Prince William 'made decision on procession' claims host
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Prince William and Prince Charles took prominent roles in the procession that escorted Prince Philip to St. George’s Chapel for the Royal Family’s final farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince of Wales led the cortege instead of the Queen, who followed her children, three grandchildren and nephew in a state car. According to historian Robert Lacey, Prince Charles and his eldest son will play an increasingly important role in supporting Her Majesty now the Duke is gone but insisted they will not be “taking over” from the Queen.
Mr Lacey told BBC News the Queen will remain in charge of the Royal Family while the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge may take on further duties to support her.
He insisted the royal father-son duo will not be taking over from Her Majesty “in any way” in the coming months but will continue to represent the Queen both domestically and internationally.
Prince Charles has been undertaking tours abroad on behalf of the crown for years and since his mother stopped travelling abroad in 2015, he became one of the leading members of the Royal Family to travel around the world.
Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have also picked up the pace when it comes to conducting visits abroad but were forced to slow down because of current travel restrictions brought in by the pandemic.
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During the pandemic, both Prince Charles and Prince William took on an increasing number of duties as they continued to conduct both virtual and public engagements.
While the Queen did undertake several duties in public, the numbers of outings significantly decreases in the past year because of the ongoing pandemic and the attempts to ensure Her Majesty remains as shielded as possible.
In December, the Royal Family came together to mark the end of a special tour Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge undertook across Britain in a way many suggested indicated the new team of leading royals supporting Her Majesty in her duties.
Spearheaded by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the team also includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal as well as Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.
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Prince Charles has been shadowing the Queen as her closest successor since becoming Prince of Wales in 1969.
In recent years, he took on some of the duties Prince Philip left behind after he retired aged 95 – including escorting Her Majesty to deliver the Queen’s Speech in Parliament twice in 2019 and 2020.
Prince Charles and Prince William were also included in the unprecedented Sandringham Summit set up to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future as royals after announcing plans to step down.
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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex is also expected to take on an increasing role of support for the Queen in the coming months.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams noted the Countess is “extremely close” to the Queen and claimed the pair spend a lot of time together.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Sophie has become extremely close to the Queen who spends a great deal of time with her and she will be a great comfort during this sad period.”
And with the Royal Family having undergone severe downsizing because of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure, as well as Prince Andrew’s retirement from duty, Sophie and husband Prince Edward will likely play an increasingly more important role in supporting the Queen.
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