Mourning a tragic loss. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, honored his mom, Queen Elizabeth II, with a touching tribute following her dying at age 96.
“As a household, we’ve grown up studying to share our mother and father, particularly our beloved mama, with the Nation, her Realms and the Commonwealth,” via the royal family’s Instagram account on Friday, September 16. “Whereas it has been pretty to have hung out saying our personal farewell privately at Balmoral, it’s now time to permit others to have the ability to say their farewell.”
The submit included a video of Edward and spouse Sophie Rhys-Jones lighting candles throughout the vigil at Westminster Corridor on Friday. “We now have been overwhelmed by the tide of emotion that has engulfed us and the sheer quantity of people that have gone out of their strategy to specific their very own love, admiration and respect to such a really particular and distinctive one who was at all times there for us,” the earl continued. “And now, we’re there for her, united in grief. Thanks on your help, you don’t have any thought how a lot it means.”
The Cambridge College alum shared that the “Queen’s passing has left an unimaginable void in all our lives,” noting that he and the Countess of Wessex, 57, “have taken enormous pleasure” in seeing daughter Girl Louise Windsor, 18, and son James, Viscount Severn, 14, “having fun with the locations and actions that their grandparents” additionally liked. “These blissful reminiscences have now turn out to be massively valuable to each one among us,” he mentioned.
The prince concluded, “Might God bless Her Majesty and will her reminiscence be lengthy cherished even because the baton she has carried for these previous 70 years now passes to the following era and to my brother, Charles. Lengthy Stay The King.”
Whereas the Earl of Wessex is the youngest son of Elizabeth and the late Prince Phillip, his relationship with Her Majesty was a famously shut one. “We do see various her,” the Countess of Wessex advised Sky Information in 2016 of the bond she shared together with her mother-in-law. “We’re over there most weekends driving.”
After the dying of his father Philip in April 2021, Edward spoke to reporters in regards to the problem of grieving a mum or dad. “Nevertheless a lot one tries to organize oneself for one thing like this it’s nonetheless a dreadful shock,” he mentioned on the time. “And we’re nonetheless making an attempt to return to phrases with that and it’s very, very unhappy.”
Following the late monarch’s dying on September 8 at Balmoral Fortress, Edward joined his three older siblings — King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew — in Scotland. On Sunday, September 11, the 4 kids adopted their late mom’s hearse throughout the funeral procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Three days later, the earl walked within the procession to Westminster Corridor with different members of the royal household standing behind Charles, 73, and Queen Consort Camilla. On Friday, the 4 siblings stood across the royal matriarch’s coffin, which is mendacity in state at Westminster Corridor in London till her funeral on Monday, September 19.
All clad in uniform, every of Elizabeth’s kids walked up the catafalque, the raised platform upon which the casket was positioned, and seemed on the coffin earlier than turning round to face the gang. They stood silent as they surrounded the casket for the 15-minute vigil.