© Reuters. A view of floral tributes outdoors Balmoral Citadel, 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 will likely be taken from her house 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 many years on the throne.
The demise of the 96-year-old has provoked tears, disappointment and heat tributes, not simply from the queen’s personal shut household and lots of in Britain, but in addition 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 Citadel coated with the royal normal of Scotland and with a wreath of flowers on high, will likely 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 citadel, winding by means of small cities and villages to Edinburgh the place the coffin will likely 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 demise on Thursday to depart flowers and to pay their respects.
“I understand how deeply you, your entire nation – and I believe I could say the entire world – sympathise with me within the irreparable loss we have now all suffered,” her son King Charles stated at a ceremony on Saturday the place he was formally proclaimed the brand new monarch.
“It’s 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 assist must be prolonged to our complete household in our loss.”
Whereas Elizabeth’s demise 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 yr, there was nonetheless a way of shock on the information.
“All of us thought she was invincible,” her grandson Prince William, now the inheritor to the throne, informed a well-wisher on Saturday as he met crowds at Windsor citadel.
Elizabeth’s state funeral will likely be held at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, which will likely be a public vacation in Britain, officers introduced. U.S. President Joe Biden stated he could be there, though full particulars of the occasion and the attendees haven’t but been launched.
Earlier than that, her coffin will likely be flown to London and there will likely be a sombre procession when it’s later moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor the place it should lie in state for 4 days.
In 2002 greater than 200,000 folks 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 thousands and thousands could need to go to.
“It goes with out saying that we are able to anticipate giant numbers of individuals,” the spokesperson for Prime Minister Liz Truss informed 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 UK 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 relationship 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 demise has capped a troublesome 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. However the demise of their grandmother managed to reunite them, as they appeared along with their wives outdoors Windsor Citadel to fulfill the crowds on Saturday.
A royal supply described it as an necessary present of unity at an extremely troublesome time for the household.