Mike Tindall Puts a Comforting Arm Around James, Viscount Severn, the Queen's Youngest Grandchild

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Mike Tindall Puts a Comforting Arm Around James, Viscount Severn, the Queen's Youngest Grandchild

Mike Tindall shared a tender moment with Queen Elizabeth's youngest grandson James, Viscount Severn at the late monarch's state funeral on Monday.

The former England rugby player — who is married to the Queen's eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall — put a comforting arm around his cousin-in-law James outside Westminster Abbey.

Mike and James, the 14-year-old son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were photographed making their way into the church together.

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mike tindall, James, Viscount Severn

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During the funeral service, Zara, 41, and Mike, 43, sat in the front row, alongside Zara's brother, Peter Phillips, and Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The sweet moment comes after James, Viscount Severn stood guard at Queen Elizabeth's coffin during a family vigil for the late Monarch in Westminster Hall on Saturday.

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mike tindall, James, Viscount Severn

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The teenager was joined by his sister Lady Louise, 18, and cousins Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Watched on by his parents, the late Queen's youngest grandchild looked calm and composed throughout the 15-minute vigil at the former monarch's lying-in-state, where he took a position at the side of Elizabeth's coffin and stood with his head bowed as mourners continued to pass.

"The grandchildren, at the King's invitation, are very keen to pay their respects," a royal source said about James's decision to publicly honor his late grandmother alongside his cousins inside the historic Hall.

James is also one year younger than Prince William was when he famously walked behind the coffin of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales on Sept. 9, 1997, at age 15.

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For James, the public display of mourning is particularly significant because Edward and Sophie opted not to give their children prince and princess titles at birth and have largely kept them out of the royal spotlight.

James' mother has previously explained the reasons why she and Edward decided to not give their children royal titles at birth, which they were entitled to as grandchildren of the Queen.

"We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living," the Countess of Wessex told The Times. "Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles."