Mourning the tragic loss. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessexhonored his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, with a touching tribute following her death at the age of 96.
“As a family, we have grown up learning to share our parents, especially our beloved mother, with the Nation, its Realms and the Commonwealth,” via the royal family’s Instagram report on Friday, September 16th. “While it was nice to spend time saying goodbye in private at Balmoral, now it’s time to let others say goodbye.”
The post included a video of Edward and his wife. Sophie Rhys-Jones lighting candles during a vigil at Westminster Hall on Friday. “We were overwhelmed by the wave of emotions that swept over us, and the huge number of people who went out of their way to express their love, admiration and respect for such a special and unique person who was always there for us. continued the Count. “And now we are here for her, united in grief. Thank you for your support, you have no idea how much this means.”
The Cambridge University graduate shared that “the Queen’s passing has left an unimaginable void in all of our lives”, noting that he and the 57-year-old Countess of Wessex “received great pleasure” seeing Lady Louise Windsor’s 18-year-old daughter and son James. , Viscount Severn, age 14, “enjoying the places and activities their grandparents loved.” “These happy memories have now become very valuable for each of us,” he said.
The Prince concluded: “God bless Her Majesty and may her memory be long cherished, even as the baton she carried for the past 70 years now passes to the next generation and to my brother Charles. Long live the king.”
Although the Earl of Wessex is the youngest son of Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip, his relationship with Her Majesty was very close. “We see her quite often,” said the Countess of Wessex. sky news in 2016 due to the bond she shared with her mother-in-law. “We ride there on the weekends.”
After the death of Philip’s father in April 2021, Edward told reporters about how hard it is to grieve for a parent. “No matter how much you try to prepare for something like this, it’s still a terrible shock,” he said then. “And we’re still trying to come to terms with it, and it’s very, very sad.”
After the death of the late monarch on 8 September at Balmoral Castle, Edward joined his three older siblings − King Charles III, Princess Anna as well as Prince Andrew – in Scotland. On Sunday, September 11, four children followed their late mother’s hearse in a funeral procession from Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Three days later, the Earl walked in procession to Westminster Hall with other members of the royal family standing behind Charles, aged 73, and Queen consort Camilla. On Friday, four siblings stood around the coffin of the royal matriarchy, which is located in Westminster Hall in London until her funeral on Monday, September 19.
All of Elizabeth’s children, dressed in uniform, climbed onto the hearse, the raised platform on which the coffin stood, and looked at the coffin before turning to face the crowd. They stood in silence, surrounding the coffin for a 15-minute vigil.