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Rosaleen Fenton

Emotional Sophie Wessex looks on as her children take part in Queen's vigil

The Queen’s youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn, took part in touching vigil for the monarch at Westminster Hall this evening where she is lying-in- state. Lady Louise, aged 18 and and her brother James, Viscount Severn, aged 14, looked emotional as they stood guard around her coffin for a vigil in Westminster Hall.

They joined The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex for the moving ceremony, alongside their cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. They had their heads bowed as members of the public filed past them, and their parents, The Earl and Countess of Wessex looked on.

James Viscount Severn, 14, looked sombre (sky)
He was joined by his older sister Lady Louise Windsor (via REUTERS)

Sophie watched on in tears on as the eight grandchildren guarded their grandmother's coffin at Westminster Hall. The Prince of Wales, in his military uniform for the first time since the Queen died, at the head of the coffin was flanked by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Philips.

The Duke of Sussex, wearing his military uniform, stood at the foot alongside Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Lady Louise and James, the youngest two grandchildren, were at the middle of the coffin, while The Prince of Wales, stood at the head of the coffin flanked by his cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Philips.

Well-wishers walked on by the group, as they held vigil for 15 minutes, in order to pay their respects to the monarch who lies-in-state.

Earlier, The Earl and Countess of Wessex met well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace. Many hadn't expected to meet the royals, who appeared unannounced.

They were met with cheers from the crowd as they emerged from the palace on Saturday afternoon.

The Queen’s youngest son could be heard asking mourners where they had come from - before apologising and explaining why he had not been shaking people's hands.

William led the Queen's grandchildren down the stairs (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, his wife was given bouquets and a stuffed toy as she shook hands with those gathered and chatted to the mourners.

Last night, the Queen’s children – Charles, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex – took part in their own vigil.

They were all dressed in uniform, with an exception made for disgraced Andrew, who is no longer a working royal, to wear his military uniform as a "special mark of respect” for the Queen.

The Queen's grandchildren all mounted a vigil at her coffin (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror)

All of the Queen's grandchildren and their spouses will be present at the Queen's funeral on Monday, which is expected to see the Abbey filled with over 2,000 guests.

A two minute silence will be held and the national anthem will then be played to signal the closing of the service.

After the funeral, the King and members of the royal family will walk behind the Queen's coffin to Wellington Arch before it is driven to Windsor on the state hearse.

Sombre Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex look on as their children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn stand next to their grandmother's coffin (Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror)

The Queen will then be transferred to Windsor Castle where the late monarch will be laid to rest alongside Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in King George VI's chapel.

The chapel is also the resting place of the Queen's father, King George VI, the Queen's mother and sister, Princess Margaret.

You can leave your tributes to Queen Elizabeth II here.

This weekend, the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror celebrate the life of Her Majesty the Queen with a commemorative special filled with all the key moments from Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Be sure to pick up your copy of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror to get both pullouts.

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