British royal family: Scots bid farewell to the Queen


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Scots bid 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

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Queen Elizabeth II spent her final hours deep in the Scottish Highlands. The way to her final resting place also leads her to Edinburgh. There the Scots can get pretty close to their coffin.

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II. the Scots can bid farewell to Her Majesty at the beginning of the week. After the transfer of her coffin from the Scottish country estate of Balmoral to Edinburgh, the body is to be driven through the city in a funeral procession today. The new king will also show up in Scotland.

The procession with the king leads from the royal residence Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the coffin was laid out for around 24 hours Charles III. to St. Giles Cathedral. There, the monarch, his wife Queen Camilla and other royals attend a service. Afterwards, the Scots have the opportunity to say goodbye to the Queen in the church.

The monarch will in Edinburgh also received the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. He and his wife Camilla also want to receive expressions of condolence in the Scottish Parliament, after they wanted to do so in Parliament in London in the morning. His trip to Scotland is part of Operation Spring Tide, which envisages visits by Charles as the new king to all four parts of Britain.

Thousands of people on the side of the road

On Sunday, a hearse brought the coffin with the monarch from her country seat balmoral in the Highlands, where the 96-year-old died on Thursday, in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. There the convoy was met by crowds and an honor guard. Charles had previously spoken of his mother's "last big trip".

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. Spontaneous applause and cheers also erupted on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. 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.

transfer to London on Tuesday

The transfer by plane to London is planned for Tuesday, where the deceased is to be laid out for several days. From Wednesday, the coffin with the body will be on a so-called catafalque - a kind of plateau - in Westminster Hall of the London Parliament building. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are expected.

The British government recommends that mourners bring weatherproof clothing, enough provisions, a mobile phone power bank and a lot of patience. Until the day of the state funeral on September 19, the British public will have 24 hours a day to pay their Queen one last visit and say goodbye. However, a lot of time must be planned for this. "You have to stand for many hours, probably overnight, with little opportunity to sit down because the line will continue to move," says the Ministry of Culture's information on the processes. You should think twice about bringing children. Road closures and disruptions to the transport network are also to be expected.

The state funeral, to which Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also wants to travel, is scheduled for September 19. The British get an extra holiday for this. Until then, national mourning applies, official events and parliamentary operations are suspended.

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