Princess Anne makes history at the Queen’s vigil: find out why

royal tradition. Princess Anna went down in history by taking its place next to the coffin of the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II during the All-Night Vigil of the Princes.

The Princess Royal, 72, became the first female member of the British royal family to “stand guard” during the traditional ceremony, which took place in Scotland on Monday 12 September. Anna was in military uniform when she joined her three brothers – King Charles III, Prince Andrew as well as Prince Edwardwhich the late queen shared with Prince Philip for vigil.

Anne represented the Royal Navy during the grim event. She is the only female member of the royal family to wear a uniform for state occasions.

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Earlier Monday, Anne and her siblings walked behind their mother’s coffin as it arrived at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The four lined up behind the hearse during the procession from Holyroodhouse Palace before the vigil. Elizabeth’s coffin is to remain at the cathedral until Tuesday 13 September, when it will be flown back to London as mourning continues in the UK.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday 8 September that the Queen has “passed away peacefully” at the age of 96. Hours earlier, family members hurried to her Balmoral estate as her doctors became increasingly concerned about her health. 73-year-old Charles immediately ascended the throne after the death of Elizabeth.

While Anne made no official announcement about the loss of the royal family, Charles paid an emotional tribute to Elizabeth on Thursday, the day before he first addressed the country as king.

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Queen Elizabeth II Tim Rook/Shutterstock

“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the former Prince of Wales said on Thursday. “We deeply mourn the death of our beloved Sovereign and beloved Mother. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and to countless people around the world.”

Charles added: “In this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that the Queen so widely nourished.”

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Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence attend a service of prayer and reflection on the life of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Aaron Chown/AP/Shutterstock

On Sunday, September 11, the palace announced that the funeral processions were continuing. “Her Majesty the Queen’s coffin has left Balmoral,” the statement said. “Accompanied by the royal princess and Sir Timothy Lawrencethe cortege will head to Holyrood Palace.”

Anne and her 67-year-old husband made the six-hour drive to Holyroodhouse from the estate where Elizabeth died. When the coffin arrived it was decorated with flowers and the Royal Standard of Scotland. Standing with Andrew, 62, Edward, 58, and his wife Sophie, Countess of WessexAnne curtsied to the coffin as it passed.

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King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II down the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. John Super/AP/Shutterstock

The Olympian had a strong bond with his late mother, and she even helped teach Elizabeth how to video chat during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. ITV on air Anne: Princess Royal at 70 in July 2020, and a video circulated online of the Queen trying to join a Webex conference dedicated to carers across the UK.

“Do you see everyone? You should have six people on the screen,” Anna instructed the monarch, who replied that he saw only four participants. Her daughter joked back, “You don’t need me. You know what I look like.”

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