'Fortunate to share last 24 hours of my mother's life': Princess Anne remembers the Queen in heartfelt note
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Princess Anne, the only daughter of the longest serving monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, wrote a heartfelt note for her mother, as she accompanied her coffin back to Buckingham Palace. Princess Royal, the Queen's second child, spoke of the grief of losing her mother and how fortunate she was to be present for her mother's final 24 hours of life as the Queen's casket was being transported from Balmoral to London for the funeral rituals.
She wrote, "It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting. We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and everyone who shares our sense of loss.” Princess Royal also praised the people for their support of her brother Charles III, who became King after Queen Elizabeth II's death.
She wrote, "We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.” Born on August 15, 1950, Anne, Princess Royal is 16th in the line of succession to the British throne after the death of her mother on September 8, 2022. The title of ‘Princess Royal’ was bestowed upon Queen Elizabeth II's daughter in 1987.
The heartfelt tribute of Princess Anne comes just after the Queen's four children held a Vigil beside her coffin in St Giles' Cathedral church on Tuesday, September 13. The Royal Family said, "The people of Scotland bid their final farewells to Her Majesty The Queen as her coffin travels from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace.” After the vigil, Queen Elizabeth II's casket arrived at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, September 13.
Her Majesty The Queen’s coffin has arrived at Buckingham Palace, where it will rest overnight in the Bow Room.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 13, 2022
Tomorrow the coffin will be borne in Procession on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to the Palace of Westminster. pic.twitter.com/91rnoOwJUB
The Royal Family wrote on Twitter, "Her Majesty The Queen's coffin has arrived at Buckingham Palace, where it will rest overnight in the Bow Room. Tomorrow the coffin will be borne in Procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery to the Palace of Westminster.” The 96-year-old Queen's death brought to an end a seven-decade reign that spanned generations and made her a symbol of stability in a volatile world. Official mourning has begun in the UK, and condolences are flooding in from all around the world. Meanwhile, the coronation of King Charles-III as the new king of England took place on Saturday, September 10, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.