Princess Beatrice, 34, and Princess Eugenie, 32, have paid tribute to their “dearest Grannie” Queen Elizabeth, releasing a joint statement ahead of her funeral at Westminster Hall on Monday.
The two sisters remembered “their matriarch” and “guide” in a shared statement posted to Princess Eugenie’s Instagram on Saturday.
“Our dearest Grannie, We’ve not been able to put much into words since you left us all,” the royal siblings wrote.
“There have been tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness, and a collective loss for you, our beloved Queen and our beloved Grannie.
“You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our backs leading us through this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever,” the sisters said.
“For now dear Grannie, all we want to say is thank you. Thank you for making us laugh, for including us, for picking heather and raspberries, for marching soldiers, for our teas, for comfort, for joy.
“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.
“We know that dear Uncle Charles, the King, will continue to lead in your example as he too has dedicated his life to service. God save the King.”
The two daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York released the touching tribute before taking part in a special vigil with the Queen’s eight grandchildren at Westminster Hall on Saturday.
Prince William – the first in line to the throne -lead Prince Harry, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, Peter Williams, James Viscount Severn, Prince Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in the 15-minute silent vigil around the late monarch’s coffin.
Her funeral, which will be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 11am local time, is set to be one of the largest gatherings of royalty and politicians hosted in the UK for decades.