Sarah Ferguson’s ‘Modest Gesture’ Not to Appear Disrespectful at Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral

  • Sarah Ferguson attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Sept. 19, 2022.  
  • She sat in the second row behind Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
  • Sarah Ferguson appeared to decline her daughters’ invitation to walk ahead of them.

Sarah Ferguson was among some 2,000 people who filled Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Sept. 19. According to a body language expert, she made a “modest gesture” and declined an invite from her daughters to avoid looking disrespectful.


However, also in the second row, albeit across the aisle, sat the Duchess of York, 63. Prince Andrew’s ex-wife sat behind Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their two oldest children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7.