Viewers erupt with praise for Queen's youngest grandchild, 14, as he observes vigil beside her coffin

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By stefan armitage

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Royal fans have taken to social media to praise Queen Elizabeth II's youngest grandson after he joined his sister and cousins in observing a vigil beside the late monarch's coffin.

On Saturday evening (September 17), history was made when the late queen's eight grandchildren came together to observe a 15-minute vigil around their grandmother's coffin.

Queen Elizabeth II is currently lying in state in Westminister Hall prior to her state funeral on Monday (September 19). The tradition allows members of the public to pay their respect to Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

And last night, the new Prince of Wales, William, led his brother Prince Harry and cousins Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn in a solemn vigil.

The historic moment is the very first time in British history that a monarch’s grandchildren have performed what is traditionally known as the Vigil of the Princes. The late queen's four children have performed two vigils following her death on September 8 - the most recent being on Friday.

A somber occasion, many viewers couldn't help but shower support for the Queen's youngest grandchild, James, Viscount Severn, who was undertaking the duty at the age of just 14 years old.

Dressed in a black suit and sporting what are believed to be two medals honoring the Queen's Diamond and Platinum jubilees, the young royal walked into Westminister Hall alongside his sister, Lady Louise Windsor, who is just 18 years old herself.

One amazed Twitter user wrote: "The standout for me was James, Viscount Severn. This 14yo showed such dignity and grace beyond his years. His grandparents would be so proud."

Another added: "Imagine being 14 and standing vigil besides the coffin of your grandmother. This was admirable from James, Viscount Severn."

"Extra Kudos to this young man, he is 14 & he stood there & did that, well done James, Viscount Severn," wrote a third.

And a fourth tweeted: "What ever you think of the monarchy, the lying in state and all of the rigmarole of the past 8 days. Fair play to James, Viscount Severn. Coolest name in the royal family. But only 14 years old and publicly standing guard.

"Well done young man. Well done."

Many others were also quick to highlight the fact that Lady Louise Windsor is also a teenager faced with the same daunting task, with one Twitter user writing: "Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn are incredible. What a huge ask of them at such young ages and how wonderfully they took their roles on with such dignity. Edward and Sophie must be very proud."

"My heart goes out to Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn [...] The Queen’s youngest grandchildren," wrote another.

Some even pointed out the teen's resemblance to a young Prince of Wales during the funeral of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

"James, Viscount Severn looks strikingly like a young Prince William today", one person wrote.

As the vigil took place, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn's parents - Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex - watched on from the viewing platform in Westminister Hall.

The first time the Vigil of the Princes took place was back in 1936 following the death of George V. His four sons – King Edward VIII, Prince Albert (the future King George VI and the late Queen Elizabeth II’s father), and Princes Henry and George – stood around their late father’s coffin, once again inside Westminster Hall.

Sunday (September 18) marks the final full day members of the public will be able to visit the Queen lying in state.

Featured image credit: PA Images / Alamy

Viewers erupt with praise for Queen's youngest grandchild, 14, as he observes vigil beside her coffin

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By stefan armitage

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Royal fans have taken to social media to praise Queen Elizabeth II's youngest grandson after he joined his sister and cousins in observing a vigil beside the late monarch's coffin.

On Saturday evening (September 17), history was made when the late queen's eight grandchildren came together to observe a 15-minute vigil around their grandmother's coffin.

Queen Elizabeth II is currently lying in state in Westminister Hall prior to her state funeral on Monday (September 19). The tradition allows members of the public to pay their respect to Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

And last night, the new Prince of Wales, William, led his brother Prince Harry and cousins Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn in a solemn vigil.

The historic moment is the very first time in British history that a monarch’s grandchildren have performed what is traditionally known as the Vigil of the Princes. The late queen's four children have performed two vigils following her death on September 8 - the most recent being on Friday.

A somber occasion, many viewers couldn't help but shower support for the Queen's youngest grandchild, James, Viscount Severn, who was undertaking the duty at the age of just 14 years old.

Dressed in a black suit and sporting what are believed to be two medals honoring the Queen's Diamond and Platinum jubilees, the young royal walked into Westminister Hall alongside his sister, Lady Louise Windsor, who is just 18 years old herself.

One amazed Twitter user wrote: "The standout for me was James, Viscount Severn. This 14yo showed such dignity and grace beyond his years. His grandparents would be so proud."

Another added: "Imagine being 14 and standing vigil besides the coffin of your grandmother. This was admirable from James, Viscount Severn."

"Extra Kudos to this young man, he is 14 & he stood there & did that, well done James, Viscount Severn," wrote a third.

And a fourth tweeted: "What ever you think of the monarchy, the lying in state and all of the rigmarole of the past 8 days. Fair play to James, Viscount Severn. Coolest name in the royal family. But only 14 years old and publicly standing guard.

"Well done young man. Well done."

Many others were also quick to highlight the fact that Lady Louise Windsor is also a teenager faced with the same daunting task, with one Twitter user writing: "Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn are incredible. What a huge ask of them at such young ages and how wonderfully they took their roles on with such dignity. Edward and Sophie must be very proud."

"My heart goes out to Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn [...] The Queen’s youngest grandchildren," wrote another.

Some even pointed out the teen's resemblance to a young Prince of Wales during the funeral of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

"James, Viscount Severn looks strikingly like a young Prince William today", one person wrote.

As the vigil took place, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn's parents - Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex - watched on from the viewing platform in Westminister Hall.

The first time the Vigil of the Princes took place was back in 1936 following the death of George V. His four sons – King Edward VIII, Prince Albert (the future King George VI and the late Queen Elizabeth II’s father), and Princes Henry and George – stood around their late father’s coffin, once again inside Westminster Hall.

Sunday (September 18) marks the final full day members of the public will be able to visit the Queen lying in state.

Featured image credit: PA Images / Alamy