Princess Kate and her husband Prince William met with volunteers and staff who helped prepare for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, sharing that they can still feel the late monarch’s presence all around them.
During the meeting at Windsor Castle on Thursday with volunteers and operational staff, the Prince and Princess of Wales revealed the odd natural phenomenon that keeps occurring since Queen Elizabeth’s passing earlier this month. “In Scotland, how many rainbows turned up?” William asked his wife during the gathering at Windsor Guildhall. “You hardly ever see rainbows up there, but there were five.” Kate replied that the spectacular sight made her feel like, “Her Majesty was looking down on us.”
And it’s true that lately there has been an unusual preponderance of rainbows taking place in significant locations across the country. Following the queen’s death on September 8, there were multiple rainbows spotted around the United Kingdom, including a particularly remarkable double rainbow that broke through the clouds over mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace. The next day, the royal family also spotted five rainbows arching over Balmoral Castle, the Scottish estate where the monarch passed away at age 96. And yet another rainbow appeared one day before her funeral, showing up over London’s Westminister Hall where the queen was lying in state.
William and Kate have been open with the public about the grief they’re experiencing following Queen Elizabeth’s death. Last week, the royal couple spent forty minutes walking around Windsor Castle meeting with various mourners and well-wishers gathered there. One of those they met with, school teacher Elaine Gee, told People that William spoke to her about his children, “George, Charlotte and Louis, saying that they were trying to keep some sense of continuity for them at school and keep things as normal as possible.” She added, “Catherine thanked me, and she said that all the nation were feeling it. They were both very kind and gentle and genuine. It was very special—definitely a moment I will always treasure.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales also shared an emotional message following the monarch’s death. “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” Prince William wrote in a statement posted to the couple’s official social media accounts. “I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of the queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.”My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.”
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