Did Zara Tindall lose her shoe at the vigil?

Did Zara lose a shoe at the vigil? Royal fans speculate the royal suffered a brief hiccup as she stopped on the stairs while leaving Westminster Hall

  • Zara Tindall, 41, joined her brother and cousins for the vigil at Westminster Hall
  • On the way out, she appeared to stumble and lose her footing slightly
  • Royal fans have speculated she might have briefly lost her shoe 
  • Typically unflappable, she regained composure and left the Hall with dignity 

Zara Tindall had to pause briefly on her way out of Westminster Hall last night, prompting some royal fans to speculate that she might have lost a shoe. 

Princess Anne’s daughter joined her brother Peter Phillips and cousins Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, to stand guard over their grandmother’s coffin.

The 15-minute ceremony went off without a hitch, with the cousins seamlessly taking their positions around the coffin and leaving in formation. 

Zara Tindall had to pause briefly on her way out of Westminster Hall last night, prompting some royal fans to speculate that she might have lost a shoe. Zara was making her way up the stairs when she had to stop and bend down (as seen above) prompting her brother Peter to hold back

Zara Tindall had to pause briefly on her way out of Westminster Hall last night, prompting some royal fans to speculate that she might have lost a shoe. Zara was making her way up the stairs when she had to stop and bend down (as seen above) prompting her brother Peter to hold back

Zara Tindall joined her brother Peter Phillips and cousins Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, to stand guard over their grandmother's coffin. Pictured, with Lady Louise and Eugenie

Zara Tindall joined her brother Peter Phillips and cousins Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, to stand guard over their grandmother’s coffin. Pictured, with Lady Louise and Eugenie

But on their way up the steps to leave Westminster Hall, Zara was seen briefly stopping  and looking down at the ground.

Her brother Peter Phillips was by her side and paused briefly so that she could gather herself and continue. 

Typically unflappable, Zara did not let the moment faze her and continued on. 

Although it is impossible to see what the issue is on the ground, some royal fans have speculated that Zara lost her shoe. 

One tweeted: ‘To me it looked a bit like Zara lose a shoe on the stairs back from the vigil.’

Zara left Westminster Hall with her brother Peter Phillips (just pictured behind), following the 15-minute vigil

Zara left Westminster Hall with her brother Peter Phillips (just pictured behind), following the 15-minute vigil 

At one point Zara bent down to the ground, prompting some royal fans to speculate that she might have lost a shoe or possibly dropped something

At one point Zara bent down to the ground, prompting some royal fans to speculate that she might have lost a shoe or possibly dropped something

Another theory is that Zara dropped something, although it is not clear what that would have been. 

Another posted: ‘Suspect Zara lost her shoe there, dealt with it in good grace. Beautiful vigil.’

All eight grandchildren came together on Wednesday when Her Majesty’s coffin was brought to Westminster Hall to lie-in-state. The emotion of the moment was clear to see, with Eugenie, Beatrice and Zara all holding back tears.

Meanwhile Lady Louise, who shared a love of horses with her late grandmother, moved viewers to tears when she curtsied to the Queen’s coffin. 

Today, all eight grandchildren remained composed as they took part in the highly public ceremony. It comes ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday. 

Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Beatrice stood vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday night

Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Beatrice stood vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday night

Princess Eugenie joined her sister and cousins at the vigil

Prince Harry was permitted to wear military dress

Princess Eugenie joined her sister and cousins at the vigil (left). Right, Prince Harry was permitted to wear military dress

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)

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)

Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall looked sombre as they took part in the Vigil of the Princes on Saturday night

Zara Tindall

Princess Eugenie (left) and Zara Tindall (right) looked sombre as they took part in the Vigil of the Princes on Saturday night

Prince William and the Duke of Sussex lead their cousins into Westminster Hall for the vigil on Saturday night

Prince William and the Duke of Sussex lead their cousins into Westminster Hall for the vigil on Saturday night

Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Eugenie of York during a vigil for their grandmother in Westminster Hall on Saturday evening

Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Eugenie of York during a vigil for their grandmother in Westminster Hall on Saturday evening

Brothers William and Harry – both dressed in uniform – stood guard at the Queen’s lying in state in Westminster Hall on Saturday evening as a stream of mourners filed past after queueing for hours.

Prince Harry, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has previously been denied the chance to wear his military uniform as he publicly mourns, because he is no longer a working royal.

But royal sources said the King decided his youngest son could wear uniform for the vigil.

The brothers were joined in their silent tribute around the coffin by their cousins. 

The eight sombre grandchildren arrived at Westminster Hall where they performed a vigil at the Queen's coffin

The eight sombre grandchildren arrived at Westminster Hall where they performed a vigil at the Queen’s coffin 

Queen Elizabeth II 's grandchildren (clockwise from front centre) the Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil

Queen Elizabeth II ‘s grandchildren (clockwise from front centre) the Prince of Wales, Peter Phillips, James, Viscount Severn, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor and Zara Tindall hold a vigil

Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren arrived in Westminster just before 6pm where they will hold a 15-minute vigil

Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren arrived in Westminster just before 6pm where they will hold a 15-minute vigil

The young royals, led by Prince William, were in position at the top of the grand committee staircase in the corner of the vast hall at 5.58pm.

At 6pm, the tapping which signifies the changing of the guard sounded, and William began walking down the steps, one at a time, followed by Harry, then Beatrice and Eugenie side by side, Louise and James side by side, and Zara and Peter also side by side.

Silence fell as members of the public looked on, with the only sound being the grandchildren’s footsteps on the stone.

Prince William bows his head as he stands beside his grandmother's coffin in Westminster Hall

Prince William bows his head as he stands beside his grandmother’s coffin in Westminster Hall

The Queen's four grandchildren stand around her coffin during their own vigil, similar to the one held by their parents on Friday

The Queen’s four grandchildren stand around her coffin during their own vigil, similar to the one held by their parents on Friday

Mourners watched as the vigil was held for the Queen in Westminster Hall by her eight grandchildren on Saturday evening

Mourners watched as the vigil was held for the Queen in Westminster Hall by her eight grandchildren on Saturday evening 

Prince William was positioned at one end of the coffin, facing the north entrance, while Harry was positioned at the opposite end, facing the area of the hall where thousands of people have entered over the last few days.

The Prince of Wales stood with his hands clasped in front and his head bowed.

Louise and James’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, looked on from a platform facing the coffin.

Members of the public continued to file past while the Queen’s grandchildren stood guard, with some women wiping tears away from their face as they left the hall.

At 6.15pm, the grandchildren ended their vigil. Prince William led the group away from the coffin, followed by Zara and Peter, Louise and James, Beatrice and Eugenie, and finally Harry.

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