GLASGOW — Queen Elizabeth II’s ultimate journey started on Sunday when her coffin was moved from Balmoral Fortress, on the nation property the place she died, in the beginning of a six-hour procession to Edinburgh, which would be the focus of Scotland’s farewell to its monarch.
The oak coffin was carried from the fortress’s ballroom to a ready hearse by six gamekeepers from the Balmoral property, the place the queen spent her summer time holidays and for which she had a deep and lengthy affection.
The departure from Balmoral, a distant outpost within the dramatic Scottish countryside, started a interval throughout which Britons will have the ability to pay respects to the queen earlier than her funeral on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey in London.
On Sunday, tens of 1000’s of individuals had been anticipated to look at the hearse because it makes its method slowly from Balmoral, through Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth, earlier than the procession is scheduled to reach at 4 p.m. on the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the royal household’s Edinburgh residence.
The truth that Queen Elizabeth spent her ultimate days at Balmoral has underscored her shut ties to Scotland, which, for 2 days, would be the central level of nationwide mourning.
When it arrives in Edinburgh, the coffin can be greeted by a guard of honor and obtained with a royal salute earlier than army bearers will carry it to the palace’s throne room.
On Monday afternoon, members of the royal household are anticipated to accompany the coffin as it’s moved alongside the Royal Mile to close by St. Giles’ Cathedral. There, after a non secular service, the queen’s coffin will relaxation to permit folks to pay their respects. On Tuesday, it will likely be flown to London, the place there can be extra alternatives for Britons to bid farewell to their monarch earlier than her funeral.
Outdoors Balmoral, the place a gentle stream of tourists have been paying their respects since Thursday, well-wishers have left bouquets of flowers and messages. In Edinburgh, the authorities have erected limitations alongside the Royal Mile, the route the coffin will tackle Monday between the Palace of Holyroodhouse and St. Giles Cathedral.