Princess Anne opens up about the Queen’s final 24 hours: “To my mother… thank you”

''I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother's life.''
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Princess Anne said it was “an honour and a privilege” to spend the last 24 hours of her late mother the Queen’s life with her.

In her first public statement since the Queen’s death on September 8, the Princess Royal spoke fondly of the “unique memories” she has of her mother.

“I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys,” she penned.

Princess Anne said she spent the Queen’s last 24 hours with her.

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“Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting. We will all share unique memories.”

Princess Anne, who is the Queen’s second eldest child, thanked those who shared her family’s sense of loss.

“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted,” she continued.

Princess Anne curtseyed at her mother’s coffin earlier this week.

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“I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.

“To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”

In what was part of Operation Unicorn, on Sunday, The Queen’s coffin was driven from Balmoral, her place of death, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where she will be laid to rest in the Throne room.

As the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the oak coffin into The Queen’s official Scottish residence, Princess Anne, who is 16th in line to the throne, watched on and paid tribute to her dearly departed mother.

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In an elegant fashion, Anne bowed her head and fell into what might be her last deep curtsy for her mother.

The gesture was made even more poignant by the fact it mirrored exactly how Queen Elizabeth II greeted Princess Diana’s coffin during her funeral in 1997, where she bowed her head as a sign of respect.

Princess Anne also accompanied her brothers King Charles III, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward to hold a silent vigil over their mother’s coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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