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James, Viscount Severn is following in the footsteps of his cousin Prince William.
Prince Edward and Sophie, the 14-year-old son of the Countess of Wessex, joined the new Prince of Wales, 40, along with 18-year-old sister Lady Louise, and cousin Prince Harry, for Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Hall on Saturday. Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Watched by his parents, the late Queen’s youngest grandson looked calm and calm during the 15-minute vigil at the former monarch’s lay-in-state, where he took a position by the side of Elizabeth’s coffin and mourned the loss of mourners. The passing continued as he stood with his head bowed.
For James, the public display of mourning is particularly important as Edward and Sophie opted not to give their children the titles of prince and princess at birth and largely kept them out of the royal spotlight.
James is also a year younger than Prince William when he famously walked behind the coffin of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, on September 9, 1997, at the age of 15.
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Regarding James’ decision to publicly honor his late grandmother with his cousins inside the historic hall, a royal source says, “The grandchildren, at the King’s invitation, are very eager to pay their respects. “
James’ mother has previously explained the reasons why she and Edward chose not to give their children the royal titles at birth, which they were entitled to as grandsons of the Queen.
“We try to bring them with the understanding that they are very likely to work for a living,” said the Countess of Wessex many times, “That’s why we made the decision not to use the HRH title.”
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Despite this, according to a 1917 Letters Patent issued by King George V, both James and his sister Louise can choose to use the title at age 18. However, his mother told that many times That it is “highly unlikely.”
Speaking to mourners gathered outside Sandringham House on Thursday, Prince William previously considered that he found it “difficult” to walk as a 15-year-old during the ceremonial procession behind the Queen’s coffin on Wednesday .
The procession was attended by four of Queen Elizabeth’s 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 following along.
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“He said how difficult it was yesterday and it reminded him of his mother’s funeral,” said mourner Jane Wells WireAdding that even Kate Middleton said, “It’s been such a difficult time for all of them, for the whole family.”
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The procession was followed by a service in Westminster Hall in honor of the Queen, attended by James, Prince William and their other cousins.
In one of the pictures, Princess Eugenie can be seen wiping tears as she stands beside 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.