Sandringham: Prince William comforts mourners at Norfolk estate

Sandringham: Prince William comforts mourners at Norfolk estate

Kate and Prince William

Mourners in their thousands turned out to see both the Prince and Princess of Wales at Sandringham (Image: Getty Images/Reuters)

The Prince and Princess of Wales stood together in solemn silence and held back tears during their visit to Sandringham.

Prince William could be heard telling a woman yesterday: “Don’t cry, you’re starting me”, as he comforted many of the mourners and described the Queen as “everyone’s grandmother”.

He also revealed how walking behind the Queen’s procession brought back memories of Princess Diana.

William and Kate took time to read messages and look at the floral tributes at Norfolk Gate.

He told one woman how the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall had been “very difficult”.

News of the visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall meant thousands of people turned out to see them.

Norfolk Police advised on Thursday that an “increasing number” of people were expected and officers were managing a one-way system around the property.

Many people were happy to see the couple’s presence in Norfolk.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pay tribute in Sandringham Featuring: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Kate, Prince William, Prince of Wales Where: Sandringham, Norfolk, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2022 Credit: Cover Images ** All uses and enquiries, please contact info@cover-images.com - +44 (0)20 3397 3000**

Prince William saw some of the many floral tributes left for the Queen (Image: Cover images)

SANDRINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Catherine, Princess of Wales looks at the floral tributes outside the Sandringham Estate, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, on September 15, 2022 in Sandringham, England.  (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Thousands lined up to see both Kate and Prince William (Image: Getty Images)

The Prince and Princess of Wales look at floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  Photo date: Thursday, September 15, 2022. PA photo.  See PA story DEATH Queen.  Image credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Prince William said the Queen felt like ‘everyone’s grandmother’ (Image: PA)

Britain's William, Prince of Wales meets people gathered outside the Sandringham Estate, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in eastern England, Britain, September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People from all over the country and the world have shown respect (Image: Reuters)

The Princess of Wales meets well-wishers as she looks at floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  Photo date: Thursday, September 15, 2022. PA photo.  See PA story DEATH Queen.  Image credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Last week the Prince and Princess of Wales also greeted mourners outside Windsor Castle (Image: PA)

Caroline Barwick-Walters, 66 and from Neath in Wales, said: “He told us how difficult it was yesterday, how it brought back memories of walking behind his mother’s coffin.”

Receptionist Jane Wells, 54 and from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire, said: ‘I said how proud his mum would have been of him and he said how difficult it was yesterday because it brought back memories of his mum’s funeral.’

Peggy Butcher, 89 and a retired dry cleaner from March in Cambridgeshire, said: “He seemed to care about us because we cared about the Queen.”

She said she told William: “Thank you for sharing your grief with the nation,” and he replied “she was everyone’s grandmother”.

Meanwhile, the queue to see the Queen has been closed for at least six hours.

The queue has now reached full capacity – stretching back all the way to the end of the route in Southwark Park.

When mourners are able to rejoin the queue, the estimated wait time is now 14 hours.

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