James Alexander Philip Theo: Queen’s youngest grandchild was in pensive mood as he offered final farewell at funeral


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: As the Queen of England is buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel on Monday September 19, her youngest grandchild was seen attending the funeral service at Westminster Abbey. James, Viscount Severn came to the church to say goodbye to his grandmother along with his elder sister, Lady Louise Windsor.

According to The Daily Mail, both the children of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Forfar, were spotted side by side as they joined their cousin Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozz. It has been said that both James and Louise lived closer to their grandparents during their childhood than any of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s other grandchildren. The Wessexes have reportedly lived at Bagshot Park, which is just 11 miles from Windsor.

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (R) and his family (LR) James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex depart after the Princes' Vigil, where Edward and his siblings stood guard over the coffin of Mother Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (R) and his family (LR) James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex depart after the Princes’ Vigil, where Edward and his siblings stood guard over the coffin of Mother Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Both siblings have no prince and princess titles. Her mother reportedly said in 2020, “We try to raise them with the understanding that they very likely have to work for a living… So we made the decision not to use HRH titles. They have them and can choose to use them over the age of 18, but it’s highly unlikely.”

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on it leaves Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on it leaves Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The Countess also told the BBC in 2016: “When they were very young we certainly tried to keep them out of it. Just because we thought it was very important for them to grow up as normally as possible. And they need to go out and get a job and earn a living later in life, and if they’ve had a normal start in life that they can possibly get, then hopefully that will stand them in good stead.”

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It has since been said that although James largely stays away from the public spotlight, he loves attending the family’s annual summer holiday in Balmoral. The teenager is reportedly “good at flipping burgers and loved getting involved when there was a family cookout in Balmoral.”

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The Royal Navy carries the coffin on a State Gun Carriage in the procession following the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London.  She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September 2022 and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The Royal Navy carries the coffin on a State Gun Carriage in the procession following the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September 2022 and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A source apparently shared in 2019: “His enthusiasm for fly fishing delighted Her Majesty as it is a sport loved by James’ great-grandmother, the late Queen Mother. James was in the Dee as much as possible, waders up to his armpits. His mother Sophie, herself an enthusiastic fisherman, was happy to stand with him. The Balmoral Ghillies [gamekeepers] were impressed with both.”

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex leave the hospital with their new baby at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, England December 20, 2007.  The names chosen by the Earl and Countess of Wessex for their son are James Alexander Philip Theo.  (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex leave the hospital with their new baby at Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, England December 20, 2007. The names chosen by the Earl and Countess of Wessex for their son are James Alexander Philip Theo. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

The sighting of James and his 18-year-old sister came after Her Majesty blew them out for the last time on September 8. A statement from Buckingham Palace on her funeral read: “The state funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am BST. Before the state funeral, the Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay her respects.”

“After the state funeral, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch the coffin travels to Windsor, and there the State hearse travels in procession down the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. A commitment service will follow at St George’s Chapel,” he added.

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