King Charles and his siblings conducted a silent vigil before Queen Elizabeth’s funeral


On Friday at Westminster Hall, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew took part in a second quiet watch over the Queen’s coffin.

The children of the deceased queen were joined by military personnel who had been guarding her remains for the past two days.

As the public and other members of the royal family watched, the royal family stood with their heads bowed for about ten minutes.

All four wore official military uniforms, a significant difference from the ceremony earlier on Monday, when Andrew, Duke of York, wore a morning suit in contrast to his siblings’ more formal attire. Andrew’s military dress on Friday was contrary to royal custom, which specifies that only active members of the royal family should wear military uniforms on ceremonial occasions.

On Monday, Prince Andrew wore a morning suit, but on Friday he was authorized to wear his military uniform.

Pool photo via permission of Hannah McKay / AP / The Royal Family

The prince, who stepped down from his royal duties in 2019 and was stripped of his military titles earlier this year due to an association with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, allowed him to don the costume this week at the Queen’s special request Went.

Prince Harry, who has not been working as a royal since 2020, will reportedly be allowed to put on his military uniform on Saturday night as the Queen’s grandsons keep watch over his coffin. After he and his wife Meghan Markle split from the royal family, Harry was stripped of his royal title and military patronage.

Previously, Insider reported that the change could be a sign of Harry’s reunion with the rest of the royal family.

On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at her Balmoral residence in Scotland, and her funeral is scheduled for Monday, 19 September.

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