Death of Elizabeth II. The Queen’s grandchildren watched over their grandmother’s coffin

William, Harry and the six other grandchildren of Elizabeth II made, around 7 p.m. this Saturday, September 17, 2022, their entry into Westminster Hall, where their grandmother rests, to watch over the coffin of the sovereign, for a little over a quarter of an hour.

William and Harry in uniform

It was Prince William, in ceremonial uniform, who led the procession of the Queen’s eight grandchildren, who entered Westminster Abbey to the sound of a saber hitting the ground. Prince Harry had also put on a uniform.

Note that the spouses of the Queen’s grandchildren were not invited to participate in the ceremony.

Prince Harry and William and the other grandchildren of Elizabeth II, at Westminster Hall, this Saturday, September 17, 2022. | IAN VOGLER / AFP

Princes William and Harry at Westminster Hall, this Saturday, September 17, 2022. | IAN VOGLER / AFP

A vigil in public

The queen’s four children, King Charles III, Anne, Andrew and Edward, had also watched over Elizabeth II the day before, also for a quarter of an hour. They had already watched over their mother’s coffin when it was in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 8.

Both vigils at Westminster Hall were attended by many Britons.

The coffin of Elizabeth II, in Westminster Hall, this Saturday, September 17, 2022. | AARON CHOWN/REUTERS

Some of them waited several hours in the street before they can see the coffin of the late queen.

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