Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren, including Princes Harry and William, watch over the coffin

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Prince Harry and Prince William joined the rest of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren to watch over the Queen’s coffin on Saturday.

Prince William, heir to the throne, stood at the head of the coffin, while Harry was at the foot.

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, wore a No 1 Blues and Royals uniform, KCVO neck order and star, Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals and army pilot wings.

Also in attendance were Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and the children of Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

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Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Prince Edward’s children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn attended the Queen’s wake.
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Kensington Palace announced the surprise vigil on Friday and noted that Prince Harry would wear his military uniform with Prince William.

Prince Harry and Prince William joined the rest of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren to watch over the Queen's coffin on Saturday.

Prince Harry and Prince William joined the rest of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren to watch over the Queen’s coffin on Saturday.
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Prince William has been candid about the memories Queen Elizabeth’s death brings to him. Princess Diana, mother of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, died in 1997.

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William specifically noted that the walk behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on Wednesday was “difficult” for him.

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“Doing the march yesterday was a challenge,” William told supporters in video captured by Sky News. “It brought back a few memories. It’s one of those times when you’re kind of like, ‘I prepared for this’, but I’m not so prepared. It’s that kind of weird thing… Because we knew she was 96.”

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King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Edward, Earl of Wessex hold a vigil beside the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in state on the catafalque of Westminster Hall.

King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Edward, Earl of Wessex hold a vigil beside the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in state on the catafalque of Westminster Hall.
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The wake for the grandchildren at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin took place a day after King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward watched together.

Queen Elizabeth II will continue to lie in state at Westminster Hall until the early morning hours of Monday, September 19 – the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.

London police said the funeral would be the force’s biggest ever police event, surpassing even the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June celebrating her 70 years on the throne.

“The range of officers, police personnel and all those supporting the operation is truly immense,” said Metropolitan Police Deputy Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundyhe.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried to Westminster Hall for lying in state.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried to Westminster Hall for lying in state.
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Two minutes of silence will be observed across the UK on Monday at the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, giving the British public across the country a chance to pay their respects to the late monarch.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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