Prince Harry and Prince William Flank the Queen's Coffin at Her Vigil

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Photo credit: IAN VOGLER - Getty Images

Prince William and brother Prince Harry flanked their late grandmother's coffin today at her vigil.

The service took place at Westminster Hall at 6 pm U.K. time. For 15 minutes, William stood at the head of the coffin, while Harry stood at the foot. The two wore their military uniforms for the service as a sign of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.

They were joined by their cousins, the queen's six other grandchildren—Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise, and James, Viscount Severn—who wore morning coats and dark formal dresses with decorations.

Flanking William were Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and flanking Harry were Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, stood near the middle of the coffin.

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Photo credit: CHRIS JACKSON - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were also in attendance.

This is the first time in history that the grandchildren of a monarch have taken part in the vigil ceremony, per BBC. Harry also wore his military uniform for the first time since 2020, at the special request of King Charles.

On Friday evening, a similar vigil was attended by the queen's four children: King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, all who were dressed in their military uniforms.

The final vigil for the queen comes ahead of her funeral, which will take place Monday at Westminster Abbey in London. Following the service, the queen will be buried at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her husband of more than 70 years, Prince Philip, lies since his death last year.

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