Kate Middleton reveals son Louis is struggling to understand Queen’s death

The Princess of Wales has revealed how her sons are coping with the death of their great-grandmother the Queen.

Speaking to the Governor-General of Australia at a reception hosted for Commonwealth dignitaries ahead of the Queen’s funeral, Kate explained that four-year-old Louis is asking questions and struggling to understand.

David Hurley recalled his conversation with Kate, saying he told his eldest son Prince George, nine, “now realizing how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on”.

But four-year-old Louis is asking if the family’s summer trip to Balmoral Castle will still happen as he remembers them.

‘The little girl is now asking questions like, “Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral” and things like that, because she’s not going there?” said Mr. Hurley.

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Kate spoke to David Hurley at Buckingham Palace on Saturday about how her three children, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, were coping with the sudden loss of their great-grandmother

But four-year-old Louis is asking if the family's summer trip to Balmoral Castle will still happen as he remembers them.

But four-year-old Louis is asking if the family’s summer trip to Balmoral Castle will still happen as he remembers them.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis during Trooping the Color on June 2, 2022 in London, England

The pair were watching as the planes circled the sky

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis during Trooping the Color on June 2, 2022 in London, England

'The little one is now asking questions like, "Do you think when we go to Balmoral we can still play these games and stuff like that, because she's not going there?"' said Mr. Hurley

‘The little girl is now asking the question, “Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral and things like that, because she’s not going there?”‘ said Mr. Hurley

Speaking to well-wishers last week, the Princess of Wales revealed that Prince George understands the loss of his great-grandmother – while his younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ‘less so’.

“My daughter asked him how the kids were doing, and Kate thanked him and said that yes, they were doing well and were being looked after at school, so it was a good exchange,” one The well wisher shared his conversation.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will make a surprise appearance at their great-grandmother’s funeral today, walking past her coffin at Westminster Abbey.

The Daily Mail understands that the Prince and Princess of Wales thought ‘long and hard’ about whether their two eldest children, aged nine and seven, should join them.

But after George and Charlotte attended their great-grandfather’s memorial in March, William and Kate decided they could face the gravity of the occasion. Louis, the youngest of the couple, is only four years old and will not be attending.

“As a parent, they certainly thought long and hard about whether their kids should move in with them,” a source said. ‘Of course little Louis is too young, but he thinks George and Charlotte make up for it.’

It is understood that the children will also be in church this afternoon for the Commitment Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. A decision is also to be taken whether they want to join the procession there as well.

George and Charlotte will travel with Kate and Camilla to Abbey by car, before entering the procession on foot.

6.02am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

6.02am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

5.17am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

5.17am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

5.16am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

5.16am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

4.51am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

4.51am: The last members of the public pay tribute at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall today

A bell will ring 96 times, reflecting on the years of Queen Elizabeth’s life, at 11 a.m. before today’s state funeral service. Buckingham Palace said last night that the service would pay tribute to the Queen’s remarkable reign and life-long service as head of state, nation and Commonwealth.

It will be moderated by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, with hymns including The Lord’s My Shepherd and Love Divine. The text includes 1 Corinthians 15 20–26, 53–end and John 14 1–9a, all aspects chosen personally by the Queen.

A specially commissioned choral piece, Like as the Heart, composed by The King’s Master of Music, Judith Weir, will be sung by Westminster Abbey’s choir. The choir also sang a short anthem, O Taste and See, which was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The Queen's grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, attend a vigil at Westminster Abbey on Saturday night, pictured

The Queen’s grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, attend a vigil at Westminster Abbey on Saturday night, pictured

The Archbishop of Canterbury will give the readings, while Prime Minister Liz Truss will read the second text, which will feature prayers from prominent clerics, including the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of York.

Tears are sure to come over The Last Post and Reveal as well as the first major public rendition of the national anthem.

The performance of Sleep, Dear, Sleep, played by Rani’s Piper, will be of great importance to her family.

After the service, Westminster Abbey bells will be rung, completely muffled, as is the tradition after the sovereign’s funeral. The coffin will then continue its final journey through London to Windsor. The Committal Service at St. George’s Chapel at 4 p.m. will be shorter and far more personal.

And without cameras, the royal family will gather at 7.30 pm for a private intervention.

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