Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives in Edinburgh
Sep 12, 2022 - 01:40 AM
LONDON (AA) – Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrived on Sunday at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, from Balmoral Castle, where the monarch passed away on Thursday.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the monarch’s official residence in Scotland, and the journey took six hours.
Thousands lined the streets to pay their respects as the procession made its journey.
The princess royal, who is Princess Anne, King Charles III’s sister, and her husband, accompanied the queen’s coffin directly behind her as part of the procession.
They were met at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Wessex.
The queen’s oak coffin was draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland with a wreath of flowers on top.
The coffin will remain in the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight.
On Monday, the queen’s coffin will make its way in procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, through the Royal Mile, to its destination at St Giles’ Cathedral, where the queen’s coffin will remain for another 24 hours for members of the public to pay their respects.
Charles, the queen consort and other members of the Royal Family will take part in Monday’s procession.
Prime Minister Liz Truss will be among those in attendance at a service reflecting on the life of Elizabeth.
Charles will then return to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to hold an audience with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, then an audience with Alison Johnstone, the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament.
Later on Monday, the king and queen consort will attend the Scottish Parliament to receive a motion of condolence.
In the evening, the king, queen consort, and other members of the Royal Family will hold a vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral.
On Tuesday, the queen’s coffin will be taken to Edinburgh Airport, where it will be flown to London. It will then be placed in Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state for members of the public to pay their respects until the state funeral on Sept. 19.