The Queen’s four male grandchildren showed off their collection of service medals as they stood guard over Her Majesty’s coffin in Westminster Hall.
Prince William was joined by his brother Prince Harry and their six cousins for the solemn 15-minute vigil on Saturday night.
The brothers, who both wore the uniform of the Blues and Royals, displayed medals commemorating personal military achievements, commitment to public service, and key milestones in the Queen’s extraordinary 70-year reign. Their cousins Peter Phillips, 44, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, had their medals pinned to their suits.
Prince Harry wore (from left) The Afghanistan campaign medal, the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Medal. Prince Harry also wears the Neck Order and Star representing his role as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, an honour bestowed by the Queen in recognition of services to the Sovereign
Prince Harry (left) wore four medals: The Afghanistan campaign medal, the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Medal. Meanwhile Prince William (right) donned three: the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2022 Platinum Jubilee medal.
Prince William wore (from left) the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2022 Platinum Jubilee medal. Below is the Garter star, signifying he is a member of the Order of the Garter
The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips (left), has not served in the military but wears medals commemorating milestones. Pictured from left: the 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal, the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2022 Platinum Jubilee medal. Similarly, James, Viscount Severn (right), wears the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Platinum Jubilee Medal
Peter Phillips (left) wore three medals, each commemorating the Queen’s milestone Jubilees, including the Golden, Diamond, and Platinum, while the 14-year-old James, Viscount Severn (right) donned the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Platinum Jubilee Medal
Milestones, military service and royal honours: What do the medals mean?
Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals: Medals have been awarded to mark royal jubilees since the Victorian period when the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign was commemorated in 1887 with a medal.
In recent decades, medals have been issued to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Silver Jubilee in 1977. Most recently, she awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. Recipients included Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie’s husband, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice’s husband.
Female Royal Family members also received the medal but have fewer occasions on which to display their honours.
The Order of the Garter: Prince William displays the star badge signifying he is a member of the Order of the Garter.
Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter is the senior British order of chivalry awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement.
Originally it served the double purpose of bringing together the sovereign and 25 senior knights who were the country’s military leaders as well as establishing a new fellowship in religious worship.
Prince William became a Knight of the Garter in 2008, aged 25.
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order: Prince Harry was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 2015. Awards in the Royal Victorian Order are made personally by The Queen, for services to the Sovereign.
Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan: Prince Harry wears the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan. The prince spent 10 years in the Army, rising to the rank of captain, and served two tours of Afghanistan.
He received the medal in 2008 in recognition of his military service
The Queen’s eight grandchildren – including Prince Harry in his military uniform – stood by her coffin in her honour as she lay in state in Westminster Hall as weeping mourners filed past tonight.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren Prince William, the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, arrived just before 6pm where they held a 15-minute vigil.
Brothers William and Harry – both dressed in uniform – stood guard at the Queen’s lying in state in Westminster Hall on Saturday evening as a stream of mourners filed past after queueing for hours.
Prince Harry, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has previously been denied the chance to wear his military uniform as he publicly mourns, because he is no longer a working royal.
But royal sources said the King decided his youngest son could wear uniform for the vigil.
Despite being a former Army officer, Harry has been in civilian dress for official events this week, including walking behind the Queen’s coffin on Wednesday.
Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor followed in the footsteps of Princess Anne by taking part in a ceremony that has been traditionally reserved for male members of the Royal Family
Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Beatrice stood vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday night
Princess Eugenie joined her sister and cousins at the vigil (left). Right, Prince Harry was permitted to wear military dress
James Viscount Severn, 14, looked sombre as he stood vigil beside his grandmother’s coffin this evening at Westminster Hall
Pictured: Princess Eugenie (back left), Princess Beatrice (back right), James, Viscount Severn (centre left), Lady Louise Windsor (centre right), Peter Phillips (front left) and Zara Tindall (front right)
Princess Eugenie (left) and Zara Tindall (right) looked sombre as they took part in the Vigil of the Princes on Saturday night
Prince William and the Duke of Sussex lead their cousins into Westminster Hall for the vigil on Saturday night
Queen Elizabeth II ‘s grandchildren (clockwise from front centre) the Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil
On Saturday evening, Prince Harry was wearing the Blues and Royals, No.1 Uniform, KCVO Neck Order and Star, Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and Army Pilot Wings.
Prince William was wearing the Blues and Royals, No.1 Uniform, The Garter Sash, The Garter Star, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and RAF Pilot Wings.
The brothers were joined in their silent tribute around the coffin by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn.
The young royals, led by Prince William, were in position at the top of the grand committee staircase in the corner of the vast hall at 5.58pm.
At 6pm, the tapping which signifies the changing of the guard sounded and William began walking down the steps, one at a time, followed by Harry, then Beatrice and Eugenie side by side, Louise and James side by side, and Zara and Peter also side by side.
The eight sombre grandchildren arrived at Westminster Hall where they performed a vigil at the Queen’s coffin
Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren arrived in Westminster just before 6pm where they will hold a 15-minute vigil
Prince William bows his head as he stands beside his grandmother’s coffin in Westminster Hall
The Prince of Wales (right) and the Duke of Sussex before holding a vigil beside the coffin of their grandmother
Silence fell as members of the public looked on, with the only sound being the grandchildren’s footsteps on the stone.
Prince William was positioned at one end of the coffin, facing the north entrance, while Harry was positioned at the opposite end, facing the area of the hall where thousands of people have entered over the last few days.
The Prince of Wales stood with his hands clasped in front and his head bowed.
Louise and James’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, looked on from a platform facing the coffin.
Members of the public continued to file past while the Queen’s grandchildren stood guard, with some women wiping tears away from their face as they left the hall.
At 6.15pm, the tapping sounded and the grandchildren ended their vigil.
Prince William led the group away from the coffin, followed by Zara and Peter, Louise and James, Beatrice and Eugenie, and finally Harry.
The Queen’s eight grandchildren carried out a vigil at her coffin on Saturday evening in the Palace of Westminster
Mourners watched as the vigil was held for the Queen in Westminster Hall by her eight grandchildren on Saturday evening
The Queen’s grandchildren stand in solemn silence as they mount a vigil for their late grandmother in Westminster Hall
As the group made their way back up the corner staircase, Zara bent down to retrieve one of her shoes which appeared to have slipped off.
As the royals returned to their cars, Zara appeared to be linking arms with Harry, while Peter, Louise and Beatrice were walking along together.
Speaking to Sky News, three well-wishers said that it was ‘wonderful’ to see the vigil.
Jane said: ‘I was well worth coming back to this country for. I felt that I wanted to be, I’ve come from France, so I felt I really wanted to be here, and to have them there as well at the same time was just incredible.’
Shirley, said it was a ‘very emotional’ experience.
The Prince of Wales stands vigil beside the coffin of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in state in Westminster Hall
From left, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Beatrice hold a vigil in Westminster Hall, London
‘I really want to come, I said I’ve got to because she’s done such wonderful things in the 70 years,’ she said.
‘And even though I’m decrepit as it were, I thought “I’m going to make it by Jove I’m going to get here”.
‘At first I thought I was going to be very strong, but once I got past the coffin it was extremely emotional, and I’ve been trying to hold it back since — even now.’
Valerie, who was also with the group, added: ‘It was wonderful to see them, we didn’t think that we would. We thought that they were coming later this evening.
‘When they were there it was absolutely incredible, it’s been a wonderful day and we were really really pleased that we did it, especially as we got up at 4.30am this morning to actually make it.’
Edward added: ‘Majestic is the only real word that does it justice. really, really powerful to see them standing there so still and quiet, and the Princes very professional of course.’
Last night, King Charles and his siblings, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward mounted their touching final vigil for the Queen, before the late-monarch is laid to rest on Monday.
They were all dressed in uniform, with an exception made for disgraced Andrew, who is no longer a working royal, to wear his military uniform as a ‘special mark of respect’ for the Queen.