Queen Elizabeth's children unite for historic vigil beside her casket

Queen Elizabeth's children unite for historic vigil beside her casket

King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward came together to conduct the Vigil of the Princes.

The siblings stood beside their mother's casket which was draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland and the Crown of Scotland.

The royals joined the Royal Company of Archers, who will guard the Queen's casket around the clock during its time in St Giles.

King Charles sported a Scottish kilt and  took a spot of significance at the head of the coffin.

Charles' wife Queen Camilla and Edward's wife Sophie sat nearby during the vigil.

This ritual has been performed only twice before in British history, first for the Queen's grandfather, King George V, in 1936.

It was also done during the Queen Mother's funeral events in 2002.

The Vigil of the Princes marks the second time Charles, Andrew and Edward have ceremoniously protected a casket as it laid in state.