of Elizabeth II The flag-laden coffins make their final journey through the rugged Scottish countryside on Sunday From his beloved summer estate, Balmoral Castle, Londonmourners quietly lined the road, some throwing flowers in honor of the monarch Died after 70 years on the throne.
The hearse passed piles of bouquets and other tributes, leading a seven-vehicle convoy from Balmoral, where the queen died on Thursday, travel through the Scottish city to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, which takes 6 hours. The late Queen’s coffin, draped in Scottish royal standards, features a wreath of estate flowers, including one of the Queen’s favorite sweet peas.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “It is a sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the last time.” Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman today as she travels to Edinburgh.
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Crowds line up as the country mourns its longest-reigning monarch, the only one most Britons know. In the Scottish village of Ballater, where locals consider the royal family their neighbor, hundreds of people saw a hearse pass by.
“She means so much to the people of this region. People are crying and it’s unbelievable,” said Victoria Pacheco.
In every town and village, the procession encountered similar scenes of silent reverence. The people were mostly silent. Some cheered politely, while others pointed to their phone cameras.
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Before reaching the Scottish capital, the entourage toured places steeped in Windsor House history, including Days, where the Queen officially opened Britain’s first North Sea pipeline in 1975, and St Andrews, where her little -son William is now near the university in Fife. The Prince of Wales studied and met his future wife, Catherine.
In Ballater, the Reverend David Barr said locals view the royals as “neighbors” and try to see them as locals when they spend summers in the Scottish Highlands.
He said that when Elizabeth arrived at her estate, the Royal Family spent most of their time outdoors. “She was able to be a wife, a loving wife, a loving mother, a loving grandmother, then a loving great-grandmother – and an aunt – and be normal.”
Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes after the hearse passed through Bharat.
” It is very moving. It’s respect,” she said. “She certainly served this country, even up to the days before her death.”
The Queen’s coffin will be transported to nearby St. Giles Cathedral from Monday until Tuesday, when it will be flown to London. The coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on Wednesday ahead of the state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.
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On the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Joe Biden paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II for her support for America on that fateful day.
In a speech at the Pentagon, Biden quoted the Queen’s message to the United States shortly after the September 11 attacks: “Grief is the price we pay for love.
Earlier Sunday, Biden said he had not spoken to King Charles III since his mother’s death.
“I spoke to him many times, but I haven’t spoken to him since he became king,” Biden told reporters as he left Delaware to return to Washington for the 9/11 commemoration.
Biden plans to travel to London for the Queen’s funeral.
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He will be proclaimed king on Sunday in the rest of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and in cities and towns across the country.
While he was mourning Elizabeth, Charles went to work. He met at Buckingham Palace with the Secretary-General and other representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations, whose affection for the Queen and lingering resentment of their own colonial heritage, from slavery to corporal punishment in the African schools to artefacts looted from the held British institution.
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who began laying the foundations for Australia’s republic after May’s election, said on Sunday now was not the time for change, but for paying tribute to the late Queen.
The former British colony of India has held a day of national mourning, with flags flying at half mast in all government buildings across the country.
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