Elizabeth's four children around the coffin (VIDEO)

A ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes

30168CC9 9327 480D 8C23 DF5D71F45348

Shocking are the images from Edinburgh with thousands of Britons waiting in the streets to pay tribute to their beloved Queen Elizabeth.

However, the moment at the Queen's vigil in which her four children stood around the coffin at St Giles' Cathedral was also shocking.

At each corner of the coffin stood King Charles III, Princess Royal Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward with bowed heads in a ceremony known as the Princes' Vigil.

After the eulogy in Edinburgh Cathedral, the popular pilgrimage to the body of Elizabeth II began tonight.

The Queen's funeral is scheduled for September 19.

Watch video: