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King Charles to lead siblings in vigil over Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall

Poignant ceremony on Friday will come amid busy time for new king with meetings with heads of state and military chiefs

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Among the most poignant of ceremonies before the Queen’s state funeral will be the vigil of princes on Friday evening, when the King and his siblings will stand watch over her coffin during her official lying in state.

The King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex will mount guard at the four corners of the catafalque in Westminster Hall for the 15-minute vigil. All will be in military uniform, including Prince Andrew, who as a non-working royal has been granted dispensation to wear uniform for this most personal of gestures.

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