The king stood quietly, bowed his head, and was on top of the Queen’s coffin, while his sister Anne, the Princess Royal, and his brother Edward, Earl of Wessex, were on either side. Andrew, Duke of York, was at the foot of the coffin.
Andrew gave up his royal duties in 2019 due to his ties to disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Several members of the royal family came to observe the vigil. Camilla, the Queen consort, accompanied the King, standing next to Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.
Sophie, wife of Prince Edward, Countess of Wessex, was there with her two children Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn.
There were Queen’s granddaughters Zara Tindall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.
Seen for the first time since the Queen’s death last Thursday, also in attendance were some of the Queen’s youngest grandchildren including Mia and Lena Tindall.
The Queen has been lying in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, since Wednesday. The Medieval Hall is where the Queen’s ancestors were also placed. Her father, King George VI in 1952, her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 2002, her grandfather George V in 1936, and her great-grandfather Edward VII in 1910 – the first member of the royal family in the state.
The Queen’s coffin is covered with a royal standard and has the Imperial State Crown and the Germanic ball and sceptre lying on top of it.
Late on Friday evening local time, a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police said they had arrested a man following a “turmoil” inside Westminster Hall.
“He was arrested for committing a crime under the Public Order Law and is currently under arrest,” the statement added.
The Continuous Clock is kept within Westminster Hall by the King’s Body Guards of the Legion of Gentlemen in Arms, the Royal Company of Archers, and the Yeomen of the Guard aided by the Yeomen’s Guards in the Tower of London and by the officers of the family division while lying in state and lying at rest.
Each hour lasts for six hours, with individuals within those hours remaining vigil for 20 minutes at a time.
The royal vigil took place on Friday evening, along with the military escort It was similar to the one hosted by the Queen’s children at St Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland earlier this week.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, will stand at the head of the coffin, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will stand at its foot. The source added that the Prince of Wales will be surrounded by Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, who are the children of Princess Anne. The Duke of Sussex will be surrounded by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Andrew’s daughters, along with Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.
Cheers and boos in Wales
King Charles III and Camilla visited the Queen of Wales earlier on Friday and met members of the public and received a request for condolences.
The King said he is taking up his new duties as King “with great gratitude for the privilege of being able to hold the office of Prince of Wales”.
“It must certainly be regarded as the greatest privilege of belonging to a land that can inspire such devotion,” he said. Speaking in Welsh, the king said his son, Prince William, who took over as Prince of Wales from his father, had a “profound love for Wales”.
But the new king also faced some signs of disapproval on Friday. When he arrived at Cardiff Castle in the afternoon, he was greeted by both cheers and boos.
While many protesters were chanting and waving flags, some protesters booed loudly. King Charles seemed to shake his head slightly as his car drove past and into the castle.
The palace said in a statement that after returning to London and before joining the vigil at Westminster Hall, Charles held a reception for religious leaders in the Bow Hall at Buckingham Palace.