While the late monarch’s children took part in the ten-minute vigil alone, alongside four suited members of the Royal Company of Archers, they were supported by their respective partners, who sat inside the cathedral while the vigil took place.
Arrangements were reportedly made for the partners to witness the vigil and mark their respects, and they took their seats on one side of the Queen’s coffin, where members of the public were passing by behind them.
The King and Queen Consort arrived together in a car, while Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, and Prince Andrew followed behind.
The Countess of Wessex supported Prince Edward at the Vigil of the Princes
As His Majesty arrived, crowds gathered to cheer for him, with some royal fans shouting: “Here he is! Here he is! It’s the king!” while taking pictures and videos,” according to PA. Charles waved to onlookers before entering the church for the somber occasion.
The Queen Consort had changed out of the black coat dress and feather embellished that she had worn earlier in the afternoon. Instead, she wore a black jacket and knee-length dress, accessorized with the Diamond Thistle Brooch that had been given to her by her late mother-in-law, while the King wore a kilt.
The Queen Consort also attended the emotional vigil
The vigil lasted for ten minutes, with the royals standing facing outwards on each side of the Queen’s coffin in silence, with their heads bowed. After the moving vigil came to an end, the royals left the cathedral and were driven away.