British royal family: Scotland bids farewell to the Queen


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Scotland bids farewell to the Queen

The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin drives through Ballater.  Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/dpa

The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II's coffin drives through Ballater. photo

© Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/dpa

The Queen loved her Scottish country home of Balmoral, which is where she died. She is not alone on her last major journey through the northernmost part of Britain. Thousands of Scots want to see the coffin.

Thousands of people passed by the dead Queen Elizabeth II on her final journey Scotland paid their respects. A hearse brought the monarch's body from her country home, Balmoral Castle in the Highlands, to Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sunday. There the convoy was met by crowds and an honor guard. The new King Charles III had previously spoken of his mother's "last great journey". spoken. The Queen died at Balmoral on Thursday at the age of 96.

In villages and towns, crowds of people silently lined the streets. Some cried, some threw flowers on the street as the column rolled by at a slow pace. In Edinburgh spontaneous applause and cheers also erupted on the Royal Mile.

The funeral journey south, which under other circumstances would take a direct route with the automobile is actually only around two and a half hours long, lasted around six hours and led, among other things, through the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee. In the afternoon the convoy reached the Royal Residence Palace of Holyroodhouse. Her daughter Princess Anne had accompanied the coffin in another car, and the Queen's sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were there on arrival.

The royal standard for Scotland was draped over the oaken coffin visible through the windows of the carriage. On it rested a wreath of plants, which on the royal estate grow: dahlias, phlox, fir, white heather and sweet peas - one of the queen's favorite flowers. Hundreds of bouquets of flowers that people had laid there lay at the gate of the castle. Hours before departure, hundreds had gathered along the route, some equipped with camping chairs, to pay their last respects to their queen.

Traditionally, the Queen withdrew to her Scottish country estate in the summer, this year she wanted to stay for around two months. She used to do a lot of hiking in the Highlands, chatting with local residents and tourists alike. She was considered a neighbor by the residents of the nearby town of Ballater.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the Queen. "A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty the Queen announced her beloved balmoral is leaving for the last time," Sturgeon wrote on Twitter.

Transfer to London on Tuesday

The Queen's coffin was to be laid out at Holyroodhouse Palace on Monday night before being taken to St Giles Cathedral in a procession on Monday. There, the monarch, his wife Queen Camilla and other royals attend a thanksgiving service. Afterwards, Scots will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the Queen in the church. The transfer to London is planned for Tuesday.

The Queen's eldest son was also officially crowned King Charles III in Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon. called out. As the cry of "God Save the King" rang out, a boo was also heard. Shortly before the announcement, a protester held up a sign that read, among other things, "Abolish the monarchy." She was taken away by police officers.

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