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The Royal Family and Guardsmen | Prince Harry | Lady Louise | Queen Elizabeth II | Source: Getty Images
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Queen Elizabeth’s 8 Mourning Grandkids Reunite in Tearful Service - 2 Have Previously Rejected Titles

Gaone Pule
Sep 16, 2022
05:35 P.M.
  • Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren made a rare appearance together to mourn her in a show of unity.

  • The royal cousins could not hold back their emotions during the service.

  • Among those present was the monarch's favorite grandchild.

  • The Queen's grandkids think fondly of her, although two refused to accept royal titles.

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The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has left a massive hole in not only her four children but her eight grandchildren, who were fond of her. During the last months of her life, the royal matriarch was close with two of her youngest grandkids, Lady Louise and Viscount James, who do not have royal titles.

Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren attended a service honoring her on September 14, 2022, held at Westminster Hall.

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Peter Phillips watch the horses in the parade ring on Day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2014 in Ascot, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Peter Phillips watch the horses in the parade ring on Day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2014 in Ascot, England | Source: Getty Images

The longest-reigning monarch passed away on September 8, 2022, at age 96. Her Majesty died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she usually spent her annual holiday.

The Queen's grandkids, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, and James Viscount Severn, were present to pay their last respects to the royal matriarch.

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Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Her grandsons, Peter Phillips, Prince William, and Prince Harry, joined the procession as the sovereign's coffin left Buckingham Palace.

Princesses, Beatrice, and Eugenie's husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and James Brooksbank, were also there to support them.

Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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The Royal Family Channel posted a video on YouTube of the royal sisters making their way into Buckingham Palace in separate Range Rovers while seated in the front. At the same time, their spouses sat in the backseats.

Royal correspondent Charlie Proctor revealed on Twitter that Princess Margaret's two children – Lady Sarah Chatto and Earl Snowdon, would also receive the Queen's coffin at Buckingham Palace alongside her children, grandchildren, and their spouses.

On September 14, 2022, Tatler Magazine tweeted that Her Majesty's youngest grandchildren, "Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn joined the throngs of mourners at Westminster Hall this afternoon."

James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

During the service, the grandchildren could not hold back their emotions as they appeared to tear up. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who was photographed standing beside his wife, Meghan Markle, seemed to wipe away tears with his head bowed.

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His cousin, Princess Eugenie, was photographed alongside Tindall and appeared to be holding back tears as well.

Zara Phillips looks tearful outside the gates of Balmoral Castle on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland | Source: Getty Images

Zara Phillips looks tearful outside the gates of Balmoral Castle on September 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland | Source: Getty Images

Her youngest cousin, Lady Louise, who stood next to her brother, with Princess Beatrice on the far left, was also photographed as she wiped her eyes. The Queen's eldest granddaughter, Tindall, seemed tearful while standing outside the gates of Balmoral Castle on September 10, 2022.

The Queen formed a close bond with her grandchildren and made a long-lasting impact on their lives. They all have memories with her as they bonded with her differently.

The Queen's Strong Bond with Her Grandchildren

Per E! Online, Prince William told Katie Couric in 2012 that the monarch was a "good listener," adding she would lend a helping hand wherever she could:

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"She listens. She's a very good listener, so if you ever have problems, you can share them with her, and she will listen and try to help."

That said, the Prince of Wales explained that although the Queen was there to help, she also embraced the fact that each one was on their own journey.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William attend The Ceremony of the Keys at The Palace Of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William attend The Ceremony of the Keys at The Palace Of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland | Source: Getty Images

Per Harper's Bazaar, that point was proven when Her Majesty told her grandson, Prince Harry, that she "would always support him" no matter what direction he decided to take after stepping down as a senior royal member.

The Queen also had a special relationship with Princess Beatrice. She supported her during her wedding preparations with Mapelli Mozzi, whom the princess wed in July 2020 at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

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The monarch allowed the Princess of York to wear the Queen Mary fringe tiara, which she also wore at her wedding – and Beatrice repurposed a gown the sovereign wore in the 1950s to wear as a wedding dress.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attending the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attending the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

When Princess Beatrice gave birth to her first child, a daughter, she named her after Her Majesty, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi. Sienna was born in September 2021.

An insider previously told People that the princess talked a lot about her grandmother and that their bond was undeniable.

Princess Beatrice and Queen Elizabeth II attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Beatrice and Queen Elizabeth II attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England | Source: Getty Images

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In addition, among the eight grandkids, the Queen reportedly had her favorite, and it is Lady Louise, followed closely by her brother, James Viscount.

The royal siblings spent a lot of time with the monarch at Balmoral Castle, where the royal matriarch died. Per Express, a source revealed to The Sun in 2019 that the Queen loved that the brother and sister duo enjoyed their time at Balmoral.

According to The Mirror, Lady Louise made a public appearance in 2021 to commemorate her late grandfather Prince Philip in a BBC documentary.

Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Edward, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Princess Royal wave after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Edward, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Princess Royal wave after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

She spoke about how the Duke of Edinburgh inspired her, sharing that he taught her how to drive, which was delightful:

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"It's incredible to have learned first-hand from him and definitely made us closer, I think."

The young royal's grandmother had been generous too when she offered royal titles to her eldest grandchildren.

Why Peter Phillips & Zara Tindall Don't Have Royal Titles

The Queen's eldest grandchild is Peter, who, unlike some of the Royal Family members, is less popular. He is the son of Princess Anne and her former husband, Mark Phillips.

While the royal's younger cousins have titles, he does not have one. Peter was born in November 1977, and at the time of his birth, he was fifth in line to the throne. Still, he did not receive his birthright title.

Per Express, sons of the monarch's children are given titles, meaning Peter was not automatically eligible for a title. However, his grandmother made an exception to this rule when she offered his father, Mark, a title upon his marriage to Princess Anne, but he refused it.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on November 14, 1973 in London | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on November 14, 1973 in London | Source: Getty Images

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The same instance occurred when the Queen reportedly offered Peter a title, but his parents turned down the offer. Moreover, Princess Anne also refused for her daughter Tindall to have a title.

Princess Anne shared her reasons for turning down titles for her children during an interview with Vanity Fair once, saying it was the best decision for them:

"I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles."

Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips and Queen Elizabeth II watch the racing from the Royal Box as they attend day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2007 in Ascot, England | Source: Getty Images

Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips and Queen Elizabeth II watch the racing from the Royal Box as they attend day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2007 in Ascot, England | Source: Getty Images

Out of the Queen's eight grandchildren, only four have HRH titles. Prince Edward, the monarch's youngest child, also refused to use Prince and Princess titles for his brood.

The Earl of Wessex and his wife, Sophia, Countess of Wessex, have previously expressed the need to provide their two children some normality. Hence, their daughter is Lady Louise Windsor, and their son is James, Viscount Severn.

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