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Prince William gave an emotional speech to mourners on Thursday, describing how painful it was to walk past the coffin of his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, in a funeral procession.

In video captured by Sky News, the new Prince of Wales speaks to the crowd during a walkout at Sandringham, where he and his wife Kate Middleton observed the tribute left in honor of Queen Elizabeth.


Members of the royal family spent 45 minutes talking with mourners outside the Norwich gates of Sandringham House, during which William spoke about the painful memories.

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King Charles III and Prince William are seen walking behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

“It was challenging to walk yesterday,” William said to the crowd. “It brought back some memories. It’s one of those moments where you think to yourself, ‘I prepared myself for this,’ but I’m not ready. It’s kind of weird… because We knew she was 96 years old.”

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“He said how difficult yesterday was and it reminded him of his mother’s funeral,” said mourner Jane Wells , Telegraph.” “Katherine said it has been such a difficult time for all of them, for the whole family.”

Prince William and brother Harry walked the same route on Wednesday as they did for the funeral procession of their late mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.

On Wednesday, William and brother Prince Harry walked down a rough road during the funeral procession for their late mother, Princess Diana, nearly 25 years ago. Harry was photographed in an emotional moment when he paid his respects to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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On that gloomy day, William and Harry – then aged 15 and 12 respectively – followed a route that began in London to Kensington Palace, Princess Diana’s home, Westminster Abbey.