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The Earl and Countess of Wessex help the public pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II

The Earl and Countess of Wessex made a surprise appearance outside of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, September 17. 

Their Royal Highnesses emerged from Buckingham Palace to greet well-wishers and thank them for their tributes and homages to Her late Majesty.

As soon as they emerged form the Palace, the crowds cheered for them, as Prince Edward & Sophie approached them for a walkabout. 

Prince Edward was heard enquiring about the provenance of a group of people; they had come from Northern Ireland, and, when the Prince asked them if they had been waiting for a long time, they all nodded and said “yes”. 

To a second group, His Royal Highness said that he wasn’t shaking any hands to avoid falling behind and to be able to speak to as many people as possible. 

He also told some crowd members that his mother “would appreciate” the number of people who are currently choosing to pay their respects, and thanked them for being there. 

Meanwhile, the Countess was being handed out dozens of flower bouquets, cards and other homages, that were then laid with the rest of the tributes in nearby Green Park. 

Following the walkabout, they traveled to Westminster Hall to support their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, as they stood vigil over their grandmother’s coffin together with their six cousins.