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Poignant moment Prince Harry is overcome with emotion as he moves into state service for his grandmother the Queen
Prince Harry seemed overcome with emotion as he honored Queen Elizabeth II for her touching service in state service at Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
When the late monarch’s coffin was placed in the entrance hall, photos captured a poignant moment for the Duke of Sussex as he held his head in one hand, shielded his eyes and looked down. Dressed in a medal-adorned suit, he stands next to the Duchess of Sussex, who looks down with a somber expression on her face.
Prince Harry also looked emotional as he entered Westminster Hall after the Buckingham Palace procession. Meanwhile, his brother, the Prince of Wales, looked ahead.
Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, stood alongside their wives, Meghan and Kate, as they put aside their bitter feud to pay their respects to their grandmother. As the siblings walked side by side for the harrowing 38-minute procession from Buckingham Palace, their spouses traveled in separate cars, with Meghan accompanied by the Countess of Wessex and Kate accompanied by Camilla, the Queen Consort.
During the service, the ‘Fab Four’ stood in formation facing the coffin on its purple-covered catafalque, which was flanked by a tall, yellow flickering candle at each corner of the broad scarlet platform at the heart of Westminster Hall – the backdrop of some of the most famous moments in British history.
The Sussexes were in the back of the group of royals, with Harry directly behind William and Meghan behind Kate. The touching moment marks the couple’s first time together since their surprise walk together at Windsor Castle on Saturday, and a rare show of togetherness.
The Queen’s casket entered Westminster Hall as the choir of Westminster Abbey and the choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, sang Psalm 139. When the Queen arrived, Charles, William and Anne saluted. Harry and Prince Andrew – who were not allowed to wear a military uniform – bowed their heads instead (pictured).
The Archbishop of Canterbury then read the opening prayer that the king led the royal family in reciting. The family stood still for the short service the late monarch had organized with the Church of England before she died at the age of 96. Pictured: General view of the reception of the casket for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022.
After the congregation was turned away, cries of “God save the King” rang out as the King and Queen Consort left Westminster Hall as Big Ben tolled at 3:30 p.m. Royal couples left the building side by side, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding hands and the Princess of Wales rubbing her husband’s arm reassuringly. Pictured: King Charles III, Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan , Duchess of Sussex, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.
Since 5pm on Wednesday, mourners can pass by the coffin (pictured) to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
It is estimated that one million people will queue up to 30 hours to see Queen Elizabeth II for Monday’s state funeral. Pictured: Members of the public line up to see the deceased monarch’s coffin on September 14, 2022.
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