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Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex maintain vigil at grandmother’s coffin



The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex have joined their cousins in a solemn vigil at their beloved grandmother’s coffin.

Brothers William and Harry – each wearing uniform – stood guard on the Queen’s mendacity in state in Westminster Hall on Saturday night as a stream of mourners filed previous after queueing for hours.

Harry, who noticed motion on the entrance line throughout two excursions of responsibility in Afghanistan, has beforehand been denied the prospect to put on his navy uniform as he publicly mourns, as a result of he’s not a working royal.

The Prince of Wales stands vigil beside the coffin of his grandmother (Yui Mok/PA)

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However royal sources stated the King determined his youngest son might put on uniform for the vigil.

Regardless of being a former Military officer, Harry has been in civilian gown for official occasions this week, together with strolling behind the Queen’s coffin on Wednesday.

On Saturday night, Harry was sporting the Blues and Royals, No.1 Uniform, KCVO Neck Order and Star, Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and Military Pilot Wings.

William was sporting the Blues and Royals, No.1 Uniform, The Garter Sash, The Garter Star, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and RAF Pilot Wings.

The brothers have been joined of their silent tribute across the coffin by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Girl Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn.

The Duke of Sussex holds a vigil beside the coffin of his grandmother (Aaron Chown/PA)

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The younger royals, led by William, have been in place on the prime of the grand committee staircase within the nook of the huge corridor at 5.58pm.

At 6pm, the tapping which signifies the altering of the guard sounded and William started strolling down the steps, one after the other, adopted by Harry, then Beatrice and Eugenie facet by facet, Louise and James facet by facet, and Zara and Peter additionally facet by facet.

Silence fell as members of the general public regarded on, with the one sound being the grandchildren’s footsteps on the stone.

William was positioned at one finish of the coffin, going through the north entrance, whereas Harry was positioned on the reverse finish, going through the realm of the corridor the place hundreds of individuals have entered over the previous couple of days.

William stood along with his fingers clasped in entrance and his head bowed.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex watching the vigil (Aaron Chown/PA)

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Louise and James’s mother and father, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, regarded on from a platform going through the coffin.

Members of the general public continued to file previous whereas the Queen’s grandchildren stood guard, with some ladies wiping tears away from their face as they left the corridor.

At 6.15pm, the tapping sounded and the grandchildren ended their vigil.

William led the group away from the coffin, adopted by Zara and Peter, Louise and James, Beatrice and Eugenie, and eventually Harry.

The Queen’s grandchildren (Yui Mok/PA)

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Because the group made their manner again up the nook staircase, Zara bent all the way down to retrieve one in every of her sneakers which appeared to have slipped off.

Because the royals returned to their vehicles, Zara gave the impression to be linking arms with Harry, whereas Peter, Louise and Beatrice have been strolling alongside collectively.

On Friday night, the Queen’s kids – Charles, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex – took half in their very own vigil.

They have been all wearing uniform, with an exception made for disgraced Andrew, who’s not a working royal, to put on his navy uniform as a “particular mark of respect” for the Queen.

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