Queen Elizabeth’s coffin leaves Balmoral Castle on her beloved Scottish estate on Sunday as the monarch who died after 70 years on the throne begins his final journey back to London for a state funeral. government.
The six stewards come from Balmoral, the summer resort where The Queen passed away on Thursdaycarried the late sovereign’s oak coffin from the castle ballroom onto a hearse for a six-hour, 280-kilometer journey through the towns of Scotland to the palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Crowds are expected to line the route as the country mourns its longest-reigning monarch, the only one most Britons have ever known. Early on Sunday, flowers and other objects – a small Paddington Bear toy, a hand-painted painting of the Queen – had piled up outside the Balmoral Gate.
Sunday’s solemn drive through Scotland comes a day after the Queen’s eldest son was officially proclaimed the new monarch – King Charles III – at a flashy accession ceremony steeped in old tradition. political symbols and figures.
‘Aware of this great succession’
“I am acutely aware of this great inheritance and the heavy duties and responsibilities of sovereignty, which have now been transferred to me,” Charles said as he accepted his duties as a monarch.
He will be crowned king in other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – on Sunday.
Even in mourning for his late mother, Charles still started working. He was meeting at Buckingham Palace with the secretary general of the Commonwealth, the group of former colonies of the British Empire that had feelings for the Queen and perpetuated bitterness over their own colonial legacies. That ranges from slavery to corporal punishment in African schools to looted artifacts kept in British facilities.
Amid the grief that enveloped the house of Windsor, there were hints of a possible family reconciliation. Prince William and brother Harry, along with their respective wives, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wowed mourners near Windsor Castle with a joint appearance surprise on Saturday.
The Queen’s coffin will make a journey around the capital. On Monday it will be taken from Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Church, where it will stay until Tuesday, when it will be flown to London. The coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to the Houses of Parliament to remain in place until the funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.
In the village of Ballater, near Balmoral, Father David Barr said locals consider the royals “neighbors” and try to treat them like locals when they spend their summers in the Scottish Highlands.
“When she got here, and she went through those gates, I believe most of her royalty was outside,” he said. “And when she came in, she was able to become a wife, a loving wife, a loving mother, a loving grandmother and then a loving great-grandmother – and a she – and normal.”