Carole Middleton appears animated at Queens funeral as fans wowed by necklace

Kate Middleton's rarely-spotted mother Carole Middleton appeared "animated" at the Queen's funeral as fans were wowed by her necklace, according to a royal expert.

Carole, 57, donned a dark Catherine Walker coat dress as she walked into Westminster Abbey alongside her husband Michael Middleton.

But it was a multi-strand pearl necklace with centre cameo that caught the attention of the millions, perhaps billions, watching at home.

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One Twitter commentator jested: "That's some necklace Carole Middleton is wearing. Where'd she get it…from the Queen's treasure trove of colonial loot?"

But expert Adrianne Carter said: "Carol takes the lead in front of her husband and is animated and stops the person leading them to their seats with her chattiness."

The historic funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will be viewed by an estimated 4.1billion people on TV at home and up to two million on the streets of London and Windsor.

King Charles III also arrived at the Queen's funeral with his family including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Charles waved at well-wishers from the back seat of his vehicle, which was one of four cars to arrive at Westminster Hall at 10.34am today (Monday), 10 days after Her Majesty's death at Balmoral Castle aged 96.

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Prior to the King's arrival, the Duke of Sussex was seen looking sombre as he and Meghan Markle were escorted by police in a Range Rover down The Mall.

The procession of Elizabeth II's coffin from Westminster Hall to the Abbey began at 10.42am.

People have been photographed camping on pavements to secure prime positions. Those arriving into London Paddington station on Monday morning were hit by travel chaos on delayed Great Western Railway services and then the suspension of the Elizabeth Line.

To add to their woes, London City Hall announced soon after 9am that all public viewing areas for the Queen’s funeral procession were full, ruling out all hopes of joining the crowds for late comers.

The queue for the late monarch's lying-in-state at Westminster Hall was ended at 6.30am this morning after becoming notorious for its "very British" 13-hour waiting times.


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