HM left his beloved Balmoral Estate in Scotland at 10:07 this morning. The carriage carrying his oak coffin led a seven-car procession on its way to Edinburgh.
more from The New York Times:
…The journey by the six players began from the ballroom of Balmoral Estate, where the Queen spent her summer holidays and for which she had a deep and long affection. The route took Balmoral through Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth to Hare’s before the procession arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse just after 4pm.
His coffin was covered with the Royal Standard of Scotland and a wreath made of flowers cut from the Balmoral garden. Dahlias, sweet peas, phlox, white heather and pine fir wreaths from Balmoral Estate.
Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Lawrence traveled with the coffin. Crathy Kirk’s minister and a representative from the Lord Chamberlain’s office were also part of the convoy. The journey took about six hours, traveling over 180 miles through Scotland.
Along the route, people waited to see the cortege, many arriving early to ensure they had a good view. guardian Report, “In Ballarat, crowds were already gathering before 7am…”. The gentleman you see below, Frank Groves, was from Ballatare, the nearest village to Balmoral.
To learn more about Mr. Groves, we go back of The Guardian story.
Sitting alone on a bench at Glenmuick Parish Church in the center of the village, Frank Groves wore a dark suit and tie and carried a bouquet of creamy flowers tied with a black ribbon. The 70-year-old moved to Ballater from the fishing village of Cruden Bay on the north-east coast, where he often visited his wife Jeanette, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Inevitably, this collective grief sharpens her own loss from seven years earlier.
“The Queen has been there since I was born; When I went to school, got married, and when my wife passed, she was there. He almost seems like a distant relative.”
Along the route to Ballarat.
CTV news The report said, “People came out hours earlier to occupy a site with police barricades in Edinburgh. By afternoon the crowd was 10 people deep.” Below, the procession crosses the King George VI Bridge in Aberdeen. The bridge is named after HM’s father.
from of the Telegraph story.
Thousands of mourners lined the streets of Scottish towns and cities throughout Sunday, as the cortege made the six-hour journey from the Queen’s favorite Highland retreat to Edinburgh.
Along motorways from Aberdeen to Dundee and around the River Forth, veterans, army cadets, school children and families stood silently or applauded holding flowers and Union flags.
A view of the cortege as it passes over the Queensferry Crossing Bridge, Bridge HM was officially opened in 2017.
More through this The New York Times Pieces:
Locals, visitors and tourists thronged the city’s main streets under gray clouds to pay their respects to a king who had a deep affection for Scotland. There was some applause as the seven-vehicle convoy, led by a motorcycle outrider, passed through central Edinburgh, although the mood was respectful and generally somber.
Another view from Edinburgh.
Another photo of the Edinburgh crowd.
Here you will see the cortege passing St Giles Cathedral, where the coffin will be brought tomorrow.
Veterans of the Royal British Legion of Scotland outside St Giles.
A wide shot shows a guard of honor at the Palace of Holyroodhouse as the procession arrives.
The Guard consists of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Edward, Earl of Wessex.
A military pallbearer from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace and into the throne room, where it will remain until tomorrow.
A curtsy from the Queen’s daughter, who has been by her side throughout this past week.
Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim.
Another view of family members.
from of The Guardian Story:
The Queen’s body will lie in state at Holyroodhouse for the evening, where members of the royal family will be able to pay their respects in private.
Tomorrow there will be a procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to deliver the coffin to St Giles Cathedral. The King and members of the royal family will participate in the procession and attend a 3pm (10am EDT) service at the cathedral to receive the coffin. Mourners will be able to pay their respects starting at 5 p.m. more from of the Scotsman Coverage:
Members of the public who wish to pay their respects have been warned they will face long waits due to expected demand.
Officials say weather conditions can be challenging and expect to be standing for several hours.
A “watch of the princes” is expected sometime next week, but there are conflicting reports as to when it will happen. guardian It will be tomorrow night while other media are saying it will be by the end of the week.
Sky News There is approximately 7 minutes of coverage from Edinburgh part of the day.
ITV Offers full 5+ hour journey coverage from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
This Reuters video covers over 6 hours of coverage.
Take a look at some specifics for the event next week.
Monday, September 12:
- As mentioned above, the Queen’s coffin will go in procession to St Giles Cathedral, accompanied by the King and members of the royal family. The march is expected to begin at 9:35am EDT local time.
Tuesday, September 13:
- The Queen’s coffin will leave Scotland for London at 5pm. Princess Anne will accompany the coffin. The coffin will then be delivered to Buckingham Palace, where it will rest in the Bow Room. “Its arrival at 8pm will be witnessed by the King and Queen Consort, along with other members of the Royal Family,” The Guardian reported.
Wednesday, September 14:
- The coffin will be carried in a gun carriage by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen will lie in state until the morning of the funeral. The procession is expected to begin at 2:22 pm BST (9:22 am EDT).
- The procession is planned to take about 40 minutes. The route will travel through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
- After the coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, the King and members of the royal family were greeted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. David will attend a short service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury assisted by Howell.
- The Lying-in-State begins after the service, allowing members of the public to visit Westminster Hall and pay their respects to the Queen.
Thursday, September 15: while lying down
Friday, September 16: while lying down
Saturday, September 17: while lying down
Sunday 18 September: while lying down
Monday, September 19:
- The coffin will be taken to Westminster Abbey in a Royal Navy state gun carriage for the funeral at 11am. The BBC Reports “senior members of the royal family, including the new king, may follow in the procession.”
- After the state funeral, the coffin will travel in a procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
- A committal service will then take place in St. George’s Chapel.