LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin is passing done the rugged Scottish countryside Sunday connected a last travel from her beloved summertime property Balmoral Castle to London, with mourners softly lining roads and immoderate tossing flowers to grant the monarch who died aft 70 years connected the throne.
The hearse drove past piles of bouquets and different tributes arsenic it led a seven-car cortege from Balmoral, wherever the queen died Thursday, for a six-hour travel done Scottish towns to Holyroodhouse palace successful Edinburgh. The precocious queen’s coffin was draped successful the Royal Standard for Scotland and topped with a wreath made of flowers from the estate, including saccharine peas, 1 of the queen’s favorites.
“A bittersweet and poignant infinitesimal arsenic Her Majesty, The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the last time,” the archetypal curate of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted. “Today, arsenic she makes her travel to Edinburgh, Scotland volition wage tribute to an bonzer woman.”
Crowds lined parts of the way arsenic the nation mourns its longest-reigning monarch, the lone 1 astir Britons person ever known. In the Scottish colony of Ballater, wherever residents respect the royal household arsenic neighbors, hundreds of radical watched successful soundlessness and immoderate threw flowers successful beforehand of the hearse arsenic it passed.
“She meant specified a batch to radical successful this area. People were crying, it was astonishing to see,” said Victoria Pacheco, a impermanent location manager.
In each municipality and colony the cars drove through, they were met with akin muted scenes of respect. People stood mostly successful silence; immoderate clapped politely, others pointed their telephone cameras astatine the passing cars.
Before reaching the Scottish capital, the cortege is traveling down what is efficaciously a royal representation lane — passing done locations laden with House of Windsor past including Dyce, wherever successful 1975 the queen formally opened the U.K.’s archetypal North Sea lipid pipeline, and Fife adjacent St. Andrews University, wherever her grandson William, present the Prince of Wales, studied and met his aboriginal wife, Catherine.
Sunday’s solemn thrust done Scotland comes a time aft the queen’s eldest lad was formally proclaimed the caller monarch — King Charles III — astatine a pomp-filled accession ceremonial steeped successful past contented and governmental symbolism.
“I americium profoundly alert of this large inheritance and of the duties and dense responsibilities of sovereignty, which person present passed to me,” Charles said arsenic helium took connected the duties of monarch.
He volition beryllium proclaimed king successful different nations of the United Kingdom — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — and successful towns crossed the state Sunday. Earlier, proclamations were held successful different parts of the Commonwealth — the radical of erstwhile British Empire colonies — including Australia and New Zealand.
In the New Zealand capital, Wellington, the British monarch’s representative, Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro, said: “On behalf of each New Zealanders, I widen to King Charles our loyalty and enactment and wishes for a agelong and blessed reign.”
Even arsenic helium mourned his precocious mother, Charles was getting down to work. He was gathering astatine Buckingham Palace with the secretary-general and different representatives of the Commonwealth, a radical of nations that grapples with affection for the queen and lingering bitterness implicit their ain assemblage legacies, ranging from slavery to corporal punishment successful African schools to looted artifacts held successful British institutions.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who had started laying the groundwork for an Australian republic aft elections successful May, said Sunday that present was the clip not for a alteration but for paying tribute to the precocious queen.
India, a erstwhile British colony, observed a time of authorities mourning, with flags lowered to half-staff connected each authorities buildings passim the country.
Amid the grief enveloping the House of Windsor, determination were hints of a imaginable household reconciliation. Prince William and his member Harry, unneurotic with their respective wives, Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, delighted mourners adjacent Windsor Castle with a astonishment associated quality Saturday.
The queen’s coffin volition instrumentality a circuitous travel backmost to the capital. On Monday, it volition beryllium taken from Holyroodhouse to adjacent St. Giles’ Cathedral, wherever it volition stay until Tuesday, erstwhile it volition beryllium flown to London. The coffin volition beryllium moved from Buckingham Palace connected Wednesday to the Houses of Parliament to prevarication successful authorities until a authorities ceremonial astatine Westminster Abbey connected Sept. 19.
In Ballater, the Rev. David Barr said locals see the royals arsenic “neighbors” and effort to dainty them arsenic locals erstwhile they walk summers successful the Scottish Highlands.
“When she comes up here, and she goes done those gates, I judge the royal portion of her stays mostly outside,” helium said. “And arsenic she goes in, she was capable to beryllium a wife, a loving wife, a loving mum, a loving gran and past aboriginal connected a loving great-gran — and aunty — and beryllium normal.”
Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears successful her eyes aft the hearse carrying the queen’s coffin passed done Ballater.
“It was precise emotional. It was respectful and showed what they deliberation of the queen,” she said. “She surely gave work to this state adjacent up until a fewer days earlier her death.”
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