Prince William and Kate Middleton thank staff and volunteers after the Queen’s funeral

Kate Middleton and Prince William are thanking the people who helped make Queen Elizabeth’s service possible. The queen who made history was laid to rest three days ago.

On Monday, the Prince and Princess of Wales, who are 40, met volunteers and staff who helped with the Queen’s funeral at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. They also helped the crowds that gathered after Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8 to pay her respects.

In 2020, when there was a coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth has moved her home from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. She spent most of her later years in the royal household, but died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, which was her usual summer vacation spot.

An insider told PEOPLE that the Queen’s loyal staff are “devastated” by her death. “They’re red-hot with grief,” says the insider. “As prepared as you are for it, after a lifetime of service, it was still a terrible shock.”

On Monday morning, 2,000 people, including royals and world leaders from around the world, attended the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London. After the burial, a smaller ceremony was held at her grave.

About 800 people went to the Queen’s funeral. It was a more private event than a state funeral. Some people who knew the Queen best will sit in the pews.

Prince William and Kate Middleton thank the staff and volunteers
Prince William and Kate Middleton thank the staff and volunteers

As well as family members, the gathering included former and current members of the Queen’s household, including those from the private estates. The Governor-Generals and Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth countries were also there.

Queen Elizabeth was laid to rest alongside her husband Prince Philip, father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret at the King George VI Memorial Chapel later on Monday.

Two days after the Queen’s death, Prince William and Kate stepped outside Windsor with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to see the flowers, notes and other gifts people had left at the palace.

In a video shared on TikTok and Instagram, Kate told a well-wisher: “It’s very strange to be here without Her Majesty,” referring to Windsor Castle.

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