Prince Charles leads royals at Hugh van Cutsem’s funeral

Prince Charles attended the funeral of close friend Hugh van Cutsem on Wednesday morning,

The Prince of Wales was joined by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and sons Prince William and Prince Harry, as they joined mourners at Brentwood Cathedral in Essex.

Charles & Camilla

Charles and Camilla attended the funeral of close friend Hugh van Cutsem.

Charles and Camilla were the last mourners to arrive for the the service, which honoured the life of Hugh, who has been Charles’ closest friend since they met at Cambridge University.

Prince William and Prince Harry attended the funeral after taking part in a charity event in Central London before rushing to the service in Brentwood.

There was no sign of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was earlier this week spotted near her and William’s London home, Kensington Palace.

The funeral was also attended by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Camilla’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

Hugh, who died last week at the age of 72, was a former officer in the Household Cavalry and confidant of Charles and the two became ‘regular holiday and shooting companions’.

The close friends shared a passion for rural life and conservation since becoming close during their time at Cambridge University.

Hugh and his wife Emilie van Ufford’s son Edward was one of Charles and Diana’s pageboys at their wedding in 1981, and thirty years later the bond with the Van Cutsem’s was once again shown when Hugh and Emilie’s five-year-old daughter Grace was flower girl at Prince William’s wedding to the Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011.

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