster Hall
  • Harry and Andrew wore suits after being banned from wearing military uniforms
  • No 10 revealed an update on calls for an annual bank holiday after a petition gathered thousands of signatures 

Millions are expected to line up for hours to pay tribute to Her Majesty's seven decades of service.

Soldiers will guard the coffin around the clock as the streams of mourners file past.

Members of the Royal Family are also expected to take turns standing guard in a tradition known as the Vigil of the Princes.

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Her Majesty will then be laid to rest on Monday, September 19, at 11am.

The state funeral has officially been declared as a Bank Holiday with a two minute's silence to be held across the nation on Sunday.

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