Charles, William and Harry (Photo: DANIEL LEAL via Getty Images)
Harry princes And William walked behind their grandmother’s coffin today with their father King Charles, echoing powerful images from 25 years ago.
All three took part in Wednesday’s procession which escorted the coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the Queen will lie in the state until her funeral on Monday 19 September.
Prince William (left) and Prince Harry (second left) alongside cousin Peter Phillips (Photo: BBC News)
The royals also walked together in line behind Princess Diana’s coffin on September 6, 1997, after she was killed in a car accident in late August.
Harry was only 12 and William was 15 at the time of his mother’s funeral, making the photos particularly heartbreaking.
Flanked by Diana’s ex-husband, then by Prince Charles, his brother Earl Spencer and the late Prince Philip, the two boys walked in procession across London for the disturbing occasion.
The Duke of Sussex has since talked about that experience, including an interview with Newsweek in 2017.
“My mother had just died and I had to walk a lot behind her coffin surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did it on television,” he said.
“I don’t think any child should be asked to do this under any circumstances.
“I don’t think it would happen today.”
Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles after the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey in 1997. (Photo: – via Getty Images)
This time, walking behind the queen’s coffin, the atmosphere was inevitably a little different.
Harry and William are now men in the 1930s, Charles is now the king. The three were also accompanied by Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive as the coffin carrying the body of HM Queen Elizabeth II completes its journey from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall accompanied by King Charles III and other members of the Royal Family. (Photo: WPA Pool via Getty Images)
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.