On Friday, January 22, Céline Dion’s beloved husband, René Angélil, was laid to rest at a somber funeral service at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. It was live-streamed for fans of the singer and her manager husband to watch.
Dion, 47, arrived in a private car with her eldest son, René-Charles, 14, and her twin sons, Nelson and Eddy, both 5. Wearing a black veil over her face, the French-Canadian singer walked past the crowds paying their respects outside and a line of photographers while holding the hands of her youngest sons.
The crowd inside the church stood as Dion and her children entered and made the somber processional down the aisle toward Angélil’s casket.
René-Charles spoke at the funeral in both French and English, saying of his father, “You’re a tough act to follow, but with your help, everything is going to be fine.”
The service lasted almost two hours and those in attendance applauded Dion and her children as they recessed down the aisle behind Angelil’s casket.
Angélil died at age 73 on January 14, following a long battle with throat cancer. On Thursday, the family held a memorial service for Angélil, releasing official photos from the emotional event.