King Charles III and his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward held a brief vigil near the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on Friday, joined by members of the military, who have been troubling over her remains for the past two days. Have watched.
Standing quietly, their heads bowed, the king was at the head of the Queen’s coffin, while his sister Anne, the Princess Royal, and brother Edward, Earl of Wessex, were on the side. Andrew, Duke of York, was at the foot of the coffin.
In a break with royal tradition, Prince Andrew – the Queen’s second son – wore his military uniform for vigilance. While custom dictates that only working members of the royal family wear the military uniform during ceremonial occasions, Andrew was permitted to wear it as a mark of special respect to the Queen. The king, Anne and Edward were also in military attire.
Andrew stepped down from his royal duties in 2019 over his ties to disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Several other members of the royal family also came to watch the vigil. Camilla, the Queen Consort, stood beside the King with Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.
Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was also there with their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were there, as was the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.
Seen for the first time since the Queen’s death last Thursday, some of the Queen’s youngest great-grandchildren, including Mia and Lena Tindall, were also in attendance.
The Queen has been lying in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, since Wednesday. The medieval hall is where the queen’s ancestors also lived in the kingdom. His father was King George VI in 1952, his mother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 2002, his grandfather George V in 1936 and his great-grandfather Edward VII in 1910 – the first royal to lie in the kingdom.
The Queen’s coffin is draped with the Royal Standard and over it rests the Imperial State Crown, the orb, and the scepter.
The public has a chance to see the closed coffin in person until 6.30 a.m. Monday, when the hall will be closed in preparation for a state funeral later that morning.
The queue to pay tribute on Friday reached 10 miles and had to be stopped repeatedly after hitting its maximum capacity. According to the official tracker provided by the government, the wait was at least 14 hours at a time.
Continuous surveillance inside Westminster Hall is being assisted by the King’s Body Guards of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, the Royal Company of Archers, the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London by the Yeomen of the Guard, and Household Officers. Splits while lying down and resting in the state.
Each clock lasts six hours, within those clocks individuals monitor for 20 minutes at a time.
The royal vigil on Friday evening coincided with military surveillance And it was similar to the Queen’s children held at St Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland earlier this week.
A royal source told CNN on Friday that the Queen’s eight grandchildren are expected to take the same position on Saturday evening, when it will be time to stand by their grandmother’s coffin.
The Prince of Wales, Prince William, will stand at the head of the coffin, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will stand at his feet. The source added that the Prince of Wales will be accompanied by Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, who are Princess Anne’s children. The Duke of Sussex will be accompanied by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Andrew’s daughters, Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.
King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen’s consort, visited Wales earlier on Friday, meeting members of the public and receiving condolences.
The king said that he was carrying out his new duties as monarch with “extreme gratitude for the privilege of being able to serve as Prince of Wales”.
“Surely it should be considered the greatest privilege to belong to a land that can inspire such devotion,” he said. Speaking in Welsh, the King said that his son, Prince William, who inherited the title Prince of Wales from his father, has a “deep love for Wales”.
But the new king also faced some signs of disapproval on Friday. When he arrived at Cardiff Castle in the afternoon, he was greeted with both joy and happiness.
While many in the crowd were cheering and waving flags, some of the protesters were shouting loudly. As his car was entering the palace, King Charles appeared to shake his head slightly.
After returning to London and before joining the vigil at Westminster Hall, Charles held a reception for faith leaders at the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace, the palace said in a statement.
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