TThousands of people gathered on the streets of Scotland on Sunday to take a first look at the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The hearse left the grounds of Balmoral Castle around 10am local time. As reported by the media, six bearers had previously carried the oak coffin, covered with the royal standard for Scotland, out of the castle, where it had been laid out in the ballroom for the past few days. A wreath of flowers was placed on the coffin visible through the windows of the carriage. Hundreds of bouquets of flowers that people had laid there lay at the gate of the castle.
The first people came to the track early in the morning with picnic chairs. Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
Six hours driving time
The coffin should be driven partly at walking pace. The route is scheduled to take six hours. He is expected at the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, Holyroodhouse, in the afternoon.
King Charles III and other members of the royal family were to accompany the coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday, where it is to stand for 24 hours before continuing the journey by plane to London. In the cathedral, the public gets the first opportunity to pay their respects to the Queen and say goodbye.
The coffin is expected in London on Tuesday. The next day he is taken in a public procession through the streets of the city centre. As the palace announced on Saturday, the coffin is to be brought from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on a horse-drawn carriage known as a carriage. He is to be laid out there for four days. There, too, people should once again have the opportunity to say goodbye to the Queen. Many thousands are expected.
The state funeral with numerous state guests and representatives of royal families from all over the world finally takes place on September 19th. A service is scheduled at 12:00 p.m. (CEST) at Westminster Abbey in London. People in the UK get an extra day off. Charles III had approved this holiday on the occasion of his proclamation.
The Queen will be buried in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where her husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9, 2021, is also buried. Her closest relatives, her father George VI, her mother, known as the “Queen Mum”, and her sister, Princess Margaret, were also buried there.