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William seen ahead of final public appearance before Queen’s funeral

Queen's funeral: The world 'will be watching' says Fitzwilliams

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The nation has been in a period of official National Mourning since Her Majesty’s passing, which will come to an end seven days after Her Majesty’s state funeral.

The funeral will take place tomorrow, September 19, in Westminster Abbey.

Ahead of this, Prince William has attended what has been described as the “state reception of the century”.

These include King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, according to reports.

Joe Biden, who earlier today said he was “honoured” to meet the Queen, and Emmanuel Macron will also be present.

In his first speech as King, Charles III said he was “proud” to create William Prince of William.

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“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.”

At the same time as this evening’s event, a ceremony will be held at the Kelpies sculptures near Falkirk, Scotland.

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A service will be held by the Very Reverend Martin Fair, a former Moderator of The Church of Scotland.

During this, 96 lanterns will be lowered into The Kelpies pool of reflection.

This is at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal.

Wreaths created by local organisations will later be placed into the water to honour the 70 year reign of Her Majesty.

Those attending the ceremony will later have the opportunity to pay their respect to Elizabeth II during the national minute of silence.

This will take place at 8pm.

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