Sandringham: Prince William comforts mourners at the Norfolk estate

Kate and Prince William

Thousands of mourners turned out to see both the Prince and Princess of Wales at Sandringham (Image: Getty Images/Reuters)

The Prince and Princess of Wales stood together in solemn silence and held back tears during their visit to Sandringham.

Prince William was heard telling a woman yesterday: “Don’t cry, you’re going to get me started” as he comforted many of the mourners and described the Queen as “everyone’s grandmother”.

He also revealed how walking behind the Queen’s procession brought back memories of Princess Diana.

William and Kate took time to read messages and view the floral tributes from Norfolk Gate.

He told one woman how the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall was “very difficult”.

News of the visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall meant thousands of people went to see them.

Norfolk Police advised on Thursday that an “increasing number” of people were expected and officers were operating a one-way system around the estate.

Many were delighted to see the couple in Norfolk.

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Prince William saw some of the many floral tributes left for the Queen (Image: Cover Images)

SANDRINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Catherine, Princess of Wales looks at the floral tributes outside Sandringham Estate following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth on September 15, 2022 in Sandringham, England.  (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Thousands lined up to see Kate and Prince William (Image: Getty Images)

The Prince and Princess of Wales view floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  Photo date: Thursday, September 15, 2022. PA Photo.  Check out the story of PA DEATH Queen.  Photo credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Prince William said the Queen felt like ‘everyone’s grandmother’ (Image: PA)

Britain's William, Prince of Wales meets people gathered outside Sandringham Estate, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in eastern England, Britain September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People from across the country and the world are paying their respects (Image: Reuters)

The Princess of Wales meets well-wishers as she views floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  Photo date: Thursday, September 15, 2022. PA Photo.  Check out the story of PA DEATH Queen.  Photo credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Last week, the Prince and Princess of Wales also greeted mourners outside Windsor Castle (Image: PA)

Caroline Barwick-Walters, 66 and from Neath in Wales, said: “He told us how difficult it was yesterday, how it brought back memories of walking behind his mother’s coffin.”

Receptionist Jane Wells, 54 and from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire, said: “I said how proud his mother would be of him and he said how difficult it was yesterday because it brought back memories of his mother’s funeral.”

Peggy Butcher, 89, a retired dry cleaner from March in Cambridgeshire, said: “She seemed to care about us because we cared about the Queen.”

She said she told William: “Thank you for sharing your grief with the nation,” to which he replied “she was everyone’s grandmother.”

Meanwhile, entry to the queue to see the Queen has been closed for at least six hours.

The queue has now reached full capacity – stretching back right to the end of the route at Southwark Park.

When mourners can rejoin the queue, the estimated waiting time is now 14 hours.

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