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Speculation runs rampant as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie leave the Queen’s funeral early

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Her mother, Sarah Ferguson, also seemed keen to join them, but eventually sat back down

LONDON, ENGLAND: Royal well-wishers expressed their confusion after seeing Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie leave Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral early.

The siblings, 34 and 32, joined other members of the royal family to pay their last respects to their beloved grandmother at her state funeral at Westminister Abbey on Monday September 19. However, as the funeral service drew to a close, the duo stood and took their seats ahead of all the other royals in the congregation.

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who are known to have been very close to their grandmother, lined up at Westminster Abbey to bid farewell to Her Majesty. While Beatrice was accompanied by her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Eugenie stood off the aisle with her husband Jack Brooksbank.

However, they were then spotted leaving Westminster Abbey before the end of the service. Her mother, Sarah Ferguson, also seemed keen to join them, but eventually sat back down. The sisters’ inexplicable departure left royal fans stunned as speculation ran rampant.

A viewer asked during the live stream, “Where did Beatrice and Eugenie run to?” Another said: “What happened to Beatrice and Eugenie? They left their seats and held up the porter party…even Fergie wanted to get up and leave. Strange.”

Another tweeted: “Anybody know why Eugenie and Beatrice left in the middle of the ceremony?

The royal sisters have been visibly moved and emotionally seen in public since receiving news of their grandmother’s death. The two paid heartfelt tributes to their grandmother, the Queen, after her passing.

“Dear grandma, we couldn’t put much into words since you all left us. There were tears and laughter, silences and chatter, hugs and loneliness and a collective loss for you, our beloved queen, and our beloved grandma,” the tribute read.

It added: “We thought, like many others, that you would be here forever. And we all miss you terribly. You were our matriarch, our guide, our loving hand on our back, guiding us through this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever.”

“Right now, dear grandma, we just want to say thank you. Thank you for making us laugh, for enclosing us, for picking heather and raspberries for marching soldiers, for our teas, for comfort, for joy. You, you are you, will never know the impact you had on our family and so many people around the world. We know that dear Uncle Charles the King will continue to be your example as he too dedicated his life to service.

God save the king. With our love, Beatrice and Eugenie,” the note ended.

The funeral procession for the Queen’s coffin from Westminister Hall to Westminister Abbey began at around 10.45am. The State Gun Carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin arrived at the church just before 11am. A single toll from Big Ben signaled the start of services at Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. Her Majesty is buried in Windsor alongside her beloved husband Prince Philip and her parents, George VI and the Queen Mother.

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