Queen death- latest news: Funeral date revealed as Harry and Meghan reunite with William and Kate

Harry and Meghan join Prince and Princess of Wales to lay floral tributes for Queen

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been joined by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a walkabout at Windsor Castle, just moments after the date of the Queen’s funeral was announced.

Harry and Meghan joined William and Kate in public together for the first time since Commonwealth Day on March 9, 2020, as they inspected flowers and balloons before a walkabout at the venue on Saturday.

A royal source said the new Prince of Wales asked his brother and his wife to join them in viewing the tributes.

Shortly before their appearance, it was announced by the Duke of Norfolk that the Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19 at 11am.

It comes after King Charles III met with prime minister Liz Truss this afternoon as members of the royal family shed tears while reading tributes to the late Queen in Balmoral.

Senior members of the royal family, including the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, spent just under 10 minutes intently reading messages and admiring the flowers left by the crowd before they returned inside Balmoral Castle.

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Harry and Meghan speak to public outside Windsor Castle

Harry and Meghan speak to public outside Windsor Castle

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‘I felt so emotional and I felt the Queen would have loved it’

Banita Ranow, 28, among the crowd on the Long Walk, said she heard Kate tell children next to her about what her youngest son Louis had said about the Queen’s death.

She said Kate told the children: “Louis said at least Grannie is with great grandpa now.”

Ms Ranow said Kate was “welling up” as she spoke to the children.

The well-wisher from west London also spoke of her surprise at seeing the two brothers and their wives together, adding: “It was really nice.”

Her mother Baljinder Ranow, 64, said it was “fabulous”, adding: “It was so beautiful to see.”

She said: “I felt so emotional and I felt the Queen would have loved it. I just hope in the future they remain like that and that the brothers come together, and the families.”

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Meghan Markle hugs young girl at Windsor castle walkabout

The Duchess of Sussex was seen being given a close hug by a young girl in the crowd at Windsor Castle.

Meghan walked over to a section of the crowd and approached a teenager, who was seen putting her hand over her mouth in shock.

The pair spoke briefly for a few moments and Meghan could be seen assuring her by putting her hand on her shoulder.

The girl then said: “Can I have a hug?” and Meghan was seen nodding, before leaning in and giving her a big hug.

The touching moment was filmed by other members in the crowd.

Meghan Markle hugs young girl at Windsor castle walkabout

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Liberal Democrats cancel Autumn Conference

A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: “As we mourn the loss of The Queen, we send our condolences to The King and the Royal Family.

“Given the date of the funeral and period of national mourning, we have decided to cancel our Autumn Conference.

“We look forward to welcoming members to our next conference.”

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The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex finish walkabout

The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have finished their walkabout outside Windsor Castle, leaving in the same vehicle.

The group spent more than 40 minutes speaking to members of the public, where they received flowers, gifts and hugs from well-wishers.

William, Prince of Wales greets members of the public, outside Windsor Castle

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Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, left, and Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk to greet the crowds after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II

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‘Above all I think we most remember that mischievous twinkle’

Labor peer Lord Dubs recalled his loss of “tact” in asking about the Queen’s speech.

Remembering a meeting with the Queen as a junior minister, he said: “Then I did something which perhaps I shouldn’t have said, but my tact disappeared and I said to the Queen, ‘Your Majesty have you ever delivered a Queen’s speech you didn’t agree’ with and there was a deathly silence, my ministerial colleagues thought I was going to be out and the Queen looked at me and said ‘yes, it has happened’, but I didn’t ask her to give me examples of the occasions on which it had happened.”

Labor peer Lord Harris of Haringey said “above all I think we most remember that mischievous twinkle”.

He told a cheese related story about a senior police officer who reportedly encountered difficulties using the stilton spoon at a small dinner with the Queen, noting “Theresa May has probably stolen the market with her anecdote about the cheese”.

He said: “It reached the Queen, looking him firmly in the eye, she dug in the spoon, demonstrated there was a little button on the side of the spoon that you pressed and the stilton dropped out and that twinkle remained with him forever. ”

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Queen’s children thank members of the public at Balmoral

Queen’s children thank members of the public at Balmoral

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Voices: Leave Harry and Meghan alone – they’ve reunited with Wills and Kate to mourn the Queen

The irony of a lifelong supporter of a republic writing a column cheerleading for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is not lost on me, writes James Moore.

The thing is, I’ve never much liked bullies. Or bullying. And there has been a lot of that directed at the Sussexes. But now, in full view of the watching nation, Harry and Meghan have reunited with Wills and Kate to pay their respects to their grandmother at Balmoral. Perhaps we can learn something from this display of familial solidarity – and finally leave them alone?

The message from the English right when it comes to the Queen is: “Play nice or else you’ll get a brick through your window. However, if you want to let off a little steam, feel free to unload on Harry and Meghan. Throw as many stones as you want. Tip as much bile as you can find.”

And my, how they’ve done that. A tweet from Petronella Wyatt, the journalist, broadcaster and former paramour of Boris Johnson, summed it up: “May God forgive Harry and Meghan for causing the Queen so much pain, for I never shall.” Really, Ms Wyatt? Por favor. They need your forgiveness about as much as they need subscriptions to the tabloids that use them to sell copies.

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Harry and Meghan join Prince and Princess of Wales to lay floral tributes for Queen

Harry and Meghan join Prince and Princess of Wales to lay floral tributes for Queen

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Pictured: Prince William, Catherine, Prince Harry and Meghan

William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, view floral tributes outside Windsor Castle

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