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

The Princess of Wales has revealed how her children are dealing with the death of their great-grandmother, the Queen.

Speaking to the Governor-General of Australia at a reception for dignitaries in the Commonwealth before the Queen’s funeral today, Kate made it clear that four-year-old Louis is asking questions and struggling to make sense of them.

David Hurley recalled his conversation with Kate, saying she revealed that her eldest son, Prince George, nine, “is now kind of aware of how important his grandmother is and what’s going on.”

But four-year-old Lewis asks if the family’s summer visit to Balmoral Castle will remain as he remembers it.

Mr Hurley said: “The junior 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 won’t be there?”

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Kate spoke to David Hurley at Buckingham Palace on Saturday about how her three children Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, four, are coping with the sudden loss of their great-grandmother.

Kate spoke to David Hurley at Buckingham Palace on Saturday about how her three children Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, four, are coping with the sudden loss of their great-grandmother.

But four-year-old Lewis asks if the family's summer visit to Balmoral Castle will remain as he remembers it.

But four-year-old Lewis asks if the family’s summer visit to Balmoral Castle will remain as he remembers it.

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

The couple was watching planes flying in the sky

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

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“The junior is now asking questions like, ‘Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral and things like that, because it won’t be there? Mr Hurley said

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

“My daughter asked her how the children were, and Kate thanked her and said yes, they were doing well and being looked after at school, so that was a nice exchange,”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will make a surprise appearance at their grandmother’s funeral today, as they walk behind her coffin in Westminster Abbey.

The Daily Mail understands that the Prince and Princess of Wales have thought “long and hard” about whether they should be joined by their two oldest children, aged nine and seven.

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

“As parents, they have thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them,” one source said. “Of course little Louis is very young, but they think George and Charlotte are capable of it.”

It is understood that children will also be in congregation for the commissioning service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon. A decision must be made as to whether they feel willing to participate in the procession there as well.

George and Charlotte will travel by car to the Abbey with Kate and Camilla, before joining the procession as it enters the footpath.

6.02 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Westminster Hall today

6.02 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall today

5.17 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Westminster Hall today

5.17 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall today

5.16 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Westminster Hall today.

5.16 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall today.

4.51 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Westminster Hall today

4.51 am: Final audience members pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall today

Before today’s state funeral service at 11am, the bell will be rung 96 times, reflecting the years of Queen Elizabeth’s life. Buckingham Palace said last night that the mass will pay tribute to the Queen’s remarkable reign and her lifetime of service as head of state, nation and Commonwealth.

It will be directed by Dr. David Howell, Dean of Westminster, with hymns including The Lord’s My Shepherd and Love Divine. The lessons appear in 1 Corinthians 15 20-26, 53 the end and John 14 1-9a, with the queen personally choosing for all aspects.

A specially commissioned choral piece, such as As The Hart, by master of The King’s Music, Judith Weir, will be sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir. The choir will also sing a short anthem, O Taste And See, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

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

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

The Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver a reading, while Prime Minister Liz Truss will read the second lesson, with prayers from prominent clergy including the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of York.

Tears are sure to flow at The Last Post and Reveille, as well as the national anthem’s first major public performance.

Performing the role of the sleepover, Derry, the sleep that Queen Piper performs will be of great significance to her family.

After the service, the bells of Westminster Abbey will be rung, completely muffled, as in the tradition that follows the King’s funeral. The coffin then continues its final journey through London and out to Windsor. The commitment service at St George’s Chapel at 4 p.m. will be smaller and more personal.

With no cameras, the royal family will gather for a private burial at 7.30pm.

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