·Freelance news writer, Yahoo UK
Sun, 11 September 2022 at 10:21 am
Thousands of well-wishers have lined the streets as the Queen’s coffin began its journey to its final resting place.
The cortege left Balmoral Castle, where Her Majesty died aged 96 on Thursday, for the last time at 10am on Sunday.
In bright sunshine, the hearse carrying the late monarch passed through the gates of the royal residence, which was the summer refuge for the former head of state.
As part of the six-hour, 180-mile journey to Edinburgh, it first headed to the nearby town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, where many locals considered her a neighbour.
Well-wishers who had waited patiently for the opportunity to pay their respects bowed their heads, while others saluted as the hearse drove slowly by.
Flowers were also thrown into the hearse’s path by people on both sides of the road.
The town’s minister said there was “overwhelming emotion” given the Queen had been coming to Balmoral since she was a girl.
Reverend David Barr said: “As you stand here today and you watch Her Majesty pass, that will be very tangible and be very real for people, and I think that will bring on an overwhelming amount of emotion.”
Margaret MacKenzie, from Inverness, said of the procession: “It was very dignified. It was nice to see that a lot of people came out to support and pay their respects.”
Elizabeth Alexander, who gathered in Ballater with her two daughters and three grandchildren, said: “She’s the kind of person we should all be, but sometimes fail to be.”
Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes as she considered what she had just seen. “It was very emotional. It was respectful and showed what they think of the Queen.”
The cortege was set to pass through Aberdeen and Dundee before arriving in the Scottish capital at about 4pm.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon and other political leaders are expected to observe the coffin as it goes past the Scottish Parliament. From there it will be taken into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will remain for the night.
In a tweet, Sturgeon said: “Today, as she makes her journey to Edinburgh, Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman.”
Where will the Queen’s coffin go in the following days?
On Monday, the Queen’s coffin will be taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 2.35pm in procession to St Giles’ Cathedral, where it will be carried inside at 2.55pm.
The King and Queen, Charles and Camilla, along with members of the Royal Family, will follow the procession on foot before attending a service of reflection for the life of the Queen in the cathedral at 3pm.
At 5pm on Tuesday, the Queen’s coffin will travel by road from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport, where it will be flown to London, departing at 6pm.
After arriving at RAF Northolt at 6.55pm, the coffin will be driven to Buckingham Palace. Its arrival at 8pm will be witnessed by the King and Queen Consort, with other members of the Royal Family.
On Wednesday, Charles and Camilla, with other members of the Royal Family, will lead a procession behind the late Queen’s coffin.
It will leave Buckingham Palace, carried on a gun carriage to the Palace of Westminster, at 2.22pm and arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm.
After a short service the Queen’s lying in state will begin, lasting for four days and ending on the morning of the state funeral on Monday, 19 September.
At 10.44am the Queen’s coffin will be taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey in central London, where her state funeral will take place at 11am.
After the service, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. From Wellington Arch, the coffin will travel to Windsor.
Once there, the hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a Committal Service will take place in the chapel.