Royal fans praise Queen’s youngest grandchild, 14, for ‘bravery’ during vigil

Royal fans have expressed their sympathy for the Queen's youngest grandson, James Viscount Severn, as he took part in his grandmother's vigil at Westminster Hall.

People were quick to point out how mature he was while undertaking his first royal duty at age 14.

Others remarked on his likeness to Prince William and Prince Harry, during Princess Diana's funeral.

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Elizabeth II's grandchildren held the vigil at just after 6pm, which involved them standing around her coffin as a way of paying their respects.

Prince William and Prince Harry, who were both dressed in their military uniform, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn were all in attendance.

Members of the public filed past the vigil to pay their respects to the Queen's casket, which has also been broadcast on television.

Many have taken to social media to note how James looked solemn while guarding the coffin, his head down looking at the ground, and to commend him for his bravery for stepping up at a young age.

One fan wrote on Twitter: "Absolute huge respect to #ViscountSevern at just 14 years old, stood vigil at his grandmothers #QueenElizabeth coffin, showing absolute respect, loyalty and dignity under the harsh scrutiny of the public. #princeEdward & #countessofWessex have every reason to be proud."

Another typed: "Well done James Viscount Severn!! Very brave thing to do I doubt I could have done it at 14. Your grandmother would be very proud of you."

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Others said that the vigil brought back memories of Princess Diana's funeral, with one commenting: "It is honestly quite harrowing seeing viscount Severn who is 14 years old taking part in a vigil along side his cousins over queen Elizabeth’s coffin it is giving me Prince Harry vibes walking behind princess Diana’s coffin all those years ago."

Another said: "That grandchildren vigil has brought back memories of saying goodbye to my own grandma. Don’t think I’d have wanted to stand there so publically. The youngest grandson, Viscount Severn, was especially brave. I guess it brings back memories of Diana’s funeral for William & Harry (sad face emoji)."


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