Kate and William ‘carefully protected’ George and Charlotte at Queen’s funeral

Kate Middleton and Prince William "protected" Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Queen's funeral, according to a royal expert.

The Prince and Princess of Wales decided to take their two eldest children to the ceremony, leaving Prince Louis, four, at home.

George, nine, and Charlotte, seven, have been praised for showing maturity beyond their years at the event that was viewed by billions the world over.

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The pair sat between their parents inside Westminster Abbey and were the youngest mourners in attendance, reports the Express.

Rachel Bowie, one half of the Royally Obsessed podcast, said she was "stunned" by the news that they were going, but praised William and Kate for how they looked out for their children.

Speaking to co-host Roberta Fiorito she said: "The gravity of the news that George and Charlotte would be participating really stunned me.

"But when I watched it, I think it just added to the humanness of the whole day. I actually can't imagine now them not being there because it was so significant and emotional to see them.

"I also think my relief came — with all of those conversations about them joining — seeing that they weren't actually sandwiched between Kate and William and Harry and Meghan, they were in between, in the same line as their parents. And, to me, that was Kate and William protecting them.

"It was a very short procession that they actually participated in; they were in the car the rest of the time. It was a very measured choice that was made."

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Ms Fiorito added: "I verbally let out a 'thank God' when I saw Kate and William flanking them and holding their hands. I was like: 'It's ok.'

"They had their parents, Kate was constantly checking in on them — rubbing George's knee during the service."

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