Princess Anne is reflecting on the last 24 hours she shared with her mother, Queen Elizabeth II before she passed away on Sept. 8 at the age of 96.
She released the statement Tuesday, calling it an honor and a privilege to be with her mother in her final moments, while also signaling support to her brother King Charles III.
Princess Anne Reflects On The ‘Last 24 Hours’ With Her Mother, The Queen
“I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting,” the statement read.
“We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and everyone who shares our sense of loss,” she continued.
“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.”
Anne signed the statement, “To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”
The 72-year-old is the second child of Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
When the queen’s coffin arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Sept. 11, Anne honored her mother by curtsying beside her husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, whom she married in 1992.
Elizabeth’s sons Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58, along with Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 57, joined Anne in mourning in Edinburgh, Scotland.
When her mother’s coffin was laid in state at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Anne made history by participating in a symbolic watch over the coffin. In fact, Anne became the first woman to participate in the royal tradition, per NBC royal expert and commentator Daisy McAndrew.
She, along with King Charles and Princes Andrew and Edward, joined the Royal Company of Archers in the Vigil of the Princes on Sept. 12, which runs for about 10 minutes to symbolically guard the coffin.
Photos showed that Charles stood near the head of the coffin wearing a kilt, while Anne and Edward were dressed in their military uniforms. Andrew wore a suit. Queen Consort Camilla and Sophie watched the ceremony from the side, per Sky News.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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