Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandson, James, 14-year-old Viscount Severn, is attentive in his coffin

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Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandson, James, Viscount Severn, joined as her cousin. paid their respects To the late Emperor on Saturday.

James, who is the 14-year-old son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, participated in a 15-minute silent family watch at the Queen’s lay-in-state at Westminster Hall.

Seven other grandchildren of the Queen attended the vigil, including James’ sister Lady Louise, 18, and cousin Prince William, 40, Prince Harry, 38, Peter Phillips, 44, Zara Tindall, 41, Princess Beatrice, 34 and Princess Eugenie was involved. 32.

The teenager appeared grim as he stood guard with his head bowed near his late grandmother’s coffin. His parents Edward and Sophie were also in attendance as they watched their two children stand alert from the viewing platform.

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Queen Elizabeth II's youngest grandson, James, Viscount Severn, joined his cousins ​​as they paid tribute to the late monarch on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandson, James, Viscount Severn, joined his cousins ​​as they paid tribute to the late monarch on Saturday.
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Along with his male cousins, James wore commemorative medals that were given to him by the Queen. He pinned his 2012 Diamond and 2022 Platinum Jubilee Medals to the front of his black suit.

Family vigils were witnessed by members of the public, who waited in queues for 16 hours to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth, who died on 8 September at the age of 96.

Seven other grandchildren of the Queen attended the vigil, including James' sister, Lady Louise.

Seven other grandchildren of the Queen attended the vigil, including James’ sister, Lady Louise.
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mourners continued to flow Royal They stood guard near the queen’s coffin until the vigil ended at 6:15 pm.

Greetings! The magazine reported that Wessex decided to participate in the monitoring of grandchildren to support their teenage children, who are comparatively smaller than their cousins.

Sophie, who shares a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth, was seen in tears watching the ceremony.

It was a rare public appearance for James, who mostly stays out of the limelight. Regarding their decision to attend the vigil with their cousins, a royal source told People magazine that “the grandchildren, at the king’s invitation, are very eager to pay their respects.”

His parents Edward and Sophie were also in attendance as they watched their two children stand alert from the viewing platform.

His parents Edward and Sophie were also in attendance as they watched their two children stand alert from the viewing platform.
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Apart from attending major royal events with their parents, James and Louise lead relatively private lives. Edward and Sophie refuse to pass on the titles of prince and princess to their children, although they may choose to use the titles after the age of 18.

According to a 1917 decree issued by King George V, the children and grandchildren of a ruling sovereign automatic rights To the titles of Prince or Princess and HRH (His/Her Royal Highness).

Countess of Wessex In a 2020 interview with The Times of London, she and Edward explained their decision not to give titles to their children.

“We try to bring them in with the understanding that they have great potential to work for a living,” she said. “So we made the decision not to use the HRH titles. They have them and may decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s very unlikely.”

Prince William led his cousins ​​as they arrived on Saturday to keep watch for their beloved grandmother.

Prince William led his cousins ​​as they arrived on Saturday to keep watch for their beloved grandmother.
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At 14, James is close to the age that Prince William and Prince Harry walked past their mother Princess Diana’s coffin during her funeral on September 6, 1997. At the time, William was 15 and Harry was 12.

In a 2017 BBC documentary, William described participating in the funeral procession from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, that walk”.

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The Prince of Wales continued, “It felt like he was”. [Diana] It was almost like running with us to get us through this.”

On Thursday, William and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, greeted well-wishers outside Sandringham as they looked at wreaths left by members of the public.

Mourner Jane Wells told the Telegraph that William shared her thoughts about attending the Queen’s funeral on Thursday.

“He said how difficult yesterday was and it reminded him of his mother’s funeral,” Wells said.

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Following the procession, William attended a service in honor of the Queen at Westminster Hall with Harry, King Charles, Queen Camilla and other senior royals. James, Louise and other royal cousins ​​were also in attendance.

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