Queen Elizabeth: Prince William and Prince Harry watch over their grandmother’s coffin

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Prince William, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II’s other grandchildren held a vigil at his chin on Saturday, as the royal family prepares to bid farewell to the late monarch at his state funeral.

The brothers watched over the Queen’s coffin for 15 minutes in Westminster Hall, where it has been on public display since Wednesday.

They were joined by Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, who are Prince Edward’s children. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were there to support their children as Louise and James are relatively younger than their cousins, a royal source told CNN.

Harry wore a military uniform during the appearance at the request of King Charles III, a royal source previously told CNN. As a non-working member of the Royal Family, he appeared at other morning costume events.

The grandchildren’s vigil followed a similar appearance by Charles and his siblings on Friday. It comes two days before the Queen’s state funeral on Monday. The monarch died on September 8 after a 70-year reign, sparking a long period of mourning and a number of commemorations across the country.

Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren hold a vigil next to their grandmother's coffin as it lies in state at Westminster Hall on Saturday.

William and Harry have put aside longstanding tensions to make joint appearances at some events. A walk by the brothers and their wives Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to Windsor last weekend came as a surprise and was not announced in advance. William invited the Sussexes to view the memorials left for the Queen and greet well-wishers, a source told CNN.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie released a joint statement on Saturday thanking their “dear grandmother” and “beloved Queen” and expressing their sorrow at her passing.

“We, like many, thought you would be here forever. And we all miss you terribly,” Prince Andrew’s daughters said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.

“You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our back guiding us through this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever. what we want to say is thank you,” Eugenie and Beatrice said. “The world mourns you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are only too true of the remarkable leader that you are,” the sisters added.

“We are so happy to have you back with grandpa. Goodbye dear grandma, it has been the honor of our lives to have been your granddaughters and we are so proud of you,” the post reads. communicated.

The vigil at Westminster Hall lasted 15 minutes.

Earlier on Saturday, King Charles and Prince William, the Prince of Wales, greeted members of the public queuing to see the Queen lying in state on Saturday during a surprise walk through London.

The royals were spotted shaking hands with well-wishers near Lambeth Bridge. Prince William appeared to be in good spirits as he spoke to the crowd and asked several people how long they had been waiting.

Watch King Charles and Prince William surprise people queuing to see the Queen

Some mourners shouted “hip hip hooray” and “God save the King” as Charles passed.

A woman handed Charles a Paddington Bear toy; the fictional bear has become associated with the Queen since appearing in a sketch alongside the character during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

People have been queuing for hours to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin since she began lying in Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

The line was approaching full capacity on Saturday, the government said. As of lunchtime on Saturday, the government’s queue tracking system said the current waiting time was 2 p.m.

Charles III also visited Metropolitan Police headquarters in London’s borough of Lambeth to thank police and emergency service officials involved in the planning and implementation of events since the death of the late queen.

Monday’s funeral for the Queen will be the “largest single policing event” London’s Metropolitan Police have ever undertaken, Deputy Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy told a news conference on Friday.

On Sunday, King Charles will host a reception at Buckingham Palace for “heads of state and official guests from overseas” ahead of the late Queen’s state funeral.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan received an invitation to the reception by mistake, a source familiar with what happened told CNN.

As an official state occasion, the palace said the king would only be accompanied by working members of the royal family. The source told CNN they “imagined” an administrative error had occurred. The couple were not “disinvited” from the reception, as reported by some media.

A Sussex spokesperson had no comment.

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