- The queen’s coffin leaves Balmoral Castle where she died
- The coffin will be taken to the Edinburgh crowd line route
- The funeral will take place on September 7. 19
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was moved from her summer home in the Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh on Sunday, in front of tens of thousands of mourners who lined the route to pay their respects. , many in somber silence, some clapping and others. in tears
Shortly after 10 a.m. (0900 GMT), a hearse carrying Elizabeth’s oaken coffin rolled out the gates of Balmoral Castle, where she died Thursday aged 96, at the start of a slow six-hour journey to the Scottish capital.
The coffin was draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland with a wreath on top made from flowers taken from the Balmoral estate, including sweet peas, a favorite of Elizabeth.
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In an emotional tribute to his mother on Friday, the new monarch, King Charles, said he had started a “last great journey” to join his husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Her death has prompted tears, sadness and warm tributes, not only from the queen’s own close family and many in Britain, but also from around the world, reflecting her presence on the world stage for seven decades.
When the hearse reached the small town of Ballater near Balmoral, hundreds stood by the roadside silently in the bright morning sun as the hearse passed, some throwing flowers onto the road.
“It’s very, very sad. I’m happy I was here to say goodbye,” said Elizabeth Alexander, 69, who was born the day the queen was crowned in 1953. read more
Accompanied by the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, the procession made its way from the remote castle through picturesque landscapes, villages and small towns, at one point passing an honor guard made up of dozens of tractors lined up in rows. adjacent fields by farmers.
It was due to arrive in Edinburgh around 4 pm (1500 GMT), where the coffin will be taken to the throne room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
“There was no way I could miss this. I would regret it for the rest of my life,” said Eilidh Mackintosh, 62, who left her home at 6 a.m. to ensure a good view of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, where large crowds were gathering.
“She never let us down and I didn’t want to let her down either. Now that she’s gone, there’s a big hole in the heart of the nation.”
Many thousands have already gathered at the royal palaces in the days after Elizabeth’s death, and great piles of flowers are piling up as people visit to pay their respects.
“I know how deeply you, the entire nation, and I think you could say the entire world, sympathize with me for the irreparable loss we have all suffered,” Charles said at a ceremony on Saturday.
Carlos became king immediately after the death of his mother and was officially proclaimed the new monarch in the ceremony, full of spectacles and centuries-old traditions. read more
Similar proclamations follow across the UK and the 14 other kingdoms of which Charles is now head of state, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. read more
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said parliament would be withdrawn on Thursday to allow members to pay tribute. read more
The queen acceded to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 2. her on October 6, 1952, when she was just 25 years old. Her coronation took place a year later.
While Elizabeth’s death was not entirely unexpected given her age and deteriorating health, there was still a sense of shock at the news.
The day of Elizabeth’s funeral will be a public holiday in Britain, authorities announced. US President Joe Biden said he would be there, although full details of the event and attendees have yet to be released.
Before that, his coffin will be flown to London and there will be a somber procession when it is later transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state for four days.
“It goes without saying that we can expect a large number of people,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss told reporters.
Truss, whose appointment as prime minister on Tuesday was the queen’s last public act, will accompany King Charles when the new head of state and prime minister visit the four-nation UK in the coming days. read more
Charles, 73, is now the 41st monarch in a line that traces its origins to Norman King William the Conqueror, who captured the English throne in 1066.
Elizabeth’s death has capped a difficult couple of years for the royal family.
The most high-profile issue involved his grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, who stepped down from royal life in 2020 to move to California, from where they both harshly criticized the institution.
That has alienated them from the rest of the family, and Harry and his older brother William are said to barely speak to each other. But the death of his grandmother has put aside the differences, as they appeared with their wives outside Windsor Castle to meet the crowd on Saturday. read more
A royal source described it as an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.
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Reporting by Michael Holden, William James and William Schomberg in London, Russell Cheyne at Balmoral, Lewis MacDonald and Marco Trujillo at Ballater, and Andrew MacAskill in Edinburgh Editing by Kate Holton, Mark Potter and Frances Kerry
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