King Charles and his siblings Anne, Andrew and Edward held their final vigil for the Queen ahead of the late monarch’s burial on Monday, September 19.
As mourners watched in tears, the Queen’s four children guarded their mother’s coffin for more than 10 minutes in Westminster Hall this evening. This is their second and final vigil for the late monarch.
The four siblings dressed in military colors. The Duke of York, who was stripped of his Armed Forces patronage earlier this year in a US sex abuse trial, had previously been banned from wearing military colors at public events.
But he was today granted special dispensation to wear uniform at the wake as a ‘final mark of respect’ for his mother. He wore the full military uniform of a naval vice-admiral, which he earned during his years of naval service, including the Falklands War.
Tomorrow, the Queen’s eight grandchildren will hold a similar vigil. Prince Harry, who was also banned from wearing military uniform as part of his ‘Megxit’ deal after stepping back from frontline royal duties in 2020, will also be granted special dispensation to wear the colors of his army at the event.
Harry will join his brother Prince William, as well as Zara Tindal, Peter Philips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn at the event on Saturday evening.