Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandchild, James, Viscount Severn, 14, watches over her coffin

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Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandchild, James, Viscount Severn, joined his cousins ​​as they paid their respects to the late monarch on Saturday.

James, who is the 14-year-old son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, took part in a 15-minute silent family wake at the Queen’s Bed in Westminster Hall.

The wake was attended by the Queen’s other seven grandchildren, including James’ sister Lady Louise, 18, and cousins ​​Prince William, 40, Prince Harry, 38, Peter Phillips, 44, Zara Tindall, 41, Princess Beatrice, 34, and Princess Eugenie, 32.

The teenager looked solemn as he stood guard next to his late grandmother’s coffin with his head bowed. Her parents, Edward and Sophie, were also present as they watched their two children keep watch from a viewing platform.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest grandchild, James, Viscount Severn, joined his cousins ​​as they paid their respects to the late monarch on Saturday.
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Along with his male cousins, James wore the commemorative medals given to them by the Queen. He pinned his 2012 Diamond and 2022 Platinum Jubilee medals to the front of his black suit.

The family vigil was observed by members of the public, who had waited in the 4 p.m. queue to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth, who died aged 96 on September 8.

The wake was attended by the Queen’s seven other grandchildren, including James’ sister Lady Louise.
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Mourners continued to file past the Royal Family as they stood guard near the Queen’s coffin until the vigil ended at 6.15pm.

Good morning! The magazine reported that the Wessexes decided to attend the grandchildren’s wake to support their teenagers, who are relatively younger than their cousins.

Sophie, who shared a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth, was pictured with tears in her eyes as she watched the ceremony.

It was a rare public appearance for James, who mostly stays out of the limelight. Of his decision to attend the vigil with his cousins, a royal source told People magazine that “the grandchildren, at the King’s invitation, are very keen to pay their respects to him.”

Her parents, Edward and Sophie, were also present as they watched their two children keep watch from a viewing platform.
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Aside from attending major royal events with their parents, James and Louise lead relatively private lives. Edward and Sophie refused to give their children prince and princess titles, although they could choose to use the titles after they turned 18.

According to a 1917 decree issued by King George V, the children and grandchildren of a reigning sovereign are automatically entitled to the titles of prince or princess and HRH (His Royal Highness).

The Countess of Wessex explained her and Edward’s decision not to give titles to their children in a 2020 interview with The Times of London.

“We try to raise them with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living,” she said. “So we made the decision not to use the HRH titles. They have them and can decide to use them from the age of 18, but I think that is highly unlikely.”

Prince William led his cousins ​​as they arrived to hold a vigil for their beloved grandmother on Saturday.

Prince William led his cousins ​​as they arrived to hold a vigil for their beloved grandmother on Saturday.
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At 14, James is close to the age Prince William and Prince Harry were when they walked behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, at her funeral on September 6, 1997. At the time, William was 15 and Harry was 12.

In a 2017 BBC documentary, William described his participation in the funeral procession from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, that march”.

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The Prince of Wales continued: “It was as if she [Diana] almost walked beside us to get us through that.”

William and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, greeted well-wishers outside Sandringham on Thursday as they saw floral tributes left by members of the public.

Mourner Jane Wells told The Telegraph William shared his thoughts on attending the Queen’s funeral procession on Thursday.

“He said how difficult it was yesterday and how much it reminded him of his mother’s funeral,” Wells said.

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After the procession, William attended a service for the Queen at Westminster Hall with Harry, King Charles, Queen Camilla and other members of the Royal Family. James, Louise and other royal cousins ​​also attended.

Ashley Hume is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @ashleyhume

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