With the eyes of the world on them, King Charles III and the rest of the royal family put their differences firmly aside to mourn the nation’s longest-serving monarch.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren, aged from 44 to 14, stood silently with their eyes lowered.
In her first public comments broadcast since Queen Elizabeth’s death, King Charles III’s wife said it must have been “so difficult” for the late monarch, who inherited the throne in 1952 when she was just 25 years old.
King Charles III and his siblings on Monday staged a vigil over the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as thousands of mourners in Edinburgh filed past to pay their final respects.
Thousands of people are expected to line up for the chance to see the flag-draped casket at St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital, a week before her funeral in London.
Prince William on Saturday promised to honour the memory of Queen Elizabeth II by supporting his father, King Charles III, “in every way”, in a heartfelt statement after his grandmother’s death.
William has grown up with a strong sense of his future responsibilities, with Charles’s reign inevitably set to be shorter than that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
King Charles III and the royal family on Friday began observing a mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II that will last until seven days after her state funeral, royal officials said.