Standing silently, head bowed, the King stood at the head of the Queen’s coffin, flanked by his sister Anne, Princess Royal, and brother Edward, Earl of Wessex. Andrew, Duke of York, stood at the foot of the coffin.
Andrew stepped down from his royal duties in 2019 due to his links to disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Several other members of the royal family came to watch the vigil. Camilla, the Queen Consort, was with the King, next to Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Prince Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was also there along with their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Queen’s granddaughters Zara Tindall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were there, as well as the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.
It was seen for the first time since the Queen’s death last Thursday, and was attended by some of the Queen’s youngest great-grandchildren, including Mia and Lena Tindall.
The Queen has been in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, since Wednesday. The Queen’s ancestors were also present in the medieval hall. His father 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 monarch to lie in state.
The Queen’s coffin is draped with the Royal Standard and topped with the Crown, Orb and Scepter of the Imperial State.
A constant guard is maintained inside Westminster Hall by the King’s Bodyguard of the Honorable Corps of Lords of Arms, the Royal Company of Archers, the Yeomen of the Guard supported by the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London and the Officers of the Household. Splitting up when lying down and lying down at rest.
Each watch lasts for six hours, with the people on those watches standing guard for 20 minutes at a time.
Friday evening’s royal vigil was held in conjunction with a military watch and this week the Queen’s children in St. It was similar to the one they had in Giles Cathedral.
Prince William, Prince of Wales will be at the head of the coffin, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will be at the foot. The source added that the Prince of Wales will be joined by Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, who are Princess Anne’s children. The Duke of Sussex will be joined by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of Prince Andrew, with Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.
Congratulations and applause from Wales
King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, visited Wales earlier on Friday, meeting with citizens and receiving condolences.
The king said he was taking on his new duties as monarch “with immense gratitude for the privilege of being the Prince of Wales”.
“Certainly, it should be considered the greatest privilege to belong to a land that can produce such devotion,” he said. The king, who spoke in Welsh, said his son Prince William, who has inherited the title of Prince of Wales from his father, has a “deep love for Wales”.
But the new King also met with some signs of disapproval on Friday. When he arrived at Cardiff Castle in the evening, they both greeted him with joy and enthusiasm.
While many people in the crowd were cheering and waving flags, some of the protesters were chanting loudly. King Charles seemed to be shaking his head slightly as his car pulled into the castle.
After returning to London and before entering the custody of Westminster Hall, Charles hosted a reception for faith leaders in the Bow Room of Buckingham Palace, the palace said in a statement.