Thousands Pay Their Respects as Her Majesty’s Final Journey Begins (& Event Updates)

HM left her beloved Balmoral property in Scotland this morning at 10:07 am.  The car carrying her oak coffin led a seven-car procession on its technique to Edinburgh.

More from the NY Times

…her coffin started its journey by being carried by six gamekeepers from the ballroom on the Balmoral property, the place the queen spent her summer time holidays and for which she had a deep and lengthy affection. The route took the hearse from Balmoral, by way of Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth, earlier than the procession arrived after 4 p.m. on the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The coffin was lined with the Royal Standard of Scotland and a wreath made with flowers reduce from the Balmoral gardens. The wreath contains Dahlias, Sweet Peas, Phlox, White Heather, and Pine Fir from the Balmoral Estate.

Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence, traveled with the coffin. The minister of Crathie Kirk and a consultant of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office had been additionally a part of the convoy. The journey took about six hours, touring greater than 180 miles via Scotland. 

Along the route, folks waited to see the cortége, many arriving early to make sure that they had a superb view. The Guardian studies, “In Ballater, the crowds had been gathering since earlier than 7am…”. The gentleman you see beneath, Frank Groves, was in Ballater, the village closest to Balmoral.

For extra about Mr. Groves, we return to The Guardian’s story

Sitting alone on a bench by Glenmuick parish church within the centre of the village, Frank Groves was wearing a darkish go well with and tie and carrying a bouquet of creamy flowers certain with a black ribbon. The 70-year-old had pushed from the fishing village of Cruden Bay on the north-east coast to Ballater, which he typically visited together with his spouse, Jeanette, after she was recognized with terminal most cancers. Inevitably, this collective grief sharpens his personal loss from seven years earlier than.

“From after I was born, the Queen was there; after I went to highschool, bought married, and when my spouse handed, she was there. She nearly appears like a distant relative.”

Along the route in Ballater.

CTV News reports, “People turned out hours early to seize an area by the police barricades in Edinburgh. By afternoon, the crowds had been 10 folks deep.” Below, the procession is passing over the King George VI bridge in Aberdeen, a bridge is known as after HM’s father.

From The Telegraph’s story

Thousands of mourners lined streets in Scottish cities and cities all through Sunday, because the cortege made the six-hour journey from the Queen’s favorite Highland retreat to Edinburgh. 

From Aberdeen to Dundee and motorway verges across the River Forth, veterans, military cadets, faculty kids and households stood quietly or applauded, clutching flowers and Union flags.

A view of the cortége because it passes over the Queensferry Crossing bridge; a bridge formally opened by HM in 2017.

In Edinburgh. 

More by way of this NY Times piece:

Local folks, guests and vacationers thronged town’s foremost streets below grey clouds to pay their respects to a monarch who had a deep affinity for Scotland. There was some applause because the convoy of seven autos, led by a motorbike outrider, drove via central Edinburgh, although the temper was respectful and customarily somber.

Another view from Edinburgh.

One extra image of the crowds in Edinburgh.

Here you see the cortége because it passes St. Giles’ Cathedral, the place the coffin shall be introduced tomorrow.

Veterans of the Royal British Legion of Scotland outdoors St. Giles’.

A large shot reveals the Guard of Honour on the Palace of Holyroodhouse because the procession arrives.
That Guard was made up of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. 

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Edward, the Earl of Wessex.

A army Bearer Party from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the Palace and to the Throne Room, the place it’s going to stay till tomorrow.

A curtsy from the Queen’s daughter, who has been at her aspect all through this previous week.

Princess Anne and Sir Tim.

Another view of members of the family. 

From The Guardian’s story:

The Queen’s physique shall be lain to relaxation at Holyroodhouse for the night, the place members of the royal family will be capable to pay their respects in personal.

Tomorrow there shall be a procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse conveying the coffin to St. Giles’ Cathedral. The King and members of the Royal Family will take part within the procession and attend a 3pm (10am EDT) service on the Cathedral to obtain the coffin. Beginning at 5pm, mourners will be capable to pay their respects. More from The Scotsman’s coverage

Members of the general public who want to pay their respects have been warned they face lengthy waits because of the anticipated demand.
Officials say climate situations could also be difficult and standing for quite a lot of hours ought to be anticipated.
A “Vigil of the Princes” is predicted sooner or later within the subsequent week, however there are conflicting studies as to when that may occur. The Guardian reports it is going to be tomorrow evening whereas different media say it is going to be later within the week. Below, you see Prince Edward, Prince Charles, David Armstrong-Jones, and Prince Andrew as they arrived at Westminster Hall in 2002 to face watch through the Lying-in-State of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. 

A wider shot of Westminster Hall.

The Independent reports “At some level, the late monarch’s 4 kids – King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward – and her eight grandchildren, together with Princes William and Harry, will take their place round her coffin.” We’ll have to attend and see when this takes place and precisely what number of members of the family shall be concerned. 


Sky News has about 7 minutes of protection from the Edinburgh portion of the day. 

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrives in Edinburgh to thousands of people

The Queen’s coffin has arrived in the centre of Edinburgh, as the hearse made its way down the Royal Mile.

ITV provides 5+ hours of protection of your complete journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  

ITV News special coverage as Queen’s coffin travels to Edinburgh and nations proclaim King

Watch special coverage from ITV News as the Queen’s coffin begins its journey to its final resting place in London, after it left her beloved Balmoral Castle on its journey to Edinburgh on Sunday.

 This Reuters video has greater than 6 hours of protection. 

LIVE: Queen’s Elizabeth’s coffin departs Balmoral for Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth died on Thursday after a 70-year reign. Her coffin will be taken from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh through small towns and villages before being flown to London on Tuesday. #Reuters #News #UK #QueenElizabeth



A glance forward at among the specifics for occasions within the subsequent week.  


  • As famous above, the Queen’s coffin will journey by procession to St Giles’ Cathedral, accompanied by the King and members of the Royal Family. This procession is predicted to begin at 2:35pm native time, 9:35am EDT.  The coffin shall be guarded by Vigils from The Royal Company of Archers.  There could also be a vigil with members of the family within the night. 


  • At 5pm, the Queen’s coffin will journey from Scotland to London. Princess Anne will accompany the coffin. The coffin will then be conveyed to Buckingham Palace, the place it’s going to relaxation within the Bow Room. The Guardian studies, “Its arrival at 8pm shall be witnessed by the King and the Queen Consort, with different members of the royal household.”


  • 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 predicted to start at 2:22 pm BST (9:22am EDT).  
  • The Procession is deliberate to take roughly 40 minutes. The route will journey by way of 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.

THURSDAY, SEP 15: Lying-in-State

FRIDAY, SEP 16: Lying-in-State 

SATURDAY, SEP 17: Lying-in-State 

SUNDAY SEP 18:Lying-in-State 


  • The coffin shall be taken on a State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy to Westminster Abbey for the 11am funeral. The BBC reports “Senior members of the Royal Family, together with the brand new King, are more likely to observe in procession.”
  • After the state funeral, the coffin will journey in a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after which to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
  • A Committal Service will then happen in St George’s Chapel.


I’ll wrap up the publish with Her Majesty’s message after the September eleventh assaults that passed off 21 years in the past immediately. It was shared on social media today by the British Embassy in Washington.

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