Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton greeted mourners at Sandringham on Thursday, where he cracked a lighthearted joke about his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, had a special relationship with the cartoon character Paddington Bear and was known for her affection for corgis during her 70-year tenure on the British throne.
William, 40, noticed a well-wisher named Gemma Schultz outside the property in Norfolk, England, whose baby was wearing a T-shirt with the bear on it.
The Prince of Wales then joked about the animal’s increasing popularity.
He noted how Paddington “thumped the corgi off the top” and that Her late Majesty’s dogs “wouldn’t take it well”.
Recalling her brief meeting with the Duke of Cambridge on the BBC, Schultz said: “We spoke to William and we spoke to Kate, both said it [her son’s] little outfits, how beautiful they were. All the things they do for everyone is just so beautiful.”
Royals fans have left flowers, tributes and condolences at Sandringham to show their love for their late Queen.
William even reportedly told a woman waiting that Wednesday’s procession to bring the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Hall was “very difficult” and “brought back a few memories” as he walked behind his mother Princess Diana’s coffin in 1997 .
“Don’t cry now, you’re killing me,” he said to a mourner.
“I’m learning that she was everyone’s grandmother — that’s how people reacted,” he also told a member of the crowd.
The father-of-three posted a heartfelt tribute to his grandmother shortly after her death.
“I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that comes from a different age but is relevant to all of us,” he wrote, saying he will “honor her memory.” by supporting my father The King, in every possible way.”
He later told the Sunday Times of London: “One day I will lead the family. And it’s important that I can do that.”
King Charles III rose to power immediately after the Queen’s death and William was subsequently bestowed the title of Prince of Wales. The role was previously held by William’s father, when he was known as “Prince Charles” during his mother’s lifetime.
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