Prince William ‘choked up’ after spotting special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William “choked up” when he spotted a special tribute to his grandmother the Queen among the sea of flowers. The heir to the throne said he felt tearful when he saw Paddington bear among the floral tributes to the former monarch. Speaking earlier today, while meeting with some of those who helped stage Monday’s funeral in Windsor, William said: “Seeing the flowers was really moving.

He added: “We did have a good look.

“It was the depth of flowers, not just here but at Sandringham too.

“It was really moving.

“We tried to read as much as we could [of messages with the flowers] but some were like essays, it was incredible.

“The children’s ones were very special to me.

“It’s the things you don’t expect that get you. Paddington got me quite choked up.”

He added: “The corgis and Paddington were in competition, at loggerheads!

“Paddington is a new addition; the corgis have been there longer.”

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Earlier today Kate and William went to Windsor’s Guildhall to meet volunteers and operational staff who were involved in facilitating the committal service for Queen Elizabeth II.

The service was held on Monday afternoon at St. George’s Chapel.

The unsung heroes worked behind the scenes on the day itself and in the run-up to the service to arrange portaloos, bins, road signs and move flowers among other duties.

Kate and William were both dressed in black outfits for the engagement, as it comes amid the seven-day period of royal mourning.

This means that working royals are not expected to carry out official engagements.

The period of mourning comes to an end at 8am on Tuesday.

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at the Guildhall earlier today, being met by huge crowds with both dressed in black outfits.

While this is Kate’s first appearance since the committal service at St. George’s Chapel, her husband William appeared on video at the Earthshot Innovation Summit held in New York on Wednesday.