William and Harry lead the Queen’s eight grandchildren into a coffin vigil

Queen Elizabeth’s eight grandchildren together staged a harrowing evening vigil over their grandmother’s beloved coffin before the last day of lying in state.

The Prince of Wales, at the head of the coffin, and his brother, the Duke of Sussex, stood at the foot, in the uniform of the No. 1 Blues and Royals, their heads bowed in her honor in sombre silence in the vast Westminster Hall.

The future King William was surrounded at corners by his cousins ​​Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.

Grandchildren march in formation of their vigil (Aaron Chown/PA)

Harry was among Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, with 18-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn – the Queen’s 14-year-old grandson – in the middle on either side of the coffin.

Recording of mourners has slowed in the past to almost pausing to look at the younger generation of royals as they stand in the spotlight, united in mourning for their grandmother but keeping their composure – just as the Queen is famous – throughout.

Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil next to their grandmother’s coffin (Chris Jackson/PA)

The grandchildren, at the king’s invitation, wanted to pay their respects as their parents had done the night before.

This is the only time that Harry, who was stripped of his honorary military titles by the Queen after Megaset, has been seen in garb at ceremonial occasions crying for the Queen, after his father the King allowed it.

The Countess of Wessex looked sad as she watched her children Lady Louise and James take on the difficult role.

Viscount Severn and Princess Eugenie during the vigil (Aaron Chown/PA)

Eugenie closed her eyes while the cousins ​​remained still with their heads bowed, staring downward.

Just an hour earlier, Beatrice and Eugenie had paid a moving tribute to the Queen, saying: “Farewell, dear Granny, it has been the honor of our lives to be your granddaughters.

The sisters, in a written letter, thanked their grandmother for “making us laugh, for engaging us, for picking heather and berries, for marching soldiers, and for tea, for rest, and for joy.”

Earl and Countess of Wessex watching the vigil (Aaron Chaon/PA).

The princesses said they missed the Queen dearly and thanked her for having “the loving hand on our backs guiding us through this world,” adding: “We, like many, thought you would be here forever.”

With only two days to go until the Queen’s state funeral, William and the King went on a tour on Saturday afternoon to greet mourners in the state’s lying waiting list, after Charles took a tour of the Metropolitan Police’s operating room.

Hundreds of people queued in Lambeth, south London, clapped and clapped, with William and Charles shaking dozens of hands and the Prince discussing how long people had waited and whether they were able to keep warm.

The Prince of Wales meets members of the audience at the queue (Aaron Chown/PA)

Several people cried after meeting William, one woman told him, “You will be a shining king one day,” while another told Charles the Queen would be proud of him.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex also met well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace.

Edward told the audience, “I know my mother would really appreciate this wonderful support.”

The king greets the people in the false line of the state (Aaron Chun/PA)

With world leaders and dignitaries arriving from around the world over the weekend, the King embarked on an array of diplomatic missions as head of state.

He welcomed five prime ministers – Canadian Justin Trudeau, Australian leader Anthony Albanese, Bahamas Philip Davis, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand.

He also held a luncheon at the Palace for Governors-General of Commonwealth countries, where he was joined by the Princess of Wales, the Prince of Wales and the Queen Consort.

Kate is seen having a deep conversation with Camilla during the royal engagement.

The Queen Queen and the Princess of Wales during a luncheon held for the Rulers-General of the Commonwealth kingdoms at the palace (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The princess, with her hair down, wore a long, three-stranded pearl necklace and pearl earrings—both of which were a gift from the late queen.

At Westminster Abbey, final preparations are being made for Monday’s funeral.

The Dean of Westminster, Reverend Dr David Howell, who will lead the ceremony, said the service would be “a wonderful combination of great celebration and some very deep but very ordinary words”.

“It’s on a scale that not even Westminster Abbey often does,” he said.

Hundreds of people took part in preparations inside the Gothic church, working through the night putting in 19 and 20 hour shifts to hold the historic ceremony.

The dean said, “Working on it being a state funeral is really important. It’s supposed to be visible. It’s supposed to be big.”

He added: “Part of this is about remembering the importance of (the Queen) and her place in history and her place in the nation and the Commonwealth.

“But it is a funeral. It is for a grieving family. This is really important, a personal grief at the heart of this.”