The Queen Leaves Scotland for the Final Time and Returns to Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty The Queen left Scotland for the final time in the present day.  

And returned to England.  

Today’s journey started in Edinburgh, as Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence returned to St. Giles’ Cathedral to accompany the coffin to the airport. This coincided with the conclusion of a Service of Reflection in Northern Ireland attended by the King and Queen Consort.(More on this in direction of the top of the submit.)

The Princess Royal.   

From the BBC’s coverage

The late Queen’s coffin has been mendacity at relaxation in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral since Monday afternoon – a gesture towards the distinctive character of Scotland’s historic nationhood. She’s now leaving Scotland for the final time.

The late Queen’s coffin because it was carried out of the cathedral.

The Princess Royal and Sir Tim observe the coffin.  

A lone piper performed a lament. 

More about Princess Anne’s function from the BBC.

There is one nice last responsibility that many kids really feel in direction of their mother and father: the responsibility to see them safely and peacefully to their final relaxation. And it’s emerged that Queen Elizabeth II wished that her solely daughter – the Princess Royal, Princess Anne – ought to play the first function in escorting her coffin within the days between her demise and the state funeral.

More from the BBC piece. 

That want displays not simply the sensible burden such a process could be for King Charles, but in addition Princess Anne’s standing as a household rock. The King’s days have to date been a whirlwind, requiring him to stability his private grief along with his duties in direction of the state as the brand new monarch.

So his sister has taken the lead within the very public function of being with the coffin on its journey to date. It’s a task that acknowledges her important significance to her late mom and to her brother – but in addition her document because the busiest and hardest-working member of the Royal Family.

Crowds gathered exterior St. Giles’.

The Telegraph reviews “Applause rang out from the crowds packing each side of the Royal Mile because the Queen’s coffin was led out of St Giles’ Cathedral…”. 

Princess Anne. 

The royal party at Edinburgh Airport, the place the coffin was loaded onto a C-17 transport airplane for the flight to RAF Northolt, exterior London.

Two of the large plane had been flown to Edinburgh, in case one encountered technical issues.

The coffin is carried onto the airplane by pallbearers from the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force.

The nationwide anthem was performed because the airplane took off. The flight’s callsign was Kittyhawk 01R.  

A video because the plane takes off. 

After the airplane departed, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon supplied a press release. 

Speaking after the airplane carrying the Queen’s coffin had departed Edinburgh Airport, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned: “Scotland has bid a last and poignant farewell to our a lot liked Elizabeth, Queen of Scots.

“Over these previous few days we now have seen simply how a lot Her Majesty meant to the individuals of Scotland.

The Royal Family posted images of HM in Scotland, with a quote from a speech made by the Queen in 2021 when she attended the Scottish Parliament’s opening ceremony.  

The flight took about an hour, touchdown shortly earlier than 7pm.

Duroing the flight, the Royal Standard of Scotland was changed with the Royal Standard.

Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Anne, and Station Commander Group Captain McPhaden

The coffin is within the State Hearse, a car designed for this goal by the royal family and Jaguar Land Rover; HM was additionally consulted. It was constructed with inside lighting so individuals may even see the coffin and is completed in Royal Claret, the colour used on royal automobiles. 

A salute because the hearse leaves RAF Northolt. 

The hearse because it left the bottom. 

More from The Telegraph’s story

Few had been keen to overlook this second of historical past. Here, roads heaved with humanity; members of the general public scrambled up fences and climbed up partitions to get a glimpse of the royal cortège, of the girl who wore the British Crown longer than anybody else.

The rain, relentless all afternoon, did little to quell the sheer numbers. Some even watched from their roofs. 

As the hearse carrying the coffin moved into view and ready to tug onto the primary street, there have been sirens, after which there was silence. A silence so in contrast to the cheers that greeted the sooner arrival of King Charles III; a recognition that no quantity of pleasure for a brand new coronation can, really, boring this sense of nationwide loss. Not but. 

Thousands of individuals lined the path to Buckingham Palace.

The drive from the RAF base to the palace is about 15 miles. This video exhibits among the visitors as individuals stopped their automobiles,. many getting out of them, to observe the cortége. 

And a ground-level view. 

I imagine that is approaching Wellington Arch.

More from The Telegraph’s coverage

Asked why she was braving the filthy climate to observe the Queen cross by, one girl mentioned: “I might similar to to see her earlier than I can’t see her anymore.” Not solely did this sum up the ideas of many intent on paying their respects whereas the Queen lies in state in London this week, however it was tellingly intimate.

Despite all of the pomp and circumstance, all of the ritual and the heavy symbolism that might alienate the general public if this had been anybody else, it’s Her Majesty’s humanity that’s on the coronary heart of her attraction – and has us feeling her loss so viscerally.

The Queen’s kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gathered at Buckingham Palace tonight to greet the hearse. You can’t see them contained in the automotive, however that is the Prince and Princess of Wales as they arrived on the palace.

The scene at Buckingham Palace because the motorcade arrives.

Phones within the air.

From the BBC’s coverage

As she made her last homecoming, among the hundreds who’d gathered exterior Buckingham Palace wiped away tears, as Queen Elizabeth returned to her official residence one final time.

For the household, a night of personal mourning. For the numerous gathered right here, a poignant chapter because the nation says goodbye.

As automobiles arrived on the gates of Buckingham Palace, the outriders bowed their heads.

You can actually see the rain on this photograph.

One extra photograph.

We return to The Telegraph

Standing on the grand entrance, King Charles III and his Queen Consort had been surrounded by the late monarch’s kids and grandchildren and their companions, together with the Prince and Princess of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

For one night time the coffin will lie at relaxation within the palace’s bow room earlier than the monarch is handed to the nation to permit the general public to pay their respects when she lies in state on the historic Westminster Hall for 4 days.

As talked about above, the Prince and Princess of Wales had been on the Palace tonight with different members of the royal household. There are a number of images of them arriving, however sadly, I can’t license them. If images do grow to be obtainable, I’ll replace the submit. You can see photos here.


Also in the present day, a press release from Princess Anne.
The full assertion is viewable here

I used to be lucky to share the final 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her last journeys. Witnessing the love and respect proven by so many on these journeys has been each humbling and uplifting.

We will all share distinctive recollections. I supply my due to each one who share our sense of loss.

We could have been reminded how a lot of her presence and contribution to our nationwide identification we took as a right. I’m additionally so grateful for the assist and understanding supplied to my expensive brother Charles as he accepts the added duties of The Monarch.

To my mom, The Queen, thanks.


The King and Queen Consort began their day in Northern Ireland. Below, viewing the floral tributes left at Hillsborough Castle. 

They additionally did a walkabout, greeting these gathered in hopes of seeing the King and Queen Consort. From The Telegraph’s coverage

Crowds at Hillsborough Castle cheered and shouted ‘God save the King’ as the brand new King and Queen took time to talk to well-wishers.

A spherical of applause broke out as they inspected floral tributes to the late Queen earlier than getting into the grounds of the fort.

One girl introduced her corgi named Connie to satisfy the royals. 

The King acquired the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and met representatives from political events. He spoke after receiving an official message of condolence.

From his remarks: 

On behalf of all my household, I can solely supply probably the most heartfelt thanks in your condolences. 

I’m right here in the present day at a time of nice private sorrow as we mark the demise of my beloved mom, after a life most faithfully devoted to the responsibility to which she had been known as. 

Through all these years, she by no means ceased to wish for the most effective of instances for this place and for its individuals, whose tales she knew, whose sorrows our household had felt, and for whom she had an important affection and regard.

My mom felt deeply, I do know, the importance of the function she herself performed in bringing collectively these whom historical past had separated, and in extending a hand to make potential the therapeutic of long-held hurts.

They then traveled to St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, the place they joined others for a Service of Reflection. 

Here you see the monarch greeting the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, whom lots of you might acknowledge from Prince and Princess of Wales’s go to to Ireland. 

Tomorrow’s schedule

  • The coffin shall be borne on a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, the place The Queen will Lie-in-State in till the morning of the funeral. The procession is anticipated to start at 2:22 pm BST (9:22am EDT).  The King and Royal Family members will stroll behind the coffin, a distance anticipated to take 35 – 40 minutes to cowl. 
  • The Procession is deliberate to take roughly 40 minutes. The route will journey through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square, and New Palace Yard.
  • After the coffin arrives at Westminster Hall, the King and Royal Family members will attend a brief service carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury assisted by The Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster. 
  • The Lying-in-State begins after the service, permitting members of the general public to go to Westminster Hall and pay their respects to The Queen.

The BBC reports “The coffin shall be adorned with the Imperial State Crown…The coffin will attain Westminster Hall at 15:00. Once there, it should relaxation on a raised platform. Each nook of the platform shall be guarded 24 hours a day by troopers from models that serve the Royal Household.” Rehearsals for tomorrow’s procession have been underway for days.

Those strolling behind the coffin tomorrow: The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester (the Queen’s cousin), and the Earl of Snowdon (Princess Margaret’s son, David Armstrong-Jones). The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex, and the Duchess of Sussex will journey to Westminster Hall by automotive. All will attend a quick service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.  

These photos are from the very early morning hours in the present day.  

If you wish to watch a reside stream, listed here are a number of hyperlinks. 


Almost three minutes of video because the vehicles method the palace. 

The Royal Family Channel’s protection from St. Giles’ in the present day. 

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The Queen’s coffin procession has left St Giles’ Cathedral en route to Edinburgh Airport as it begins its journey to London. From there, it will travel to RAF Northolt – and then on to Buckingham Palace, where it will receive a guard of honour.

Coverage from Edinburgh Airport. 

Princess Anne Accompanies Queen’s Coffin Onto Plane

‘Princess Anne Accompanies Queen’s Coffin Onto Plane’ The late Queen’s coffin is transferred to a plane at Edinburgh Airport and will be flown to RAF Northolt in London, accompanied by the Princess Royal and her husband. #PrincessAnne #QueenElizabethII #RoyalFamily Report by Lucy Lewis.

And protection of the flight arriving at RAF Northolt. 

Queen’s Coffin Arrives in London for Final Journey

‘Queen’s Coffin Arrives in London for Final Journey’ The plane carrying the Queen’s coffin has landed at RAF Northolt in London following its journey from Edinburgh Airport. #RAFNortholt #QueenElizabethII #Queen Report by Roshni Patel.


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