The Prince of Wales told funeral home workers in Windsor he was “thrilled” to see Paddington Bear’s tributes to the Queen as he performed his first engagement since her funeral.
William and his wife, the Princess of Wales, greeted volunteers and operational staff and praised their work during the events surrounding the Queen’s burial service in Windsor.
The couple, dressed in black as they continued to observe the royal mourning period, met around 30 people at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday afternoon.
It’s the things you don’t expect that affect you
Vice Lord Lieutenant Graham Barker and Windsor Council Chief Royal Funeral Planner Andrew Scott introduced staff and volunteers representing different sectors who supported the crowd on Monday.
They included St John Ambulance volunteers, council workers, administrators, Crown Estate staff and logistics teams.
William told a member of the logistics team that “certain moments grab you” as they discussed the last few days.
The prince said: “If you turn it around, it is always very comforting that so many people care. He does much better.
“There are certain moments that catch you. You are prepared for everything, but certain moments catch you.”
He added: “It’s the things you don’t expect that get to you,” adding that he “choked up” on the Paddington tributes.
Speaking to council workers later, William also joked about new “competition” between Paddington Bear and corgis.
He said that Paddington is “a new addition”, but “the corgis have been there longer”.
William and Kate also spoke to members of the Crown Estate, who helped organize flower tributes in Windsor, about the number of flowers left by members of the public.
The heir to the throne described the colors as “amazing”, with Kate adding: “The spotlight was on Windsor and it looked amazing, very well done.”
The prince thanked the team for their work, saying people “don’t see all the hard work that goes into it”, before adding: “We appreciate all the hours you have put in.”
When Crown Estate staff thanked the couple for coming to say thank you, Kate said: “It’s the least we could do. We should have been volunteers.”
They also spoke to a group of ambassadors from the Royal Borough, with the princess asking if many people in the crowd were locals. The ambassadors told him that people from the crowd had come from all over the world.
“It’s amazing how many people wanted to come and pay their respects,” the princess said.
William later said, “It’s been a busy few days, but you guys have been working long hours too, so thank you very much.”
Speaking to transport workers who helped organize the road and parking closures, he said: “We were pretty worried everyone coming here would shut down the whole city, but it kept moving.”
Kate added: “We were thankful we were still able to get the kids to school.”
The engagement was one of William’s first since he became heir apparent and became known as the Prince of Wales, with Kate as the Princess of Wales, following the death of her grandmother and her father’s accession to the throne. ,Charles.
Other royals also pledged Thursday to thank those involved in the queen’s funeral and to recognize the service of those who are deployed abroad.
The Earl of Wessex is visiting Estonia and Germany in his role as Royal Colonel of the 2nd Battalion of the Rifles and Honorary Royal Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.
The Princess Royal will travel to Portsmouth Naval Base to meet Royal Navy personnel who took part in the funeral procession, and then to St Omer Barracks, Aldershot, to thank those who provided logistical support during the funeral.