Sep 18, 2022

By Angus Gillespie

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All eight of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren stood in silent vigil beside her coffin prior to Monday’s state funeral.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders and dignitaries flew into London ahead of the Queen’s state funeral, a tide of people wanting to say goodbye streamed into Parliament’s Westminster Hall on Saturday and Sunday. That’s where the Queen’s coffin is lying in state, draped in her Royal Standard and capped with a diamond-studded crown.

All the Queen’s eight grandchildren stood by her coffin. William and Prince Harry, Charles’ sons, were joined by Princess Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and the two children of Prince Edward — Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

William, now the heir to the throne, stood, his head bowed, at the head of the coffin and Harry at the foot. Both princes, who are military veterans, were in uniform. Mourners continued to file past in silence.

Harry, who served in Afghanistan as a British army officer, wore civilian clothes earlier in the week as the Queen’s coffin left Buckingham Palace because he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family. The King, however, requested that both his sons William and Harry wear their military uniforms at the Westminster Hall vigil.

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