The funeral procession with the mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II left this Sunday from the Scottish castle of Balmoral, where she died on Thursday at the age of 96, to start the journey to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
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The sovereign’s oak coffin is covered with the royal banner of Scotland and on it a wreath has been placed.
With the departure of the castle – around 10 local time (11 in the morning, peninsular time), the hearse thus began a journey of about 200 kilometers to reach the Palace of Holyroodhouse, royal residence in Edinburgh, passing through several Scottish towns, including the town of Ballater, near Balmoral.
Behind the car that carries the remains of Elizabeth II, the daughter of the queen, Princess Anne, and her husband, Tim Laurence, travel in another with the royal insignia, on a sunny day today in Scotland.
In some towns, the procession will move slowly so that as many people as possible can say goodbye to the queen, who spent her vacations in Scotland every summer.
The journey to Edinburgh, which will take about six hours, will cover, in addition to Ballater, the towns of Aberdeen and Dundee.
The coffin with the mortal remains of the queen will enter the Palace of Holyroodhouse around 3:00 p.m. local time before being transferred to the nearby St. Giles Cathedral on Monday.
Thus, the funeral procession will leave the royal residence on Monday to advance in procession along the Royal Mile avenue – which links Holyroodhouse with Edinburgh Castle – to St Giles, where there will be a religious service attended by members of the royal family, including King Charles III.
The sovereign’s coffin will remain in the cathedral for about 24 hours so that the population can pay tribute to her.
On Tuesday, the mortal remains will be taken to the British capital for the state funeral that will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey.
Although initially it was planned that the coffin would be taken on the royal train from Waverley station in Edinburgh to King’s Cross station in London, it will be carried on an official plane in which Princess Anne will travel.