Prince William and Kate Middleton make first trip to Sandringham since Queen's death for solemn royal walkabout

The Prince and Princess of Wales travelled to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk today to greet well-wishers and view tributes

Prince William and Kate Middleton head to Sandringham for historic royal walkabout
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Prince William and Kate Middleton traveled to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Thursday to greet well-wishers and admire tributes in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out at Sandringham Estate on Thursday afternoon to greet mourners and view tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II, exactly one week after the beloved monarch's death.  

The solemn appearance, which lasted nearly an hour, saw the royal couple make their first solo engagement as the new Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall. It also marked their first visit to Sandringham, where the Royal Family has historically spent its Christmases, since Her Majesty's passing aged 96 at Balmoral Castle

Meanwhile, The Queen's successor, King Charles III, has traveled to Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, where is attending state business and reflecting on the past few days ahead of his lofty new role. 


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Thousands of well-wishers gathered outside the gates of the Norfolk estate to pay their respects to William and Kate, who had traveled all the way from London to greet the public in the wake of the British sovereign's death. On Wednesday, the prince and princess attended the Queen's coffin procession into Westminister Abbey, where she will be lying in state until her state funeral on Monday, September 19. 

William and Kate emerged at Sandringham shortly after midday, where they diligently admired the sea of tributes left by over 100,000 people at the estate's gates. The couple took turns kneeling to read cards and gently touch flowers, pointing out various objects that caught their eyes during the poignant reflection. 

Kate Middleton

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They then approached the awaiting crowds to thank them for coming, in a similar format to the walkabout they completed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday. 

Kate and William spent approximately 45 minutes speaking with members of the public, some of whom handed the couple bouquets of flowers, before giving a collective goodbye wave and driving off in their black Range Rover. 

For the somber occasion, Kate wore a funereal black dress with a smart black coat with matching black tights and heels. She kept her accessories simple with a black leather handbag, a delicate crucifix necklace, and pearl earrings that had once belonged to the Queen. 

Emma Dooney
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