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King Charles III and his brothers attend the ‘Vigil of the Princes’ next to the coffin of Elizabeth II

Burning Chapel of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London – Yui Mok/PA Wire/dpa

King Charles III with his siblings –Princess Ana; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex– went to the Palace of Westminster this Friday to celebrate the ‘Vigil of the Princes’ next to the coffin of Elizabeth II.

The royal entourage in which the king and his brothers travel has departed at 7:30 p.m. (one more hour in mainland Spain) from Buckingham Palace to Westminster, which since Wednesday hosts the monarch’s burning chapel.

Just about fifteen minutes later, the children of Elizabeth II have appeared dressed in military uniform, including Prince Andrew despite the fact that he was stripped of his titles by his mother after being involved in a case of alleged abuse.

Charles III and his brothers have watched over the coffin of the monarch for just over fifteen minutes, although this act has not stopped the access of people to the funeral chapel.

This ceremony is reminiscent of the one held last Monday at the Cathedral of San Gil in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the monarch’s children already watched over the body of Elizabeth II. That was the first time that a woman participated in a traditional vigil, until now reserved for the men of the Royal Family.

Elizabeth II’s grandchildren, including Prince William, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, will take part in a similar ceremony on Saturday.

The Palace of Westminster hosts the burning chapel of the late monarch from Wednesday afternoon and will not close until early Monday morning — 6:30, one more hour in mainland Spain. That same day, the state funeral in memory of Elizabeth II will take place, in the presence of hundreds of international leaders.

Source: Europa Press

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