‘We, like many, thought you’d be here forever’: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie insist it has ‘been the honour of our lives to have been your granddaughters’ as they say goodbye to their ‘dearest Grannie’ in emotional Instagram post
- Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have paid a personal tribute to the Queen, saying: ‘Goodbye dear Grannie’
- ‘Has been the honour of our lives to have been your granddaughters and we’re so very proud of you,’ they said
- According to the royal sisters, they have ‘not been able to put much into words’ since the monarch died
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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’
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi appeared visibly moved as he watched over the vigil at Westminster Hall last night, 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.’
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)
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.
Other members of the Princess Royal’s family could be seen in the stands watching, including her daughter Zara Tindall, 41, her husband and former rugby player Mike, 41, and their two eldest children Mia, eight, and Lena, four.
Other young royals present at the vigil were Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and her younger brother James, Viscount Severn, 14.
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.
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