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Who’s Viscount Severn? Queen’s 14 12 months previous grandson who stood vigil by coffin

The Queen’s eight grandchildren took half in a silent vigil by her coffin two days earlier than her funeral, in a historic first.

Simply as King Charles had led his siblings within the Vigil of the Princes on Friday night, his son Prince William was joined by his brother Harry and their cousins in Westminster Corridor for the temporary ceremony.

James, Viscount Severen, (centre) flanked by Princess Beatrice and Prince Harry throughout the vigil at Westminster Corridor

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Viscount Severn and his sister Girl Louise Windsor throughout the procession for the mendacity in state

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The others participating included Prince Andrew’s kids Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; Princess Anne’s two kids Zara Tindall and Peter Philips and Prince Edward’s daughter Girl Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

However the eighth member of the group was a much less acquainted face – the Queen’s youngest grandchild, and Louise’s brother, James.

The 14-year-old, who has the title Viscount Severn, gave a uncommon public look as he stood vigil beside his grandmother’s coffin, in a sombre present of mourning for the late monarch.

The frequency with which James’ sister, Girl Louise, has appeared in public has elevated of late given her age, whereas her brother has remained largely out of public view.

{The teenager}’s title is meant to acknowleged the Welsh roots of his mom’s household

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However in a poignant tribute to his grandmother, who’s mendacity in state in Westminster Corridor, James united together with his household by her coffin, which was draped within the Royal Commonplace, and topped with the Imperial State Crown, and orb and sceptre.

James is the second youngster of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who married in June 1999. He was born in December 2007, some 4 years after Louise, who arrived in November 2003.

When each kids have been born, Edward and Sophie opted to not give the pair royal titles – though it’s on the discretion of James and Louise at to whether or not they select to obtain the prince and princess titles after they flip 18.

James’ mother and father Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, arrive for the vigil

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“We attempt to carry them up with the understanding they’re very more likely to should work for a residing,” the Countess of Wessex beforehand mentioned about their determination to not give their kids titles. “Therefore we made the choice to not use HRH titles. They’ve them and might determine to make use of them from 18, however I feel it’s extremely unlikely.”

James is at the moment thirteenth in line to the throne, whereas his sister is 14th, having each been born earlier than the Succession to the Crown Act in 2013, which made it that beginning order determines who will turn into the subsequent king or queen, no matter gender.

Although hardly ever seen, James has attended a variety of high-profile royal occasions, together with the Commonwealth Video games, the platinum jubilee Trooping the Color parade, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding ceremony just a few months later.

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