Why Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton didn’t join the funeral procession

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton did not participate in Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession on Monday.

King Charles III walked alongside his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward in the procession with the Queen’s grandsons, Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips behind them, as they made their way from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

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Traditionally, a royal funeral procession consists of the men of the royal family, but Elizabeth’s daughter Anne walked in hers, as did the funeral of father Prince Philip in 2021 and the funeral of her grandmother, the Queen Mother, in 2002.

Anne also took part in the procession for Queen Elizabeth in Scotland last week and the procession to Westminster Hall on September 14.

Meanwhile, Queen consort Camilla, 75, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, and the Princess of Wales, 40, arrived in their own cars.

The funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is held in Windsor

Traditionally, only men walk in the funeral procession from Westminster Hall to Abbey.

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The funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is held in Windsor

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After the state funeral, attended by more than 2,000 official guests, and the procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, the Queen will be transported to Windsor.

Princess Anne in the Queen's procession on September 14.
Princess Anne has many times broken the tradition of walking in her mother’s procession.
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The devotional service, which will have fewer than 1,000 guests, will be held at St George’s Chapel. The longest reigning monarch in British history is buried in King George VI’s memorial chapel with Prince Philip, who died in 2021, just a few months before his 100th birthday.

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Meghan Markle arrived in a car with Prince Harry.
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Buckingham Palace first announced that the Queen had passed away on September 8 at the age of 96 after a remarkable 70-year reign.

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She is expected to walk behind the coffin with Prince Harry.
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“The Queen passed away peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” the royal family tweeted. “The King and Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

Her son, the new king, said in a statement that his mother’s passing was a “moment of great sadness”.

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