Queen Elizabeth II's Youngest Grandchild, James Severn, Stands Guard at Her Coffin at Age 14

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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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James, Viscount Severn is following in the footsteps of his cousin, Prince William.

The 14-year-old son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, joined the new Prince of Wales, 40, at a family vigil for Queen Elizabeth in Westminster Hall Saturday, alongside sister Lady Louise, 18, and cousins Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie.

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.

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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 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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Britain's Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex, James (C), Viscount Severn, and Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) mount a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 16, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex, James (C), Viscount Severn, and Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) mount a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 16, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty James Severn stands vigil for Queen Elizabeth

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

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."

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Britain's Prince William (C-R), Prince of Wales, and Britain's Prince Harry (C-L), Duke of Sussex, arrive to mount a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 16, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C-R), Prince of Wales, and Britain's Prince Harry (C-L), Duke of Sussex, arrive to mount a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 16, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Prince William and Prince Harry

Despite this, both James and his sister Louise can choose to use the titles when they turn 18, according to the 1917 Letters Patent issued by King George V. Their mother, however, told The Times that this is "highly unlikely."

Speaking to mourners gathered outside Sandringham House on Thursday, Prince William previously reflected on how "difficult" he'd found it to repeat the walk he took as a 15-year-old during the ceremonial procession behind the Queen's coffin on Wednesday.

The procession included Queen Elizabeth's four children — King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — and several of her grandchildren, including Peter, William and Harry, with the latter two walking side-by-side.

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Aaron Chown/AP/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth's coffin lies in state

"He said how difficult it was yesterday and how it reminded him of his mum's funeral," mourner Jane Wells told The Telegraph, adding that Kate Middleton had also said, "It's just been such a difficult time for all of them, for the whole family."

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The procession was followed by a service honoring the Queen at Westminster Hall which was also attended by James, Prince William and their other cousins.

In one photo, Princess Eugenie could be seen wiping away tears as she stood with family members. She was joined by her husband, Jack Brooksbank. Beatrice's husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Zara's husband, Mike Tindall, were also present.