Queen Elizabeth’s coffin to make sluggish journey to Edinburgh By Reuters



© Reuters. A view of floral tributes exterior Balmoral Castle, following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 11, 2022.REUTERS/Phil Noble


By Michael Holden and Russell Cheyne

BALMORAL, Scotland (Reuters) – The coffin of Queen Elizabeth can be taken from her residence within the Scottish Highlands on a sluggish, six-hour journey to Edinburgh on Sunday, giving the general public an opportunity to line the roads in tribute to the monarch who died after seven a long time on the throne.

The loss of life of the 96-year-old has provoked tears, unhappiness and heat tributes, not simply from the queen’s personal shut household and plenty of in Britain, but additionally from across the globe – reflecting her presence on the world stage for the final 70 years.

On Sunday at 0900 GMT, Elizabeth’s oak coffin, which has been within the ballroom of Balmoral Castle lined with the royal commonplace of Scotland and with a wreath of flowers on prime, can be positioned in a hearse by six gamekeepers.

Accompanied by the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, the cortege will slowly make its means from the distant fort, winding by way of small cities and villages to Edinburgh the place the coffin can be taken to the throne room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Tens of 1000’s have gathered at royal palaces within the days since Elizabeth’s loss of life on Thursday to go away flowers and to pay their respects.

“I understand how deeply you, your complete nation – and I feel I’ll say the entire world – sympathise with me within the irreparable loss we’ve all suffered,” her son King Charles stated at a ceremony on Saturday the place he was formally proclaimed the brand new monarch.

“It is the best comfort to me to know of the sympathy expressed by so many to my sister and brothers and that such overwhelming affection and help needs to be prolonged to our entire household in our loss.”

While Elizabeth’s loss of life was not completely sudden given her age, the actual fact her well being had been deteriorating and the passing of her husband of 73 years Prince Philip final 12 months, there was nonetheless a way of shock on the information.

“We all thought she was invincible,” her grandson Prince William, now the inheritor to the throne, instructed a well-wisher on Saturday as he met crowds at Windsor fort.


Elizabeth’s state funeral can be held at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, which can be a public vacation in Britain, officers introduced. U.S. President Joe Biden stated he can be there, though full particulars of the occasion and the attendees haven’t but been launched.

Before that, her coffin can be flown to London and there can be a sombre procession when it’s later moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall the place it’ll lie in state for 4 days.

In 2002 greater than 200,000 individuals queued to pay their respects to Elizabeth’s mom whereas her coffin lay in state and aides have beforehand stated there may be an expectation that hundreds of thousands might need to go to.

“It goes with out saying that we are able to count on massive numbers of individuals,” the spokesperson for Prime Minister Liz Truss instructed reporters.

Truss, whose appointment as prime minister on Tuesday was the queen’s final public act, will be a part of King Charles as each the brand new head of state and prime minister tour the 4 nations of the United Kingdom within the subsequent few days. [L8N30H0GR]

Charles, 73, instantly succeeded his mom however was formally proclaimed as king on Saturday in a vibrant ceremony laden with pageantry and courting again centuries following a gathering of the Accession Council at St James’s – a royal palace constructed for Henry VIII within the 1530s.

Charles is now the forty first monarch in a line that traces its origins to the Norman King William the Conqueror who captured the English throne in 1066.

Elizabeth’s loss of life has capped a tough couple of years for the royal household which has seen the lack of Prince Philip, its patriarch, her second son Prince Andrew accused of intercourse abuse – which he denied – and grandson Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan step down from royal life to maneuver to California.

Harry and Meghan have been alienated from the remainder of the household since, with Harry and brother William stated to be barely on talking phrases. But the loss of life of their grandmother managed to reunite them, as they appeared along with their wives exterior Windsor Castle to fulfill the crowds on Saturday.

A royal supply described it as an necessary present of unity at an extremely tough time for the household.


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