What we know about the vigil of the Queen's grandchildren on Saturday

by 24britishtvSept. 16, 2022, 11:01 p.m. 18
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The Queen’s eight grandchildren will stage a vigil at the Queen’s coffin on Saturday, at the request of the King.

All grandchildren, including Princes William and Harry, will participate in the vigil, which will see them stand in quiet contemplation around their grandmother for 15 minutes as a mark of respect.

The sombre event will come a day after the Queen’s four children take part in their own vigil at 7:30pm on Friday evening.

This will see the King, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and the Earl of Wessex stand in silence at the four corners of the catafalque in Westminster Hall.

Here takes a look at who will participate in the vigil on Saturday night and what time it is expected to start.

Who will take part in the vigil?

All eight of the Queen’s grandchildren will be in attendance at the vigil.

This includes the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

James will be the youngest to attend, aged 14.

William will be flanked by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, the children of the Princess Royal; while Harry will stand with the Duke of York’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

The Earl of Wessex’s children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, will stand near the middle of their grandmother’s coffin.

The grandchildren were very keen to pay their own respects, following the vigil held by their parents on Friday evening.

What time will it take place on Saturday?

The exact timings of the vigil are yet to be disclosed by the Palace, but they are expected to mirror the proceedings of the Queen’s children.

From 7.30pm on Friday, the Vigil of the Princes – as it is formally called – takes place at Westminster Hall.

It is expected to last for about 20 minutes.

All four of the Queen’s children will appear in military uniform on Friday, as a special exception was granted for the Duke of York, who is no longer a working royal, to wear his Naval uniform as a “special mark of respect”.

This is the only time he has been permitted to wear the uniform during ceremonial events following the Queen’s death.

On Saturday, William and Harry will also appear in military uniform for the grandchildren’s vigil.

The Duke of Sussex had previously been told he was not allowed to wear his uniform during ceremonial events, despite serving in the British Army for 10 years, as he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family.

But, at the King’s request, both of his sons will wear their military uniforms while taking part in the vigil at Westminster Hall.

The other grandchildren, who do not have military links, will be wearing traditional morning dress.

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