Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry will join prayers for Queen Elizabeth II this evening, appearing in military uniform alongside their grandmother as she lays in state at Westminster Hall. Their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle won’t be by their side – but it’s not a snub. Only the Queen’s grandchildren are required to participate, as children of Queen Elizabeth II did during a vigil on Friday night. Every Hi!The family decided that the grandchildren would show up without their partner, so both Kate and Meghan would stay at their home in Windsor.
On Saturday, William, Harry, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn will stand by the Queen’s coffin for 15 minutes. Only William and Harry will appear in uniform at the request of King Charles III, according to Hi!, because they were the only veterans in the group. The remaining grandchildren will wear “decorated morning coats and evening gowns,” the store writes.
All members of the royal family will attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Both Harry and William have released statements of their own sharing how much their relationship with their grandmother means to them.
Harry wrote in his, “Madam, while this last parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with her, until meeting her for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, the moment you meet my beloved wife and hug your beloved grandchildren. I cherish the times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You have been missed so much, not only by us, but by the whole world. “
William was also touched by the importance of her in his remarks, saying: “She was by my side in my happiest moments,” he said. “And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I know this day will come, but there will come a time when the reality of life without Grannie really feels real. I thank her for the kindness she has shown my family and me.”
Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royalty (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at In style and Around the world. When she’s not working, she enjoys running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd photos of her, and exploring New York City.