Princess BeatriceAnd Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi joined the royal family to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at the late monarch’s state funeral on Monday, September 19.
Like most of the young parents among her family, Beatrice, 34 — who is also an Italian contessa after marrying Mozzi in July 2020 — did not bring her children to the somber event. She and her husband, 38, welcomed daughter Sienna in September 2021, and Mozzi shares son Christopher, 6, with ex-fiancée Dara Huang.
After her sister’s lead, the twosome arrived at Westminster Abbey together. Princess EugenieAnd he is his husband. Jack BrooksbankThey were seated in their respective seats. Beatrice and Mozzi, for their part, were seated next to her cousinPrince HarryHe and his wife. Meghan Markle. On the pair’s other side sat cousins Lady Louise WindsorAnd James, Viscount Severn.
The queen’s state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey in London. Her coffin was taken to The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where she died on September 8, and then to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. She returned to England last week.
On Wednesday, September 14, the queen’s casket was transferred with a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. The royal family — including Prince GeorgeAnd Princess Charlotte — accompanied her coffin to Westminster Hall, where a brief service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.
King Charles IIIAssist with Queen Consort CamillaHis younger siblings stood by him. Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, Beatrice’s father, were followed by Prince EdwardHe and his wife. Sophie, Countess from Wessex. Following the late regent’s children were Charles’ sons, Prince WilliamYour wife Princess KateAndPrince HarryYour wife Meghan Markle.
Those who were further from the throne were farther back from the coffin. Beatrice stood beside her husband, Prince Eugenie, and quietly wiped away tears throughout the service. The Wednesday service began the queen’s sitting in state period, which allowed for the public to pay their respects personally.
The royals have been open about how the late monarch’s passing has been quite emotional. While greeting well-wishers with the king, 73, in Belfast, Ireland, on Tuesday, September 13, Camilla, 76, stopped to speak with a woman who said, “You’re doing an amazing job.” Camilla, replied, “We’re doing our best,” per a video uploaded by an onlooker.
The new Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales are similarly open. “William said he thinks Monday [the queen’s funeral] will be hard,” well-wisher Bex Neeve said on Thursday.
“[Kate] said it’s been overwhelming and she and William are very grateful for everyone being here. She was emotional,” Reeve continued. “They seemed like they were here to soak up all the love.”
While speaking in front of the Ascension Council on Saturday, Charles continued to mourn the “most sorrowful” loss of his mother. “I know how deeply you, the entire nation — and I think I may say the whole world — sympathize with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered,” he said. “It is the greatest consolation to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister, [Princess Anne]My brothers and I, [Prince Andrew and Prince Edward], and that such overwhelming affection and support should be extended to our whole family in our loss.”
Beatrice and Eugenie broke their silence on Saturday, September 10, before they stood vigil by her coffin with the late sovereign’s other grandchildren in Westminster Hall. They wrote a long and thoughtful letter to their grandmother.
“The world mourns you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are all too true of the remarkable leader you are,” they wrote. “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.”
They’ll say their final goodbyes on Monday in Windsor. After a procession departing Westminster Abbey, the coffin will travel to St George’s Chapel for a final service, and the queen will be laid to rest in a tomb alongside her late husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at age 99.