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.
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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