Queen's four granddaughters come together in grief at somber vigil in Westminster Hall

Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor honored their 'beloved grannie' in a teary ceremony

Queen's four granddaughters come together in grief at somber vigil in Westminster Hall
All eight grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth came together for the vigil (Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Queen Elizabeth's four granddaughters, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor came together to take part in the vigil for their grandmother at Westminster Hall on Saturday, September 17. The cousins were joined by the Queen's grandsons, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, and James, Viscount Severn, for the 15-minute ceremony.

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Notably, Princess Anne became the first woman to take part in the Vigil of the Princess, traditionally observed by male members of the Royal Family, after she stood alongside her brothers, King Charles, Prince Andrew, and the Earl of Wessex. 

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn (obscured) arrive to hold a vigil in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren mount a family vigil over her coffin lying in state in Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn (obscured) arrive to hold a vigil in honor of Queen Elizabeth II (Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

In a memorable show of support, all eight grandchildren of the late Queen came together for the vigil at Westminster to honor her. The four granddaughters were dressed in mourning clothes, with simple and elegant black dresses and headbands. They filed into the Hall in formation, with Prince William leading in the traditional military uniform. He was followed by Prince Harry, also dressed in the regalia. 

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Behind the two brothers, entered princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, followed by Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, and subsequently Zara and Peter. Walking in pairs, they joined the 15-minute ceremony in honor of their late grandmother. Following the death of the Queen, all the grandchildren have made appearances to thank the public for their outpouring of love and support. 

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn arrive to hold a vigil in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren mount a family vigil over her coffin lying in state in Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn were dressed in black while Prince William and Prince Harry wore military uniforms (Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

All four granddaughters have been affected by the loss of the Queen. During the procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham to Westminster, Zara had sought comfort from her husband, who held her hand during their walk. Princess Eugenie had broken down into tears during the same event. Later, along with her sister Beatrice, she released a joint statement, writing, "We've not been able to put much into words since you left us all. There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved Queen, and our beloved Grannie." Even the young Lady Louise, who shared a fondness for carriage rides with her grandmother, looked emotional, wiping away her tears during the procession for the Queen's lying-in-state. 

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Princess Anne, the mother of Zara and Peter, earlier stood with her brothers during the Vigil of the Princess - a ceremony held twice before, once after the death of King George VI and then after the death of the Queen Mother. However, no female member of the Royal Family had ever taken part in the tradition. 

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn  depart after holding a vigil in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren mount a family vigil over her coffin lying in state in Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The grandchildren depart after holding a 15-minute vigil in honor of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall (Yui Mok-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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