Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth of England as the hearse arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 11, 2022.
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Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday after traveling six hours from her summer home in the Highlands of Scotland. Tens of thousands of mourners lined the route, many in solemn silence, clapping and weeping.
Shortly after 10am (0900 GMT), a hearse carrying Elizabeth’s oak coffin emerged from the gates of Balmoral Castle. She died Thursday at the start of a slow drive to the Scottish capital at the age of 96.
The coffin was lined with the Royal Standard of Scotland and topped with a wreath made of flowers taken from the Balmoral estate, including sweet peas, one of Elizabeth’s favorites.
A crowd of about 15 people gathered in the center of Edinburgh to welcome the procession, including the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne.
Soldiers of the Royal Scottish Regiment then carry the coffin to the palace’s throne room, where it rests overnight.
“I couldn’t let this go. I will regret it for the rest of my life,” said Elid McIntosh, 62. were gathering.
“She never let us down and I didn’t want to let her down. Now she’s gone and there’s a huge hole in the heart of the country.”
The trip from Balmoral was the first in a chain of events leading up to his state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on 19 September.
People watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth of England on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. September 11, 2022.
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On Friday, the new monarch, King Charles, paid tribute to his mother as he embarked on a “last great journey” to join his husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Her death drew tears, grief and warm tributes from all over the world, as well as from the Queen’s own close family and many in Britain.
Wherever the cortege went, winding its way through picturesque countryside, villages, small towns and cities, people lined the roads or parked their cars outside to take a look. At one point we passed a guard of honor formed by dozens of tractors lined up in adjacent fields by farmers.
Many people watched quietly in the bright sunlight. Some people threw flowers on the road. For others, the emotion of the moment moved them to tears. Elizabeth Alexander, 69, born on the day the Queen was crowned in 1953, said: “I am very, very sad and glad I was here to say goodbye to her.
Thousands of people continue to flock to other royal palaces across Britain, and large piles of flowers gather when people come to pay their respects.
Charles became king shortly after his mother’s death and officially proclaimed himself the new monarch in a ceremony on Saturday.
Similar declarations follow in the UK and 14 other territories where Charles is now head of state, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said parliament will be recalled on Thursday so members can pay their respects.
The Queen took the throne after her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25. She said that one year after her coronation took place.
Elizabeth’s death wasn’t entirely unexpected given her age and deteriorating health, but the news still came as a shock.
“We all thought she was invincible,” her grandson, Prince William, now heir to the throne, told the favorable crowd when he met a crowd at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Told.
Officials have announced that the day of Elizabeth’s funeral will fall on a British public holiday. US President Joe Biden said he would attend, but details of the event and who will be attending have yet to be announced.
Before that, her coffin will be flown to London and moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where it will rest for four days.
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Liz Truss told reporters: “It goes without saying that a large crowd is expected.”
Truss, whose appointment as prime minister on Tuesday was the Queen’s last public engagement, will travel to four UK countries over the next few days as both new head of state and prime minister, along with King Charles.
Charles, 73, is the 41st monarch in a lineage that traces its origins to the Norman King William the Conqueror, who seized the English throne in 1066.
Elizabeth’s death capped a difficult few years for the royal family.
The most high-profile issue concerns grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who resigned from royal life and moved to California in 2020, both of whom have strongly criticized the institution.
Harry and his brother William are said to rarely speak. But the death of his grandmother set aside differences as he showed up with his wife to meet the crowd outside Windsor Castle on Saturday.
A royal source described it as an important show of unity during an incredibly difficult time for the family.