A young royal fan stood tall on her father’s shoulders as she gifted the newly appointed Prince of Wales a Paddington Bear toy as crowds gathered to mourn the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Prince William was joined with his wife, the Princess of Wales, along with Harry and Meghan Markle – in a reunion that that has delighted royal fans as they attempt to bury the hatchet.
The two couples went on an 40-minute walkabout inspecting the sea of floral tributes laid outside the gates of the royal estate in honour of the much-loved monarch.
Experts predict the moment could provide a turning point in the frayed relationship between newly-titled Waleses, and the Sussexes, who have been at odds following a series of damaging interviews by Harry and Meghan.
As well-wishers lined up to pay tribute to the Queen, a touching moment showed the young girl handing Prince William a Paddington toy. The bear from Peru has become widely associated with the Queen following their hilarious sketch together for the Platinum Jubilee just a few months ago.
Since the Queen’s death, Britons have taken time to reflect on the highlights of Her Majesty’s life – and the short sketch has been hailed as one of the many moments she showed her lighter side.
As the girl passes the Prince of Wales the bear, he can be heard saying, ‘That is so sweet. Thank you very much.’
This was the touching moment that a young girl handed Prince William a Paddington Bear toy. The bear has become widely associated with the Queen after their hilarious sketch together for the Platinum Jubilee just a few months ago
Prince William can be heard asking whether to put it with the other tributes or keep it himself. He decides that he will give it to his eldest son, Prince George
Prince William then points towards the other tributes that have been laid down and asks the family where he should put his new gift. ‘Is that going over there or do you want me to keep it?’ he can be heard asking.
The young royal fan decides that the gift is William’s to keep as her father tells him ‘Either, maybe give it to your children.’
And that is exactly what the Prince of Wales decided to do. In a sweet moment he tells the young girl that he wants to give it to his eldest son.
‘I might give it to George, thank you very much,’ Prince William can be heard saying.
After yesterday’s tributes at Windsor Castle, well-wishers in Scotland are paying a fond farewell to the Queen today as her coffin left Balmoral to begin a six-hour journey to Edinburgh, where it will rest overnight at the Palace of Holyroodhouse before lying in state at St Giles’ Cathedral.
It will begin its final leg to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where she will be buried alongside her beloved husband, Prince Philip, alongside her father, George VI, the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle to greet well-wishers
Experts predict the moment could prove a turning point in the frayed relationship between newly-titled Waleses and the Sussexes (pictured here together in 2020), who have been at odds following a number of damaging interviews by Harry and Meghan about the royals
The Prince and Princess of Wales view the tributes left after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle
Prince George, who might now become the recipient of the Paddington Bear toy, is the first-born of Kate and William, and is now second in line to the throne. Their two other children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are third and fourth in line now.
The three children started at their new £50,000 per year school, Lambrook, the day before the Queen’s death.
The Waleses moved to the four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage in Windsor last Saturday to be closer to the new school near Ascot.
They are beginning a new life in the country away from the goldfish bowl of their official London residence Kensington Palace which is being seen as a bid to put their children first and give them more freedom.
Kate had stayed at Windsor Castle with the children as other family members rushed to the Queen’s bedside at Balmoral, where she peacefully died aged 96.
But alongside her husband, Harry and Meghan, the four put aside their differences to join King Charles III on a walkabout around the castle – after Prince William extended an ’11th-hour’ olive branch to the Sussexes, following a phone call with the new monarch.
It comes after the new King expressed his ‘love’ for Harry and Meghan in his first speech to the nation.
Prince William paid tribute to his late grandmother yesterday, the first time he had publicly spoken since her death. ‘She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life,’ he said.
‘I need to get fitter so some karate lessons might help me out’: Moment Prince William jokes with mourner who offers him martial arts training while he meets well-wishers in Windsor
By Rachel Muir For MailOnline
An amusing video shows the moment Prince William was offered karate lessons by a personal trainer yesterday as he spoke to the crowds outside Windsor Castle.
During a 40-minute walkabout alongside Prince Harry and wives Catherine and Meghan, the new Prince of Wales spent time talking to well-wishers who had gathered in their thousands.
And perhaps in an attempt to put a smile on the face of the grieving prince, Sensei Amie Benton told him to call her ‘anytime’ to arrange some karate lessons, saying her club was ‘only round the corner’.
William, who has recently moved to nearby Adelaide Cottage with his wife and three children, responded: ‘I need to get fitter so some karate lessons might help me out.’
Both flexed their muscles and laughed, with Prince William testing out his skills with some karate chop gestures.
In the background Catherine, now Princess of Wales, can be seen leaning in to talk to people in the crowd and accepting a large bouquet of white flowers.
The Prince of Wales tested out his skills with some karate chop gestures, while Sensei Amie Benton told him to call her ‘anytime’ to arrange some lessons
One well-wisher said Kate ‘welled up’ as she told children that her youngest son Louis – who stole the hearts of the nation during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations – consoled her by telling her: ‘At least Grannie is with great grandpa now.’
Another royal fan who spoke to Harry and Meghan told MailOnline: ‘It’s lovely to see them both together. Maybe they can get back to a proper relationship.
‘A lovely ripple went through the crowd as they approached. Hopefully the healing between Harry and his brother can start now. I’m just so excited to have seen them both together. It’s lovely.’
Prince William jokingly responded to Sensei Benton’s offer of lessons, saying he does need to get fitter
During a 40-minute walkabout alongside Prince Harry and wives Catherine and Meghan, the new Prince of Wales spent time talking to well-wishers who had gathered in their thousands
Another added: ‘It might build some bridges. It might have been the Queen’s wish.’ And one girl, who hugged Meghan during the walkabout, said she was pleased to see the Waleses and the Sussexes back together again.
Yesterday’s surprise appearance is thought to be the first time that the two couples have all been in public together since Commonwealth Day on March 9, 2020.
And it is the first time William and Harry have been seen together in public since they joined for the opening of the memorial in honour of their mother, Princess Diana.