Prince Andrew reconnects with his old life at the Princes’ Vigil

Le prince Andrew a pu porter son uniforme de vice-amiral de la Royal Navy à Westminster Hall, le 16 septembre 2022.

The Duke of York took part in a second vigil of the princes at Westminster Hall, this September 16, 2022, during which he was able, like his brother and sister, to put on his uniform of the Royal Navy. An exceptional authorization considered as a “mark of respect” towards Queen Elizabeth II.

It is 7:50 p.m. London time when he takes his place before the coffin of his beloved mother. With a serious face, head tilted slightly forward, Prince Andrew is participating, on September 16, 2022, in his second vigil of princes since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, eight days earlier. Strapped into his uniform of vice-admiral of the Royal Navy, the Duke of York finds, for about ten minutes, his life before.

Prince Andrew during the princes' vigil at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022.
Prince Andrew was temporarily able to wear his Royal Navy uniform during the princes’ vigil at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022. © PA Photos/ABACA

Since his retirement from public life in November 2019, the one who was described as the “favorite son” of the late sovereign was no longer authorized to wear it, no longer being an active member of the “Firm”. A decision linked to the Epstein scandal and the accusations of sexual assault against him. Alongside his brother and sister, King Charles III, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal, the father of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie has finally found this uniform so dear to him. An authorization from the new sovereign who sees it as a “‘mark of respect’ towards the queen during the last vigil”, reports on TwitterBritish journalist Roya Nikkhah.

A clan united in sadness

After having marked a brief stop in front of the entrance to Westminster Hall, the four children of Queen Elizabeth II advance together to her coffin around which they position themselves, at the ends. Welsh Guards and Yeomen of the Guard also frame the catafalque on which the body of the sovereign has been resting for two days. Come to participate in lying-in-state, the crowd, silent and respectful, bows and pauses for a few seconds in front of them under the gaze of the almost complete British royal family. The Windsors have taken their place in height and watch over their matriarch.

King Charles III, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward in front of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022.
The four children of Queen Elizabeth II in front of her coffin at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022. © PA Photos/ABACA

Queen Consort Camilla and the Countess of Wessex are indeed present, as well as Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, husband of Princess Anne. Queen Elizabeth’s four granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, attend this vigil of princes. Her brother, James, Viscount Severn, also came, as did Peter Phillips and his two daughters Savannah and Isla. Tears seem to well up in the eyes of Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the husband of Beatrice of York. The pain can be read on the faces of each other.

Sophie de Wessex very moved during the vigil of the princes at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022.
The Countess of Wessex very moved during the vigil of the princes at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022. © PA Photos/ABACA

Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Princess Alexandra stands alongside her older brother, the Duke of Kent. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are also there. Daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-granddaughters, cousins, nephews and nieces of the late sovereign are all reunited at this moment filled with emotions. The strong image of a clan united in pain.

Cousins, nephews and nieces of Elizabeth gathered at Westminster Hall to attend the princes' vigil together on September 16, 2022.
Cousins, nephews and nieces of Elizabeth gathered at Westminster Hall to attend the vigil of the princes together. © PA Photos/ABACA

Earlier in the day, Prince Edward published – for the first time since the death of Elizabeth II – a communicated in which he underlines the fact that it is “now time to allow others to be able to say goodbye”, thus referring to the lying-in-state and to the thousands of Britons who parade in Westminster Hall, like a few days earlier in St Gilles Cathedral in Edinburgh, to pay homage to the one who was their queen for more than seventy years. The Earl of Wessex also evokes his joy and that of his wife Sophie “to see [leurs] James and Louise enjoy the places and activities their grandparents loved so much.”

After Edinburgh, King Charles III and his brothers and sisters took part in their second vigil of princes, this time in London, on September 16, 2022.
After Edinburgh, King Charles III and his brothers and sisters took part in their second vigil of princes, this time in London, on September 16, 2022. © PA Photos/ABACA

“These times spent together, these happy memories have now become extremely precious for all of us,” he adds. Shortly after, Edward and Sophie greet the public outside Windsor Castle, where his brother Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson were spotted on Friday gazing at the hundreds of bouquets of flowers and words filed by the bereaved Britons.

On the evening of September 17, a special princely vigil will be held in which Queen Elizabeth’s eight grandchildren will participate. A wish on their part in order to be able to honor the one who has counted so much in their lives. Like his uncle Andrew, Prince Harry will be exceptionally allowed to wear his Blues and Royals uniform for this time of family contemplation.

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