EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) – In a solemn, regal procession, Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin was carried slowly through the Scottish countryside Sunday from her beloved Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Mourners line city streets and highway bridges or rural roads with cars and tractors to take part in a historic farewell. King who reigned for 70 years.
The hearse was led by a seven-car cortege from Balmoral carrying a pile of bouquets and other tributes, where The Queen died on Thursday 96, for a six-hour trip through Scottish cities to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The late Queen’s coffin was draped in the Royal Standard for Scotland and topped with a wreath made of estate flowers, including the Queen’s favorite sweet pea.
The procession was a huge event for Scotland UK takes days to mourn Its longest-reigning monarch, best known to the British. People had come out hours earlier to occupy a site with police barricades in Edinburgh. By afternoon the crowd was 10 people deep.
“I think he was a constant in my life. She was the queen I was born under and she was always there,” said Angus Ruthven, a 54-year-old civil servant from Edinburgh. “I think it’s a lot to adjust to not having him here.”
Silence descends on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile as the hearse carrying the Queen arrives. But as the convoy disappeared from view, the crowd erupted into spontaneous applause.
“A very historic moment. I’m actually quite speechless,” said Fiona Moffat, a 57-year-old office manager in Glasgow. “She was a lovely lady. Great mother, grandmother. He did well. I’m very proud of her.”
When the hearse arrived at Holyroodhouse, members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, wearing green tartan kilts, carried the coffin to the throne room with the Queen’s three youngest children – Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – where it will remain until Monday. in the afternoon so that workers can pay their last respects.
King Charles III and his Queen Consort Camilla will travel to Edinburgh on Monday to join another solemn procession that carries the Queen’s coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral on the city’s Royal Mile. The coffin will remain there for 24 hours so Scottish people can pay their respects before it flies to London on Tuesday.
The first village the court passed through was Ballater, where the inhabitants considered the royal family neighbors. Hundreds of people watched in silence. Some throw flowers in front of Shuna.
“He meant a lot to the people of this area. People were crying, it was amazing to see,” said Victoria Pacheco, a guest house manager.
In every Scottish town and village, the team was held in high esteem. The people mostly stood in silence; Some clapped politely, while others pointed their phone cameras at passing cars. In Aberdeenshire, farmers lined the route with an honor guard of tractors.
Along the route, the cortege passed through locations steeped in the history of the House of Windsor. These include Dyce, where the Queen officially opened the UK’s first North Sea oil pipeline in 1975, and Fife, near the University of St Andrews, where her grandson Prince William, now the Prince of Wales, studied and met his future wife Catherine.
Sunday’s solemn drive came as Queen’s eldest son Officially announcing the new king — King Charles III — In the rest of the United Kingdom: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It came a day after a lavish engagement ceremony in England.
“I am keenly aware of the responsibility and weighty responsibility of this great legacy and sovereignty, which has now passed to me,” Charles said on Saturday.
Just before the proclamation was read out in Edinburgh on Sunday, a protester appeared with a sign denouncing imperialism and calling on leaders to “abolish the monarchy”. He was picked up by the police. Reactions were mixed. A man shouted, “Let him go! It’s freedom of speech!” While others shouted: “Have some respect!”
Nevertheless, there was some uproar in Edinburgh when Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms, shouted “God save the King!” He ended his announcement with
This upset 48-year-old Ann Hamilton.
“Thousands of people have come here today to pay their respects. To have them here, hacking into things, I think it was terrible. If they were against it, they should not have come,” he said.
Still, it was a sign of how people, including people from Britain’s former colonies, are grappling with the monarchy’s legacy — and its future.
Earlier in the day, the proclamation was read in other parts of the Commonwealth, including Australia and New Zealand.
Charles, even as he mourned his late mother, went to work at Buckingham Palace, meeting with the Secretary-General and other Commonwealth envoys. Many of those countries have grappled with both affection and lingering affection for the Queen Bitterness over their colonial legacywhich ranged from slavery in African schools to looted artefacts in British cultural institutions.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who stands for the Australian Republic, said on Sunday that now was not the time for change, but the time to pay tribute to the late queen. India, a former British colony, observed a national day of mourning with flags at half-mast.
Amid the mourning surrounding the House of Windsor, there were hints of a possible family reunion. Prince William and his brother HarryAlong with their respective wives, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, delighted mourners near Windsor Castle with a surprise joint appearance on Saturday.
The Queen’s coffin was making its way back to the capital. After it flies to London on Tuesday, the coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to lie in state until a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. 19.
In Ballater, the Reverend David Barr says locals consider the royal family neighbors.
“When she comes here, and she goes through those doors, I believe the royal part of her is mostly outside,” he said of the queen. “And as soon as she got in, she was able to be a wife, a loving wife, a loving mother, a loving gran and then a loving grand – and aunt – and normal.”
Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes after the heat went through Ballater.
“It was very emotional. It was respectful and showed what they thought of the Queen,” he said. “He certainly served this country, even until a few days before his death.”
Corder reported from London.
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