AceShowbiz - Prince George and Princess Charlotte have earned praise for being "incredibly well behaved" during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. Mark Tewksbury - who was part of a Canadian delegation at the service - has applauded the nine-year-old George and Charlotte, seven, for how they dealt with the occasion as the young royals attended the monarch's state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday (19.09.22).
"They looked like really incredibly well behaved kids but a little like kids, a little like, 'wow this is a lot.' For little Prince George, this will be him one day and he doesn't really know that yet. And then I thought, 'Ah, he's just lost his great-grandmother,' " shared Mark - who is a member of the Order of Canada, the country's second-highest honour.
Mark won a gold medal for Canada in the 1992 Olympics, and the former swimmer described the occasion as a "spectacle, a who's who of heads of countries."
He also paid a glowing tribute to the late monarch, recalling a private meeting that he had with her at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia. He told PEOPLE, "She was incredible, she knew I was a swimmer, she loved the Commonwealth and loved how sport brings us together - she was incredibly well-informed."
Mark was joined at the service in London by Hollywood star Sandra Oh, and he admitted that the service was an overwhelming experience for many people inside the abbey. The former sports star - who honoured by the Queen for his campaign work, having fought for years for disability and LGBTQ rights - explained, "Even movie stars and TV stars get a little overwhelmed in all of this stuff."