© Reuters. The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Palace of Holyroodhouse, the place she is going to lie in a single day after which be moved to St Giles Cathedral, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain September 11, 2022. Lisa Ferguson/Pool through REUTERS
By Michael Holden and Andrew MacAskill
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s King Charles will fly to Edinburgh to affix his siblings on Monday when the coffin of his mom Queen Elizabeth is taken in a solemn procession from one in all her Scottish palaces to the town’s historic St. Giles cathedral.
The brand new monarch can even be part of senior royals for a vigil on the church the place the coffin will lie at relaxation earlier than being flown to London on Tuesday.
Since Elizabeth’s dying aged 96 at Balmoral Fortress, her Scottish vacation residence, a fastidiously choreographed sequence of plans to mourn Britain’s monarch of 70 years has been put into operation.
On Sunday, her oak coffin, draped within the Royal Customary of Scotland with a wreath on high, was taken by hearse on a six-hour journey from Balmoral via picturesque Scottish countryside, villages, small cities and cities to Edinburgh.
Tens of hundreds of well-wishers lined the roads to pay their respects, whereas large crowds, some in tears, gathered in Edinburgh to greet the cortege.
“It’s simply very unhappy,” mentioned Rachel Lindsay (NYSE:), 24. “I don’t suppose we anticipated it to ever occur. I simply thought she’d reside without end. I didn’t suppose it was actual till I noticed it.”
Earlier than setting off for Scotland, Charles, 73, who mechanically turned king of the UK and 14 different realms of together with Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, will journey to the British parliament for an additional conventional ceremony.
At Westminster Corridor, lawmakers from each the Home of Commons and the higher Home of Lords will specific their condolences for the dying of his mom, and the brand new king will ship a response.
He’ll then fly to Edinburgh along with his spouse Camilla, the Queen Consort, to affix his sister Anne, and brothers Andrew and Edward.
The queen’s kids will then stroll in a procession behind the hearse because the coffin of their mom is taken to St Giles’ Cathedral, flanked by troopers.
CROWN OF SCOTLAND
When it arrives on the church, the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, the premier Scottish peer, will place the Crown of Scotland on the coffin.
After a service, the coffin will relaxation on the cathedral for twenty-four hours to permit individuals to pay their respects. A steady vigil shall be mounted by troopers from the Royal Firm of Archers – the sovereign’s ‘Physique Guard in Scotland’.
Charles, who can even go to the Scottish parliament and meet Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will later mount a vigil at 7.20 p.m. (1820 GMT) together with different royals.
On Tuesday, the coffin shall be flown to London the place on Wednesday it’ll start a interval of mendacity in state till early on Sept. 19 – the day of Elizabeth’s state funeral – on a catafalque at Westminster Corridor.
It will likely be guarded continually by troopers or by Yeoman Warders – often called beefeaters – from the Tower Of London.
Members of the general public shall be allowed to course of previous the coffin, which shall be lined by the Royal Customary with the sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre positioned on high, for twenty-four hours a day till 6.30 a.m. (0530 GMT) on Sept. 19.
“These wishing to attend shall be required to queue for a lot of hours, probably in a single day,” the federal government mentioned in a press release. “Massive crowds are anticipated and individuals are inspired to test forward, plan accordingly and be ready for lengthy wait occasions.”
In the meantime hundreds of individuals are persevering with to assemble at royal palaces throughout Britain, bringing bouquets of flowers. In Inexperienced Park close to London’s Buckingham Palace, the place a few of the tributes are being taken, lengthy strains of bouquets now snake across the park permitting mourners to learn the tributes.
Different well-wishers have hooked up their messages of condolence to timber.
Britain final noticed such an show of public mourning in 1997 following the dying of Charles’s first spouse, Princess Diana, after she was killed in a automobile crash in Paris.
“It jogs my memory of Diana 25 years in the past,” Helen Soo, 59, mentioned. “I used to be a lot youthful in these days, I slept in a single day in Hyde Park and that is multiplied by 100 in all probability.”