TheCountess of Wessexand her husband Prince Edward were joined by their daughterLady Louise Windsoras theythanked members of the public for their tributes to the Queenat Balmoral Castle.
Sophie Wessex, 57, and Prince Edward, 58, were accompanied by their 18 year old daughter to greet those lining the streets outside the castlefollowing a church serviceheld in honour of the lateQueen Elizabeth IIearlier on in the day.
Many members of the royal family were present for the service and to greet the public, though Sophie and Edward’s son James, Viscount Severn, were nowhere to be seen.
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There has been no official word on why James, 14, did not appear alongside his parents and older sister.
However, it's likely that Sophie and Edward made the decision in order to protect his privacy and keep him out of the spotlight.
James is still in his early teens and no doubt still coming to terms with the loss of his beloved grandmother.
Although, it is thought that James will attend the Queen's funeral, which will be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September.
Sophie was thought to have grown even closer to her late mother-in-lawlast year, following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The mum-of-two reportedly became the Queen's "rock" during the difficult time, and would regularly visit her and call her everyday.
Sophie would reportedly make the 10-mile journey from her home to Windsor Castle frequently, in order to spend time with Her Majesty.
Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe previously said: “Sophie Wessex has emerged as the Queen’s unlikely ‘rock’ as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip. Prince Edward’s wife has—according to sources—made it her personal mission to ensure Her Majesty is fully supported by the family.
“Since the Duke’s death in April, Sophie has driven the 10 miles from her Bagshot Park home to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend socially-distanced time with Her Majesty.
"And on days she can’t get there in person, the Duchess of Wessex has made a point of calling her mother-in-law at least once a day," as reported byVanity Fair.
Queen Elizabeth II was said to have had 'great affection' for her daughter-in-law, with an insider tellingThe Sun: “Edward happened to marry someone for whom his mother has great affection. Sophie is much more than a daughter-in-law, more of a daughter.”
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