Fortunate To Share Last 24 Hours: Princess Anne Pays Tribute To Queen Elizabeth

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Princess Royal Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter penned a heartfelt note that paid tribute to her late mother. She had accompanied the Queen’s coffin back to Buckingham Palace from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Princess Anne paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and wrote, “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys.” She added that witnessing the people’s love and respect was “humbling and uplifting”.

She added, “We will share unique memories, I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.”

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The 72-year-old Princess Anne also said she was grateful for the support and understanding that was offered to her brother King Charles III as he took on his new responsibilities as The Monarch. She ended the tribute by saying, “To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”

On September 12, Princess Anne made history when she participated in the Vigil of the Princes and paid tribute to the Queen alongside her siblings. The late Queen’s four children performed the vigil and stood guard around the coffin at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Princess Anne joined her siblings King Charles III, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew as they symbolically stood guard around the coffin for 10 minutes. Her participation in the vigil marked the first time a woman took part in the sombre royal tradition. She represented the Royal Navy and wore her military uniform during the Vigil of the Princes.

Before the Vigil of the Princes, Princess Anne and her siblings walked behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as it arrived at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. The funeral procession began on September 11, as the Queen’s coffin left Balmoral, where she passed away, and travelled to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. As the Queen’s coffin was being carried into her official Scottish residence, Princess Anne performed a deep curtsy to pay respect to her late mother.

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