Princess Charlotte and Prince George were the talk of the nation this week as the youngsters took a leading role in Her Majesty's funeral on Monday (September 19).

The brother and sister, who are now second and third in line for the throne, attended the ceremony at the last minute and even walked behind the Queen's coffin alongside their mum and dad in a move that has caused controversy after Prince Harry was vocal about the trauma that walking behind his mother's coffin had caused him.

But royal expert Eric Schiffer has said the decision was an important one, as the moment they walked behind her coffin gave us a the "future glimpse" into the monarchy.

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"It was an appropriate decision that has historical roots, and is also sharing a future glimpse into the monarchy as we progress," Schiffer told the Daily Star.

"I think there’s similarities [with Diana’s funeral] that, at any point when you lose someone dear to you it can be painful. In the case of Diana that was such a horrific death.

"These kids are not losing their mother, they’re losing their great-grandmother which is also a different fact emotionally for kids."

This comes amid comments that George and Charlotte, nine and seven, shouldn't have walked behind the Queen's casket at the momentous ceremony – with some royal fans even suggesting they shouldn't have gone to the funeral at all.

Taking to Twitter, social media users shared their mixed reactions to the siblings' involvement in the ceremony.

One asked "why" they had walked behind the casket, noting: "They are children."

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Another added: "Was nothing learnt when William and Harry walked behind Diana's [coffin]?!"

A third remarked: "Funerals are no place for children at any level, let alone one that's being broadcast across the world."

However plenty of other commentators said that the royal duo were in just the right place at their great-grandmother's funeral, remarking that the brother and sister are the "future" of the royal family.

Body language expert Inbaal Honigman shared that the children's composure at the funeral shows that as they grow, they will be prepared to take on more royal responsibility.

"The young royals' mature behaviour at the funeral shows that they understood the occasion, and were prepared for the long day," she told the Daily Star.

"The fact that their physical responses were natural, not stiff, shows that they weren't just told to be on their best behaviour, but were actually allowed to feel what they needed to feel.

"That they spoke to each other throughout the day, shows that they weren't directed to remain silent, and their personalities are taken into account within their family dynamics.

"This suggests that their relationship with their parents is warm and loving, and they feel safe and loved.

"As they grow, this upbringing will allow them to develop naturally, each at their own pace, and become grown-ups who show love to others and share their feelings with others."

Similarly, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams earlier this week told the Daily Star: "They have both accompanied their parents abroad and it was an extremely good idea to involve both George and Charlotte on this unique and momentous day.

"The world is indeed watching, but these are totally different circumstances to the funeral of the Princess of Wales.

"George’s appearance also emphasises the continuity of the monarchy and Charlotte’s with him how the three of them (with Prince Louis) are so pivotal to the future of the institution."

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