William and Harry in military uniform as Queen’s grandchildren watch | Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen’s grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, who both wore Blues and Royals military uniforms, held a vigil by the coffin of the deceased monarch.
The 6 p.m. constitutional ceremony marked the first time in history that a monarch’s grandchildren have performed the Princes’ Vigil.
King Charles’ youngest son, Harry – the Duke of Sussex – stood at the foot of the coffin, with William at the head.
William was flanked by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest grandson at 44.
Harry was with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, with Lady Louise Windsor and her brother, James, Viscount Severn, who is the youngest grandchild at 14, in the middle of the coffin.
William wore the Blues and Royals No 1 uniform, Garter Belt, Garter Star, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals and Royal Air Force pilot’s wings. His brother, the Duke of Sussex, also wore the No.1 Blues and Royals uniform, complete with a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) neck order and star, a medal for service in Afghanistan , gold, diamond and platinum jubilee medals and army pilot’s wings. .
They all surrounded the coffin and lowered their heads facing the catafalque in silence.
The public continued to walk through Westminster Hall and view the coffin for the duration of the vigil.
Following in their parents’ footsteps on Friday evening, the eight grandchildren left the hall together under the guidance of the Prince of Wales.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex were among family members watching from a viewing platform in the lobby.
Harry has been in civilian dress for previous official events, having been stripped of his military titles after renouncing life as a working royal, but received special permission from his father, the King, to wear military uniform during of the vigil.