Royal fans have expressed their confusion after Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie appeared to leave the Queen’s funeral early.
The siblings, 34 and 32, were known to be incredibly close to their grandmother, Her late Majesty, and have been spotted looking emotional in public since she passed away on 8 September.
Today they stood in the second row of Westminster Abbey as their ‘Grannie’ was laid to rest in a state funeral this morning. While Beatrice stood next to her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Eugenie was across the aisle next to her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie looked emotional as they stood outside Westminster Abbey despite appearing to leave the service early
Royal fans wondered what was happening as the princesses appeared to leave the service early – but others thought they were just taking their places to curtsey to the Queen’s coffin
However royal fans notice an unusual detail towards the end of the highly-rehearsed service when the siblings appeared to get up and leave Westminster Abbey before the end of the service.
They also noticed the girls’ mother, Sarah Ferguson, who also looked poised to leave with her daughters.
The apparent oddity in the otherwise slick state funeral confused some royal fans, who took to Twitter to ask what was happening.
One viewer asked: ‘Where did Beatrice and Eugenie run off to?’
Another said: ‘What happened with Beatrice and Eugenie? They left their seats and held up the bearer party… even Fergie was going to get up and leave. Strange.’
Beatrice and Eugenie got in the car where they followed the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin along Whitehall
The princesses looked solemn as they sat together in apparent silence following the coffin of their grandmother
Brave faces: The sisters appeared to put on subtle smiles as their car travelled among crowds following the procession behind the Queen’s coffin
Beatrice and Eugenie followed behind the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it left Westminster Abbey
The sisters were not joined by their partners, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, who had accompanied them during the funeral service
Eugenie looked incredibly solemn while they travelled behind the late monarch’s coffin as it left Westminster Abbey
Eugenie appeared to bite her lip through emotion as she travelled out of Westminster Abbey with her sister, Beatrice
Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, bowed her head in a rare display of emotion after remaining stoic throughout the funeral service
Princess Beatrice waved to crowds as she left Westminster Abbey in the car as part of the procession following the funeral of Her late Majesty
Princess Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne, looked serious as she took part in the ceremonial procession behind the Queen’s coffin
Beatrice looked straight ahead as she took part in the procession behind her grandmother’s coffin following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey
The sisters, who are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, looked sombre as they walked out of Westminster Abbey
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie left Westminster Abbey after the state funeral service of their beloved ‘grannie’ before getting into the car to follow the procession behind her coffin
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie remained stoic as crowds gathered outside Westminster Abbey before the Queen’s coffin was led away
The princesses looked serious after leaving Westminster Abbey following the state funeral of Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
The Princesses’ attention was grabbed as they watched over their grandmother’s coffin before following it in the procession from Westminster Abbey
However another eagle-eyed royal fan may have offered an explanation for why the sisters got up from their seats before the other guests.
They wrote that the princesses may have got up to walk to the doors of the Abbey where they could curtsey to the Queen’s coffin before they left and got in the car to leave.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie posted a heartfelt tribute to their grandmother the Queen following her passing.
In a statement from both sisters and posted on Eugenie’s Twitter account, they said:
‘Dearest Grannie, We’ve not been able to put much into words since you left us all. 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.
The sisters took a moment to overlook their beloved Grannie’s coffin after the service while Meghan Markle, Queen Consort Camilla, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Sophie Wessex stood in front
The Princesses rejoined their family on the steps outside Westminster Abbey as they looked over the Queen’s coffin before it was led away
Princess Beatrice sang alongside her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they stood in the second row during the service
Beatrice stood just behind her father Prince Andrew, the second son of the Queen and Prince Philip, throughout the funeral service
Beatrice could be seen behind Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, Queen Consort Camilla and King Charles III, who looked incredibly emotional as he looked at his mother’s coffin
The royal family stood as they sang a hymn at the funeral service of Her late Majesty the Queen, with Princess Beatrice in the second row
The Queen’s youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, walked behind their cousins and the Queen’s other grandchildren
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie walked alongside their spouses, Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and behind cousin Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall, as they entered Westminster Abbey
Last night, the sisters attended a vigil at Westminster Hall. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi appeared visibly moved as he watched over the vigil next to Princess Eugenie (centre) and Princess Beatrice (right)
The royal sisters shared a sweet image of themselves with their ‘dearest Grannie’, as they paid tribute to Her Majesty with a moving statement
In the statement, the princesses said they’ve ‘not been able to put much into words since you left us all’
Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Beatrice stood vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday night
Pictured: Princess Eugenie (back left), Princess Beatrice (back right), James, Viscount Severn (centre left), Lady Louise Windsor (centre right), Peter Phillips (front left) and Zara Tindall (front right)
‘We, like many, thought you’d be here forever. And we all miss you terribly. 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.
‘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. You, being you, will never know the impact you have had on our family and so many people around the world.
‘The world mourns you and the tributes would really make you smile. They are all too true of the remarkable leader you are.
‘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. With our love, Beatrice and Eugenie.’
They also posted a photo of themselves as young girls smiling with the Queen while making a fuss of a dog.
On Saturday evening the sisters joined with their cousins Prince William, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, to attend a vigil paying tribute to their beloved grandmother.
The Queen’s grandchildren stood around her coffin to ‘guard’ it in silence as she was lying in state in Westminster Hall while members of the public filed past.
The vigil followed two similar ceremonies carried out by the Queen’s children the previous day at Westminster Hall and several days earlier at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Dressed in black and wearing black headbands, they stood in silence and bowed their heads as they took part in the vigil, which until now had been reserved for male members of the Royal Family.