Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have paid a personal tribute to the Queen, saying: ‘Goodbye dear Grannie, it has been the honour of our lives to have been your granddaughters and we’re so very proud of you.’
According to the royal sisters – who posted the tribute on Instagram alongside a sweet photograph of their younger selves with their grandmother – they have ‘not been able to put much into words’ since the monarch died at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96.
The Duke of York’s daughters, who are both thought to have shared a close relationship with their grandmother, thanked Her Majesty, saying she would ‘never know’ the impact she’d had on their lives.
They also paid tribute to King Charles, their uncle, writing that they know he ‘will continue to lead in your example as he too has dedicated his life to service’.
The royal sisters shared a sweet image of themselves with their ‘dearest Grannie’, as they paid tribute to Her Majesty with a moving statement
In the statement, the princesses said they’ve ‘not been able to put much into words since you left us all’
Last night, the sisters attended a vigil at Westminster Hall. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi appeared visibly moved as he watched over the vigil next to Princess Eugenie (centre) and Princess Beatrice (right)
In the statement, Beatrice and Eugenie said: ‘Dearest Grannie, We’ve not been able to put much into words since you left us all. There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved Queen and our beloved Grannie.
‘We, like many, thought you’d be here forever. And we all miss you terribly. You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our backs leading us through this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever.
‘For now dear Grannie, all we want to say is thank you. Thank you for making us laugh, for including us, for picking heather and raspberries, for marching soldiers, for our teas, for comfort, for joy. You, being you, will never know the impact you have had on our family and so many people around the world.
‘The world mourns you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are all too true of the remarkable leader you are.
‘We’re so happy you’re back with Grandpa. Goodbye dear Grannie, it has been the honour of our lives to have been your granddaughters and we’re so very proud of you.
‘We know that dear Uncle Charles, the King, will continue to lead in your example as he too has dedicated his life to service.
‘God save the King. With our love, Beatrice and Eugenie.’
Members of the public filed past Her late Majesty’s coffin while her children stood around in silence with their heads to the floor to pay their respects
Members of the royal family watched on during the Vigil of Princes in Westminster Hall. Pictured L-R: James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall, Mia Tindall, Lena Tindall
The two sisters have been seen looking emotional as they’ve attended public engagements in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death.
Last night, they attended a vigil at Westminster Hall in London, which saw the Queen’s children – King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – repeat the ceremonial Vigil of Princes that they first carried out at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh as the Queen lies in state.
As they stood around the casket, other members of the royal family, including Queen Consort Camilla, watched in solemn silence from the stands.
As Andrew, 62, who served in the Falklands, wore the uniform and stood around his mother’s coffin, his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie watched their father pay his respects.
They were joined by Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, who appeared visibly moved by the vigil and put his hand to his face, as if he was wiping away tears.
Peter Phillips pictured in the stands alongside his daughters Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips
Also in the stands watching the vigil were Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, who had served as the Queen’s equerry from 1986 and developed a close relationship with Her late Majesty.
Sir Tim has been by the Princess Royal’s side since her mother passed away on 8 September, accompanying Anne in the car journey from the Balmoral Estate to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh behind the Queen’s coffin.
Her son Peter Phillips, 44, was also present, with his two daughters Savannah and Isla.
The young girls, who had their hair tied back in French plaits, leaned over the edge of the stands to get a better look at what was happening below.
Other young royals present at the vigil were Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and her younger brother James, Viscount Severn, 14.
Members of the public who witnessed the ceremony had been queueing for hours outside in a line that stretches all the way back to Southwark Park
King Charles (pictured forefront), Princess Anne (right) Prince Andrew (back centre) and Prince Edward (back left) entered Westminster Hall to stand guard over their mother’s coffin in a ceremonial Vigil of Princes
Prince Andrew (back left) was allowed to wear his military uniform to take part in the ceremony after wearing a suit for a similar vigil in Edinburgh on Monday evening
Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, was permitted to wear his military uniform as he paid his respects to his mother, after King Charles lifted a ban on the Duke of York donning the outfit as he is no longer a working royal
Prince Edward’s children were accompanied by Sophie Wessex, 57, whom it was announced will receive many of the Queen’s former royal patronages following her death.
Sophie appeared to be fighting back tears last Saturday as she stepped outside the Balmoral Estate to look at tributes and messages of condolence that had been left by members of the public to the late monarch.
The mother-of-two was said to have an incredibly close relationship with her mother-in-law and referred to her as ‘mama’ – and royal sources told the Mirror she was likely to become patron of the Women’s Institute and Dog’s Trust.
As the Queen’s grandchildren including Zara Tindall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie attended the vigil, King Charles’s children Prince William and Prince Harry did not appear to be in attendance.
Members of the public were still able to pass by as the Vigil of Princes took place inside Westminster Hall
Members of the Royal Family watched from nearby stands as the Queen’s children held another vigil over her coffin
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla depart Westminster Hall after holding vigil over the late Queen’s coffin
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, his wife Sophie and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, leave Westminster Hall
However the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex are expected to attend another, first-of-its-kind vigil to pay their respects to their grandmother at Westminster Hall tonight, in which they will be joined by their cousins.
The partners of each of the Queen’s grandchildren are not expected to attend, but in another gesture of respect from King Charles, Harry will be allowed to wear his military uniform despite no longer being a working royal.
Harry and William will be joined by their cousins, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, the children of the Princess Royal.
The Duke of York’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, will also attend – while the Earl of Wessex’s children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, will stand near the middle of their grandmother’s coffin.
The vigil is expected to last around 15 minutes.