Kate gives heartrending nod to Queen and Philip’s marriage with symbolic funeral gesture

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge looked poised as she arrived at Prince Philip’s funeral alongside Prince William, wearing a sombre black outfit topped off with a black hat with netting over her eyes.

Both she and William wore black face masks as they were driven to the funeral to remember the life of the Queen’s “strength and stay”.

Kate, 39, put a brave face as she arrived without William to St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The couple later parted ways as Prince William participated in the procession from the castle to the chapel.

Prince Philip passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, April 9 aged 99.

Royal fans have been quick to praise Kate, who will one day become Queen when William ascends the throne.

The Duchess and the Queen’s husband shared a sweet link as Kate participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which was spearheaded by Philip, as a young girl.

Following the death of Philip, Prince William released a statement which read: “Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead.”

He thanked his grandfather for always having shown kindness to Kate since she joined the Royal Family 10 years ago.

Philip’s coffin was carried on a custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse designed by the duke and modified over 16 years.

It was followed for part of its final journey by the Queen, who travelled in a Bentley with Lady Susan Hussey, with her trusted lady-in-waiting – with both wearing facemasks.

Watching as it passed were royal mourners including the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were also in attendance.

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Kate cut a sombre figure at the funeral (Image: GETTY)

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Kate wore an elegant hat with netting detail (Image: GETTY)

The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge joined the procession but were separated by their cousin Peter Phillips. They were seated opposite one another in St George’s Chapel during the service, with William next to wife Kate.

Cutting a solitary figure at the front of the choir, nearest the altar, the Queen sat apart from her children.

There was a space left beside her where her husband of 73 years the duke would have sat.

Kate was dubbed a peacekeeper after being pictured walking with William and Harry after the ceremony.

Kate and William's timeline

Kate and William’s timeline (Image: EXPRESS)

Today marked the first joint public appearance of the brothers a year after Harry stepped down from royal duties.

William and Harry’s relationship has suffered as a result of Megzit.

Though still wearing his face mask, Harry appeared to smile briefly in the direction of Kate.

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Prince Philip is remembered with a tribute in Piccadilly Circus, London (Image: GETTY)

The Duke of Sussex’s relationship with his sister-in-law is believed to have been toned down following his exit from the Firm.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, remained in the United States, having been advised not to fly while pregnant with their second child.

Harry is expected to return to California as soon as possible after today’s ceremony.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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