On Saturday evening, the Queen’s grandchildren came together at Her Majesty’s coffin for an emotional Vigil at Westminster Hall.
Just after 6:00 p.m. they joined the King’s Body Guards to ceremoniously protect the Queen’s coffin as it laid in state, draped in the Royal Standard and topped with the Imperial State Crown, a wreath of white roses and dahlias and the Sovereign’s orb and scepter.
Prince William, the Prince of Wales, is standing at the head of the coffin, with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, at the foot.
At King Charles’s III request, both of his sons are dressed in uniform. Prince Harry has not been seen in military uniform since stepping back as a working royal in 2020.
The other royals were dressed in darker clothing.
However, on Friday evening, Prince Andrew was also allowed to wear his military uniform as he stepped down as a working royal in 2019, after a Newsnight interview about his relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
William will be flanked by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, the children of Princess Royal; while Harry will be with the Duke of York’s daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Earl of Wessex’s children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn will stand near the middle of the coffin.
On Friday evening, the Queen’s children – Charles, the Duke of York, Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex – took part in their own vigil.
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise, Viscount Severn, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips arriving inside of Westminster Hall.— ChristinZ (@ChristinsQueens) September 17, 2022
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The siblings stood together in Westminster Hall for 10 minutes as they guarded their late mother’s coffin on Friday evening. Charles stood at the head of the late Queen’s coffin, Andrew at the foot, and Anne and Edward on either side.