King Charles, William and Harry join queen’s coffin procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

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LONDON — Departing Buckingham Palace for the last time, Queen Elizabeth II was escorted by a grand royal procession carrying her coffin atop a gun carriage and past London’s landmarks to the historic hall where she will lie in state until her funeral next week.

Her son Charles , the new king, walked behind the coffin along with his siblings, while Princes William and Harry walked side by side.

Cloaked by the royal standard and adorned by her crown, the queen's coffin was flanked by uniformed soldiers along a ceremonial route lined by flags and vast crowds in the British capital, with Big Ben tolling and guns firing every minute.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners from across the country will then have their final chance to file past at Westminster Hall and say goodbye to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Here’s what to know for Wednesday:

  • The queen's coffin was taken in a gun carriage procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Princes William and Harry joined their father, the queen's other children and more royals in following the queen's procession.
  • A short service was led by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury — the head of the Church of England and the ceremonial leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion — assisted by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle.
  • The public has started filing past the queen's coffin to pay their final respects, with hundreds of thousands expected to say their farewells in the following days.

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William and Kate head to Sandringham to see tributes

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The new Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, will visit Sandringham on Thursday to take in the floral tributes left in honor of Queen Elizabeth.

On Friday, the couple was joined by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at Windsor Castle to see a large flower memorial for their grandmother.

Another royal pair, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will head to Manchester to view floral tributes and a book of condolence.

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Macron to new king: 'Link between France and the United Kingdom is unbreakable'

French President Emmanuel Macron reached out to England's new monarch Wednesday, offering King Charles III France’s condolences for the death of his mother.

On a social media post that detailed the call, Macron also confirmed that he would attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral Monday in London.

"The link between France and the United Kingdom is unbreakable," he said on Twitter. "We will continue to strengthen it, following the path laid out by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."

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Nine-hour wait and back pain 'worth it' to see queen, mourner says

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Fiona Rankine, 61, of Milton Keynes, England, says her back is still hurting after a nine-hour wait Monday to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.

Rankine traveled more than six hours to view the procession at Edinburgh, Scotland. When she arrived at Holyrood Palace, she picked a spot where she waited for hours anticipating the motorcade’s moving the queen’s coffin from the palace to St. Giles’ Cathedral.

“I just felt this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to show my respects," she said.

Rankine said she felt certain that the thousands of mourners waiting with her shared her sentiment. She said there was a sea of silence and tranquility when the hearse went by with King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walking behind.

“Although I didn’t come with anyone, you felt you had made new friends,” she said. “The moment we all got into St. Giles' was the most amazing and moving experience. It was so, so quiet. I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I got close to the coffin. It was so unreal that our beautiful queen was inside.”

Rankine said the waiting and the back pain were “all worth it” and that it will go down as an experience she will “never forget.” 

Kenya's new president: Commonwealth will work to ensure 'we leave nobody behind'

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s new president says the fact that Queen Elizabeth II assumed the role of Britain’s monarch while visiting Kenya 70 years ago is “very sentimental” for the people of his country.

William Ruto spoke as signed a condolence book for the queen at the British High Commission in Nairobi. He congratulated King Charles III, who assumed the throne after his mother's death.

Ruto was inaugurated Tuesday. At Wednesday’s signing, he also spoke about the evolving role of the Commonwealth, a political association made up primarily of former British colonies.

The 56-member association “is going to play a much more central role in the economies of our countries and making sure that we leave nobody behind,” Ruto said.

As monarch, Elizabeth was head of the Commonwealth, a role that also has now passed to Charles.

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Polish lawmakers honor Queen Elizabeth II

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Poland’s lawmakers have honored Queen Elizabeth II with a resolution that describes her as a “meaningful figure for the reborn, democratic Poland.”

The queen visited Poland in 1996 and addressed the country’s Parliament. She was awarded Poland’s highest distinction, the Order of the White Eagle.

The resolution approved Wednesday noted that she supported the nation’s accession to NATO in 1999 and to the European Union in 2004.

King Charles’ staff told during queen’s mourning period that they could lose their jobs

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LONDON — Dozens of household staff members who served  King Charles III  while he was heir to  Britain’s throne  have been told they could lose their jobs, according to one of the United Kingdom’s leading labor unions, which said the move would be “heartless.”

Charles, who  succeeded his mother on her death last Thursday , and  Camilla, the queen consort , will move to the monarch’s main official residence,  Buckingham Palace . That means the royal couple will leave  Clarence House , Charles’ London home and office for decades. 

As a result, the Public and Commercial Services Union said in  a statement , up to 100 employees, “including some who have worked there for decades, received notification that they could lose their jobs following his accession to the throne.” 

“We believe the decision to announce redundancies in the Royal Household during the period of national mourning is nothing short of heartless,” the statement said. 

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Thousands line up to say goodbye

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Mourners file into Westminster Hall to pay their respects

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Members of the public began filing into Westminster Hall on Wednesday evening to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who is lying in state.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to say their farewells during the following days, and ahead of the funeral Monday.

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More than 320 military personnel took part in procession

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More than 320 military personnel took part in Wednesday's procession carrying the queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster, according to the British Army.

Among the military personnel involved were 170 from the Household Division.

As the late monarch lies in state at Westminster Hall, "a continuous vigil" will be kept, the army said.

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Each period of 24 hours will be divided into four watches, it said. Except for the first and last, each of the 20 watches will last for six hours and within each watch, a vigil will last for 20 minutes, the army said.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan inside the Palace of Westminster

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Royal family tweets aerial photo of procession

The royal family's official Twitter account marked today's procession with an aerial photo of the queen’s coffin being carried from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

Sinn Fein leader to attend the queen's funeral

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Michelle O’Neill, the vice president of Sinn Fein, will attend the queen's funeral, according to a spokesperson for the Irish republican party.

Her appearance signals how far Northern Ireland has come since the height of the “troubles,” the term used to describe three decades of violence between those who wanted Northern Ireland to join the Republic of Ireland and those who wanted it to remain part of the United Kingdom.

No pets, flowers or chairs: What you can't bring into Westminster Hall

Those looking to pay their respects to the queen have been warned that there is a strict list of items they can and cannot bring with them as they enter the Palace of Westminster.

Among the items they cannot bring are:

  • Bags larger than 40 centimeters x 30 centimeters x 20 centimeters (around 11.81 inches x 15.75 inches x 7.87 inches) in size.
  • Flasks or water bottles, except clear water bottles, which must be emptied before reaching security, and food and liquid of any kind.
  • Flowers and other tribute items, including candles, soft toys and photographs, as well as banners, placards, flags and marketing messages.
  • Chairs, folding chairs and other seating equipment.
  • Sharp items, “including knives, Swiss Army knives, scissors, cutlery and screwdrivers.”
  • A wide range of other items are also banned, including paint sprays, padlocks, chains, climbing gear, fireworks and whistles.
  • Finally, pets and other animals are not allowed to enter, with the exception of guide dogs, hearing dogs and other official assistance dogs.

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Biden speaks with King Charles III, White House says

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President Joe Biden spoke with King Charles III to offer his condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the White House said in a readout Wednesday.

"The President recalled fondly the Queen’s kindness and hospitality, including when she hosted him and the First Lady at Windsor Castle last June. He also conveyed the great admiration of the American people for the Queen, whose dignity and constancy deepened the enduring friendship and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom," the White House said.

Biden also "conveyed his wish to continue a close relationship with the King," the statement added.

Charles departs service to chants of 'God save the king'

King Charles and the queen consort have departed Westminster Hall, departing from New Palace Yard.

Shouts of "God save the king" could be heard as they drove off. The king could later be seen waving.

They will be traveling to either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House by car.

Archbishop of Canterbury opens service with a reading from the Bible

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby began the service at Westminster Hall with an opening prayer and reading from the Book of John, 14:1-6.

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you," it reads.

"I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

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The queen's coffin placed in Westminster Hall

The queen's coffin has been carried into Westminster Hall to the somber sounds of a live choir.

The coffin is being placed on the catafalque, which is the raised platform the coffin rests on, by the Household Cavalry and the King's Body Guard.

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What music has been playing during the procession?

The procession carrying the queen's coffin to Westminster Hall will be an unforgettable moment for many — and it comes with a soundtrack.

The Band of the Scots Guards and the band of the Grenadier Guards, one of the oldest military bands in the world, played at least six different funeral marches during the procession.

The marches that were expected to be played are:

Beethoven — Funeral March No.1

Beethoven — Funeral March No.3

Mendelsohn’s — Funeral March

Chopin’s — Funeral March

Beethoven — Funeral March No.2

The queen was not a gentle figurehead for many in former colonies

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NEW DELHI — Just hours after the world learned that  Queen Elizabeth II  was dead, Twitter feeds across India exploded with angry demands for the repatriation of a precious  diamond called the Kohinoor , which has become a symbol of Britain’s often bloody history of colonial conquest and rule.

The British government has denied stealing the Kohinoor diamond and has repeatedly refused to return it to India. And to millions across the Indian subcontinent, the diamond — one of the most famous in the world — has become a symbol of a colonial past.

The demands reflected anger over the history of colonization amid the outpouring of sympathy that followed  Elizabeth’s death last Thursday  at age 96. Among many residents of former British colonies, such as India and Kenya, the reaction to her death ranged from benign interest to anger and disdain.

At its height, the United Kingdom controlled the largest empire in history, ruling over an estimated 20% of the world’s population and occupying around a quarter of the Earth’s landmass. The era was marked by famines, massacres and grinding poverty in the resource-rich countries that were colonized by the British Empire.

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Mourners watch Queen Elizabeth's coffin move along the Mall

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What happens when queen's coffin arrives at Westminster Hall?

The procession carrying the queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall is underway. Here's what happens once the queen's coffin arrives:

The coffin is set to enter the Palace of Westminster through New Palace Yard. It will then be carried to the catafalque by the Bearer Party, where the late monarch will lie in state.

King Charles, Princes William and Harry and other members of the royal family will follow the coffin into Westminster Hall, where a short service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury , assisted by the Dean of Westminster.

Later, mourners will be able to file past and pay their respects, with thousands of people expected to make the journey to say farewell to Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

'Yogi' the horse helps lead gun team carrying queen's coffin

A horse affectionately known as Yogi is helping lead the gun team carrying queen's coffin.

Capt. Amy Cooper, 31, was selected by the commanding officer of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to lead the gun team, according to Britain's defense ministry.

She is riding the horse, which has an official name of Lord Firebrand.

Cooper and her team were recently selected as the best gun team of 2021, and the queen presented the team with a silver plate, the defense ministry said.

Why Princes Andrew and Harry are not in military uniforms

As Prince Andrew walks beside King Charles III, Princess Anne and the Duke of Wessex in the funeral procession for his mother, he is the only one of the four siblings not to be wearing a military uniform.

The  queen stripped Andrew of his military titles  in January and a statement from the palace at the time said that he would no longer undertake royal duties. The decision came after a civil trial that accused him sexual abuse. He settled the case in February .

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He will, however, wear his military uniform during a final vigil in Westminster Hall, according to the king's spokesperson.

Walking behind his father and uncle, Prince Harry also did not appear in military uniform. He split from his family in February 2021 , when he said he would no longer serve as a working member of the royal family, meaning he would stop participating in official duties.

Imperial State Crown sits atop coffin draped with Royal Standard

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The yellow and red Royal Standard flag draped Queen Elizabeth II’s casket as it traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday. On top of the adorned coffin sat the Imperial State Crown, which was placed on a purple velvet cushion alongside a wreath of flowers.

"The Imperial State Crown is the crown that the monarch wears as they leave Westminster Abbey after the coronation. It is also used on other state occasions including the annual state opening of Parliament," according to the Historic Royal Palaces website.

The crown is made of gold and set with2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls, and 4 rubies, it states. It further includes some of the most famous jewels in the collection, including the Black Prince’s Ruby, the Stuart Sapphire and the Cullinan II diamond.

"St Edward’s Sapphire, set in the center of the topmost cross, is said to have been worn in a ring by St Edward the Confessor and discovered in his tomb in 1163," according to the website.

King Charles and Prince William walk behind queen's coffin

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King Charles and his siblings march in somber procession behind the queen

King Charles III and his three siblings marched in a silent and somber procession behind the queen’s coffin as it was taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the queen will lie in state until her funeral Monday. 

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As thousands of mourners lined the route, Charles was joined by his sons, William and Harry, brothers Andrew and Edward and sister, Anne, and other members of the royal family and the military. 

Marching band music accompanied the procession, with Big Ben tolling at one-minute intervals and guns in Hyde Park fired.

Military members lead procession

The procession carrying the queen's coffin to Westminster Hall is underway.

The coffin was pulled by The King's Troops Royal Horse Artillery after being carried from the Bow Room in Buckingham Palace to the gun carriage. It will now be transported to Westminster Hall.

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Over 1,000 stewards, volunteers and police on hand as thousands line up to pay respects.

More than 1,000 stewards, volunteers, marshals and police will be on hand at any given time in London to help deal with the thousands of people expected to line up to pay their respects to the queen, according to No. 10 Downing St. officials.

Around 779 professional stewards will be on shift, assisted by around 100 volunteer marshals, 40 adult scouts, 30 members of the first aid nursing Yeomanry, in addition to police officers, officials said.

Members of the Red Cross will also be available to assist mourners, along with others, including sign language interpreters, they said.

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Procession of queen's coffin to get underway

The procession taking the queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall is about to get underway.

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The Mall in London stands empty ahead of the queen's procession

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Queen's lying-in-state will be livestreamed

The BBC will air a dedicated livestream of the queen lying in state for those who want to pay their respects, but who will not be able to make the journey in person.

"The service will be offered globally for those who want to pay their respects but cannot travel to London or are physically unable to queue," the broadcaster said .

The livestream will be available from 5 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) on a number of platforms, including the broadcaster's homepage and internationally at  bbc.com/news .

Petition calling for 'Queen Elizabeth Day' gains more than 100K signatures

A petition calling for "Queen Elizabeth Day" to be an annual bank holiday in the U.K. has gained more than 100,000 signatures.

The petition, launched on change.org, proposes that Sept. 8, the day the queen died, be made an annual holiday. As of early Wednesday, it had more than 117,000 signatures.

"Queen Elizabeth II is our longest reigning monarch, and arguably the nation’s, and the world’s most popular monarch," the petition states.

“In the words of President Macron, 'To you, she was your Queen, to us, she was THE Queen… the most constant symbol of Great Britain,'" it states.

A glimpse at Westminster Hall's storied history

The queen's subjects will get to pay their final respects to the late monarch in a building that has played a central role in Britain's history.

Westminster Hall was built in 1097 under William II, the son of William the Conqueror, and completed two years later. At the time, it was the largest hall in England, and probably the largest in Europe.

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It was here that King Charles I's trial was held before he was executed in 1649. And it was here that King Charles III received the condolences of both houses of Parliament on Monday after the death of his mother.

At nearly 1,000 years old, Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate. Today, the Palace of Westminster serves as a meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of Parliament.

Crowds line up to see queen’s coffin procession and say final farewell

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Along the banks of the River Thames in Britain's capital — past landmarks and despite gloomy skies — crowds have gathered ahead of the slow and somber  royal procession  that will take  Queen Elizabeth II’s  coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament.

Some of them have waited days to file past the late monarch when   she lies in state under armed guard later in a continuous 24-hour operation at London’s historic Westminster Hall.

Vanessa Nanthakumaran was the first person to show up at the staging area across the river from Westminster Abbey, from which mourners are expected to file into the ancient building to say farewell to the only monarch most in the country will have ever known.

“I’m very happy that I’m going to be the first, but I didn’t set out to be the first,” said Nanthakumaran, 56, who said she is originally from Sri Lanka and now lives in London. She said she arrived at the spot near Lambeth Bridge around 11:30 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET).

“I just wanted to pay my respects and I knew there would be a lot of people who felt the same."

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Ursula von der Leyen remembers queen as a 'legend' in her state of the union address

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen remembered the queen's ability to speak "to the soul of the whole world" in a state of the union address she delivered Wednesday.

“As we look around at the state of the world today, it can often feel like there is a fading away of what once seemed so permanent," she said. "And in some way, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last week reminded us of this."

“She is a legend," von der Leyen said. "She was a constant throughout turbulent and transforming events in the last 70 years, stoic and steadfast in her service."

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The European Commission president said the queen “found the right words for every moment in time,” from the World War II to the Covid pandemic.

"When I think of the situation we are in today, her words at the height of the pandemic still resonate with me," von der Leyen said.

"She said: 'We will succeed — and that success will belong to every one of us.'"

Japan says emperor and empress ‘asked’ to attend funeral, no plans for Kishida to attend

The emperor and empress of Japan will be asked to represent the nation at the queen's funeral, the country's main government spokesperson said Wednesday.

There are, however, no plans for other officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, to attend the proceedings in London, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said during a routine press briefing.

“The royal family of the United Kingdom and the imperial family of Japan have always had a close relationship,” the spokesperson said. “In particular, Queen Elizabeth had exchanges across three generations during her 70 years on the throne with the Emperor Showa, Emperor Emeritus and His Majesty the Emperor.”

The final decision on whether the Japanese royals will be attending the funeral will be made Friday, Matsuno said.

King arrives at Buckingham Palace

The king has arrived at Buckingham Palace, where he will prepare to lead a procession taking the queen's coffin from the palace to Westminster Hall. The queen will lie in state there for three days as people pay their respects.

A car appearing to carry the king could be seen heading up The Mall toward the palace after departing Clarence House, which has been his official residence for years.

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A crowd waiting outside the palace cheered and waved as the new monarch arrived.

Indian president to attend queen's funeral

Indian President Droupadi Murmu will attend the queen's funeral next week on behalf of the country, India's ministry of external affairs announced in a statement Wednesday.

“In the 70 years of reign of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, India-UK ties have evolved, flourished and strengthened immensely. She played an important role in the welfare of millions of people around the world as Head of the Commonwealth,” the statement read.

India, a former British colony, held a day of state mourning for the queen earlier this week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the queen as "a stalwart of our times" following her death.

World leaders from across the globe are expected to attend next Monday’s proceedings.

5 million people tracked queen's final flight, breaking record

A record-breaking five million people tracked the queen's final flight as her coffin was flown from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday, according to Flightradar24, an online plane tracking platform.

“Between web, apps, and live stream, 5 million people followed the flight from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt on Flightradar24,” the platform tweeted, referring to the Royal Air Force flight carrying the queen's coffin.

Up to six million people attempted to track the flight on the platform as the aircraft was taking off, but the influx of people destabilized the platform, according to a statement on its website.

“Based on our experience last month, we expected a large influx of users, but this immediate, massive spike was beyond what we had anticipated,” it added, referring to the over two million viewers who tracked U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial flight to Taipei in early August.

Procession for queen evokes memories of Diana

As Princes William and Harry join their father, the king, in today's procession taking the queen's casket from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, many will be reminded of a similar walk the two brothers took 25 years ago, as they marked the death of their own mother, Princess Diana .

William and Harry followed Diana's casket as it was driven through the streets of London during her funeral procession on Sept. 6, 1997.

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Harry later spoke about the distress he suffered during the procession, saying in a past interview with Newsweek : "No child should be asked to do that." He said the events of that day can still overwhelm him.

William and Harry also walked in the funeral procession for Prince Philip , who died last year at age 99.

Hong Kongers line up for hours to sign condolences book for queen

Hundreds of mourners in Hong Kong lined up for hours in record heat this week outside the city’s British Consulate to pay their respects to the queen.

The British consulate in the former colony on Tuesday extended opening hours for the queen’s condolences book to accommodate “the exceptional numbers wishing to pay respects to Her Late Majesty,” it said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The consulate also advised mourners to bring water and wear “appropriate clothing” as the wait could extend over three hours.

Many in Hong Kong still feel an affinity to the British crown. The city was under British rule for over 150 years until it was handed back to Beijing in 1997 .

Australia names Sydney square in honor of the queen

Australia has named a new square in central Sydney in honor of the queen's life of service.

“We’re here to announce that where we are standing will become Queen Elizabeth II Place," Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced at the site at Hyde Park Barracks on Tuesday.

“This is a great global city and we need to make the most of it, this plan will do that,” he added, saying the new plans will “commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth II.”

Albanese will leave on Thursday for London to join other world leaders for the queen's funeral next week.

Mourners join line to view Queen Elizabeth lying in state

Members of the public join the queue to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral in London on Wednesday.

Route for mourners lining up to pay respects at the Palace of Westminster

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Thousands of mourners are expected to line up today to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II , who will lie in state at Westminster Hall until Monday.

The route for the approximately four-mile line will start at the Albert Embankment on the south side of the River Thames and continue all the way to Southwark Park, according to the U.K.’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, or DCMS.

Once mourners have passed through the start of the line, they’ll be led across Lambeth Bridge into Victoria Tower Gardens, where they’ll be put through airport-style security before they enter the palace. There will also be a separate accessible route for those who need it.

The state viewing will open to the public Wednesday at 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET), and it will be open 24 hours a day until 6:30 a.m. Monday, when her funeral is expected to take place in Westminster Abbey.

Those planning to attend the viewing, especially those with medical conditions, “are encouraged to check the guidance, plan accordingly and be prepared for significant wait times, including possibly overnight," DCMS said. Over 1,000 volunteers and Metropolitan Police officers will be on the ground to assist mourners and keep them safe, DCMS said.

What to expect on Wednesday

The queen’s coffin will be taken in a gun carriage procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the late monarch will lie in state on Wednesday.

Princes William and Harry are expected to join their father, the king, in the procession, along with other senior members of the royal family. 

Big Ben is expected to toll at one-minute intervals throughout the duration of the procession, while guns in Hyde Park are expected to be fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to deliver a short service once the queen’s coffin arrives at Westminster Hall. 

Later, the public will be allowed into Westminster Hall to file past and pay their respects to the late queen, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to line up over the next four days. 

Mourners and onlookers gathered in Hyde Park to watch the Queen’s funeral.

‘Now we have her no longer’: the crowds on the Queen’s final journey

As the coffin made the short trip to Westminster Abbey before heading on to the palace then Windsor, many were determined to pay their respects

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A s the Queen’s coffin emerged from Westminster Hall just before eleven o’clock for the short, slow journey to her funeral service at Westminster Abbey, the thousands who had gathered at Parliament Square, on Whitehall, and along the Mall, gradually fell into silence. The companionable chatter stilled, some climbed to their feet from folded chairs. Some bowed their heads.

Many, even among those who had been there all night, were dressed in black, others wore a chestful of medals or a union jack waistcoat, or wrapped themselves in a flag. There were woolly beanies and black fascinators, selfie sticks and a few stepladders.

Each had come for his or her own reason: to express personal sadness at the Queen’s death, to represent absent family members who would have wanted to be there – or just to be part of a big day. Janine Cleere from Wiltshire had camped out all night on the Mall, sharing a single sleeping bag with two friends against the September chill in order to be “part of history”.

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“She’s all we have ever known and now we have her no longer,” she said. “It’s very sad.”

For Christina Burrows, who had bagged a spot next to a bollard on Whitehall, it was important to come. “I’ve always seen her as a beacon. During lockdown, when she said ‘We’ll meet again’, that was wonderful. It gave me a lot of hope. I wanted to be here for her like she was for us.”

As she spoke, she sighed and clapped her hands to her face. “Oh God, I can’t believe it. There will never be another day like this in our lives.”

For some, the early start and long, long wait had taken its toll. Having left home in Northampton at 4am, passing some of the hours by counting the windows in Buckingham Palace, seven-year-old Esther Young dropped off on the lap of a family friend just as the long-awaited service began.

Esther Young dropping off in a friends lap

A million people had been expected to come to central London on Monday. Many tens of thousands had done so already in the strange days since she died, queueing for hours along the Southbank in a display of self-consciously British resilience of which the late monarch herself would surely have been proud.

Late on Sunday the queue was closed, and at 6.30am Chrissy Heerey, a serving member of the RAF from Melton Mowbray, became the very last member of the public to pass by the coffin in Westminster Hall. It was, she said, “one of the highlights of my life … I feel very privileged to be here”.

Cara Jennings, 52, from Minster in Kent camped for five nights to get a good view on the Mall. She’s jealously guarding her spot at the front of the railings.

Outside, some were going to work or coming home from a bank holiday night out; others were preparing for a big day ahead. Outside Buckingham Palace those who had camped out for days were desperately trying to hold on to their spots in the front row. Cara Jennings, 52, from Minster in Kent was wrapped in a blanket after her fifth night camping by Green Park.

With her mobility scooter parked beside her pop up blue tent, she tried to guard her position at the front row of the railing on the Mall. “I just wanted to get a perfect spot to pay my respects to a lovely woman,” she said. Jennings said her grandmother and great-grandmother had worked for the queen as cleaners and that her five children thought it was “brilliant” that she’d made the pilgrimage.

Not everyone who arrived here before dawn is an ardent fan. Antonis Manvelides, 24, and Jess Nash, 24, have come to the Mall on their fourth date.

Not everyone was there as an ardent royalist. Antonis Manvelides, 24, and Jess Nash, 24, had come to the Mall on their fourth date, walking from Nash’s flat in Pimlico at 4am to be there. “I forced him to come,” Nash, who works for a tech startup, said. “We just wanted to see and be with the UK and be part of the atmosphere.”

But there was no doubting that for many others it was a moment of genuine and deep emotion. The mood was quiet, broken by the occasional cheer as the police officers on the Mall, trying to entertain the crowds, rode their horses up to the barriers.

Amrit Nagy and her mother, Meena, had woken at 5.30am to travel to London from East Ham, the younger woman clutching a candle which she had designed and which she hoped to leave near Buckingham Palace.

They had also attended the funeral of the Queen Mother and the now Prince and Princess of Wales’s royal wedding. Compared with that event, said Amrit, “It’s not as loud, and everyone is more respectful. She appreciated the Queen as “the grandmother of the nation”, she said.

Sarah Merrick with her children, and best friend

Sarah Merrick had left home in Hampshire early in the morning to secure a spot for her best friend, their children, and their camping chairs. A veteran of the big occasions, Merrick also camped out for the Princess Royal’s wedding in 1972, the Jubilee in 1977, and again for Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981.

She would have slept overnight again for the funeral, but was unable to because of her foster carer responsibilities – she’s planning to make up for it at the King’s coronation, when she will sleep out for two nights, she insisted.

The royals, she said, “offer a lot to this country. I have so much respect. The Queen has been there all my life – it’s weird referring to the King now.” As for the crowd, “People are mostly kind, but there’s a bit of pushing and shoving.”

On Whitehall, too, there was a little anxiety about securing a good viewpoint. “The difficulty is you always think there might be a better view 100 metres away,” said Robert Madeley, who along with his friend Christopher Clowes had come from Leicestershire in full morning dress – “it’s what she would have wanted” – with a box of flapjacks in hand.

Entertaining the children with a game of cards

Parents lifted their children above the throng of crowds to catch a glimpse, while others sought to keep their tired offspring entertained with iPads and games of Top Trumps. One youngster in need of the toilet asked anxiously: “We’re not going to lose our place, are we Daddy?”

The funeral demanded the largest security operation ever seen in London, and careful marshalling of the crowds. With so many world leaders attending, police had over the weekend gradually extended a secure cordon around Westminster Abbey, meaning the nearest members of the public were several hundred metres away. It meant that the delicate choreography of the arrival of the Queen’s coffin and its slow passage into the abbey was watched only by the cameras, and a handful of media on a temporary wooden stand.

While the service was broadcast on speakers along the route, moving some to tears, others resumed chatting among each other during the service. As the congregation at its close sang the national anthem, the crowds on the Mall joined in – many, notably, singing God Save the Queen, doubtless for the last time.

Marion King, who had camped out with her sister since Saturday

Marion King had been in high spirits in the morning, celebrating her 59th birthday by camping out with her sister since Saturday. During the service, however, she “cried buckets”. “We were emotional when the children went past in the cars on the way to Westminster and when we listened to the service over the speakers.

“There was not a sound in the two minutes’ silence, you could hear a pin drop over here.”

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As the service ended, the crowd outside Buckingham Palace stayed almost silent, waiting for the procession to arrive and speaking only in hushed whispers, while gulls could be heard overhead.

For some of the youngest members of the crowd, however, it had been a very long wait. Several families used the children perched on their shoulders as look-outs for the anticipated moment when the coffin would pass and exchanging tips on how best to spot it. Others with strong enough internet signal followed the TV coverage on their smartphones.

As the gun carriage finally passed, with the King and other family members behind, there was a crush to the barriers, as people stood on chairs and held cameraphones high to capture the moment.

Others were overcome by the emotion of the day. “I can’t speak without crying,” said Paul Denham from Westbury in Wiltshire, who had watched the procession with his wife, Diana. “I am 62 and she’s been there for my whole life, and now she isn’t.”

Diana had struggled to get through “God Save the King,” she said. “My mum died 18 months ago and the Queen reminded me of my mum. They had what we thought were similar smiles.”

An emotional moment on the Mall

After a final, brief ceremony away from the public gaze at Wellington arch, the coffin was lifted from the gun carriage and placed in the state hearse for its final journey to Windsor.

Long after it had departed and the world’s leaders had been transported away in coaches in the manner of a very high-end school trip, 91-year-old Anne van Drimmelen was sitting contentedly in a chair by the front of the Parliament Square barriers, waiting for the crowds to clear.

Having attended the Queen’s coronation and the funeral of her father, George VI, van Drimmelen decided several days ago to travel from her village of Flore in Northamptonshire. “It was something I just wanted to see.”

She had been guarded during her two-day stay by a neighbour from home, Sharon Mayne (“We heard she was going and thought, she can’t go alone”) along with others she met in the queue, while police officers brought the elderly woman cups of tea.

Was the long wait worth it?

“When the gun carriage came out from parliament everyone suddenly went silent,” said Mayne. “You could hear a pin drop. It was a magical experience.”

In Windsor, meanwhile, dense crowds had gathered in the Great Park to witness what the BBC commentator Huw Edwards had referred to several times as the Queen’s journey “home”, to Windsor Castle.

It had been a long wait for many, but as the hearse, led by the Household Cavalry and escorted by members of the Grenadier Guards, turned into the historic, long parade that leads up to the castle, the crowd fell silent. Some applauded, while a great many others filmed the procession, the crowd so dense that many at the back could glimpse the procession only by lifting their phones high on selfie sticks. On its bonnet and roof were flowers that had been thrown by members of the public as it passed.

Jay Gallagher, 47, had travelled from Kettering, Northamptonshire, with his partner and son. Having served for six years as an infanteer in the Royal Anglians 2nd regiment, he referred to the Queen as his “boss”. “She was someone who I have always looked up to,” he said. “I served for her.”

Tep Crowder, 57, from the nearby village of Holyport, said he came to Windsor to see the Queen “for the last time”.

“The values she held make us who we are, she made us Britain,” he said. “She gave us a special place in the world. She showed us how to behave.” Without the Queen, Crowder said, there was a “sense of instability”, adding King Charles had “big shoes to fill”.

For Kirsty Jones, seeing the last part of the public journey had “really felt final”.

Clad with union flags and a toy Paddington bear, she had stayed overnight in a nearby hotel with her husband and their children, Amelia, 11, Hadley, nine, and Hattie, seven, after paying their respects in their home town of Sandringham, Norfolk.

“You do see more when you watch it on the television from home, but I wanted the children to actually be part of it and feel the sadness and the grief that everyone is feeling,” she said.

Her husband added: “It’s about making memories – somebody said on the television this morning that it marks the end of the postwar era – and it does feel like the end of an era.”

As the coffin passed beyond the crowds for the final time and into the grounds of the castle for her private committal service, it was greeted by the Queen’s favourite horse, Emma, while two of her corgis, Sandy and Muick, awaited her arrival at the chapel steps. First, though, it passed through a carpet of flowers, some of the many thousands of bunches that had been left by her subjects as a final mark of affection and respect from them to a cherished and remarkable Queen.

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September 11, 2022 / 7:30 PM EDT / CBS News

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II began her final journey.

From her favorite home, Balmoral Castle in the Scottish countryside, the Queen's cortege traveled to Edinburgh, where she'll lie in rest until Tuesday, before moving to London. Hundreds of thousands are expected to pay their last respects.

The British monarch, who reigned for over 70 years, passed away on Thursday.

Just two days earlier she'd met with Britain's new prime minister, as she had with every prime minister, going back to Winston Churchill. For decades she was arguably the glue that united this kingdom.

At 96, she'd been frail for months, but outside Buckingham Palace a shocked crowd immediately gathered. King Charles III was officially proclaimed the new sovereign yesterday. The death of their grandmother brought estranged brothers, Princes William and Harry, together again, briefly at least.

In his first address to the nation as king, Charles borrowed from Shakespeare to bid his mother farewell.

"May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest," he said.

After a state funeral on Monday the 19th, Queen Elizabeth will be laid to rest alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle, just outside London.

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Queen's final journey LIVE: Public line streets as Her Majesty's coffin leaves Balmoral for Edinburgh

The Queen's coffin will begin its journey to its final resting place when it travels from Balmoral to Edinburgh from 10am.

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Balmoral

Draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland and with a wreath of flowers on top, it has remained at rest in the Balmoral ballroom so the late monarch's loyal Balmoral estate workers can say their last goodbyes.

The oak coffin will be lifted into a hearse on Sunday by six of the estate's gamekeepers, who have been tasked with the symbolic gesture, ready for the six-hour journey to Edinburgh.

Follow the Scottish Express' live coverage of the event.

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Scottish political leaders pay tribute

As the Queen's coffin passed the Scottish Parliament, Scotland's political leaders assembled to pay their respects.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater and Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton stood on the pavement outside Holyrood as the hearse slowed.

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone and her deputies Liam MacArthur and Annabelle Ewing also lined the street to show their appreciation to the Queen.

As the leaders joined some of the thousands lining the streets in applause, the procession increased its speed into the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Journey completed!

The Duke of York, and the Duke and Duchess of Wessex, received the Queen's coffin at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh after a six-hour drive from Balmoral on Sunday.

The Queen's cortege received a guard of honour by the King's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers) as it entered the palace.

Queen arrives in Edinburgh

As the royal convoy travelled down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the crowd fell silent in respect for the Queen as her coffin passed.

Moments later, a round of applause and cheers broke out across the crowd.

Queen's cortege passes over Queensferry Crossing

The royal procession has passed over the Queensferry Crossing on its way to Edinburgh.

The convoy, led by the hearse carrying the Queen's coffin, crossed the River Forth from Fife around five-and-three-quarter hours after leaving Balmoral.

Up river from the original Forth road and rail crossings, the structure was officially opened by the Queen on September 4 2017, 53 years to the day after she opened the adjacent Forth Road Bridge.

Dundee reacts to Queen's coffin passing

There was tentative applause as the hearse passed hundreds of people gathered on a roundabout of the A90 outside Dundee.

One man called out "thank you, thanks you" as the coffin went by.

A hush descended on the waiting hundreds as the procession grew nearer.

Afterwards Gillian Nicholl, from St Andrews, who had come with her children Romy, 22, and Freya, 15, said: "It went very still and it was very atmospheric.

"I have never seen such a large crowd go so quiet. It was very sombre, there was a wee clap but it didn't feel right."

Freya said: "She was the last Queen we will see in our lifetime so this was definitely history-making and it was nice to be there."

Scots delight at being able to witness proclamation for King Charles in her home country

One well-wisher has described her delight at being able to witness the proclamation for the King in her home country.

Ann Hamilton, of Dumfries, said: "It might never happen again in my lifetime, so we just felt compelled to come today.

"We watched it on television the other day, but when it's happening in the capital city of Scotland, we felt that we just needed to come.

"It was amazing seeing it live. Being here to witness a big part of history was just amazing. Looking at the costumes that the people were wearing, it's just so historic. It's important to keep traditions."

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The Stone of Scone has travelled back and forth between Scotland and London many times over the centuries – and it is set to be moved yet again ahead of the coronation of King Charles III.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney says Scotland is 'absolutely central' to the Union

The Scottish Government - led by the SNP and supported by the Scottish Greens - wants to hold another referendum on taking Scotland out of the United Kingdom.

So TV viewers could be forgiven for being a little surprised when they heard the Deputy First Minister speaking so powerfully about Scotland's position in the UK.

Witnesses share their favourite moments of the proclamation of King Charles III

One visitor who watched the proclamation of King Charles III in Edinburgh said it was “pretty incredible” to witness the event.

Helen Smith, from Livingston, stood at the front of the barriers right next to the Mercat Cross.

She told the PA news agency: “I got here about 8am to get my spot.

“I came because it’s an event in history. I’ve only ever known one monarch, so I wanted to be here for it. Being quite close was pretty incredible, I could hear everything that went on. It was quite a spectacular sight to see.

“The whole atmosphere was a little bit surreal. With a large group of people, you expect a lot of noise but everything was really quiet as we just observed.

“My favourite bit was the first time we sang God Save The King, because we’ve only ever known singing God Save The Queen, so it’s a mind shift.”

Crowds gather along the A90.

Hundreds of people gathered along the A90 to wait for the procession carrying the Queen’s coffin to pay their respects to the late monarch.

Parked cars lined lay-bys along the main road just south of Dundee, where the cortege is expected to pass through later en route to Edinburgh.

Spectators could be seen sitting on embankments and gathering on bridges over the A90, with some waving Union flags.

King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace

The King has arrived at Buckingham Palace, where he will meet with Commonwealth general secretary Patricia Scotland.

Crowds lining the roads cheered and waved as his black car drove down The Mall and into the Palace gates accompanied by a motorcade of four cars and four police motorbikes.

Charles could be seen waving to people through the car windows.

Children sat on top of parents’ shoulders and people took photos as they watched the new sovereign arrive.

Crowds gathered in Edinburgh for the proclamation gasped as a protester booed and called for a republic.

Donald Maclaren, 64, of Livingston, said: “It’s very disrespectful, there is a time and a place if you want to protest, but this isn’t it.

“Somebody shouted ‘republic now’ then, when they were doing the three cheers, somebody was booing.

Liz Maclaren, 67, also branded it “disrespectful”, adding: “The boos sounded like one person.”

One 25-year-old from the capital, who said she did not want to be named, said: “It’s the public, it’s going to happen. It’s a public event there is always going to be someone doing something.”

One member of the audience, who was filming the service on his phone, turned to his friend in disbelief as the jeers began.

'God save the King!'

Giving his first proclamation at Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, The Lord Lyon King of Arms told the crowd: "God save the King." The crowd shouted back in celebration: "God save the King."

One person was heard booing throughout the cheers. The national anthem was then sung by the crowd, which was accompanied by music from the band.

After God Save The King was sung, people could be heard calling for a republic.

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The Lord Lyon King lead three cheers, saying "Hip hip", which the crowd then replied with "Hooray!"

One man was heard booing through the cheers, with other members of the crowd shouting back: "Oh shut up." A group of people were then heard laughing.

The proclamation was followed by a 21-gun salute from the city's castle moments later.

As the King's Body Guard for Scotland and the guard of honour made their way towards Edinburgh Castle, the crowd broke out into a round of spontaneous applause.

Anti-monarchy protestor disrupts the proclamation in Edinburgh

An anti-monarchy protester appeared at the Mercat Cross moments before the proclamation in Edinburgh. She held a sign which said: "F*** imperialism, abolish the monarchy."

Police appeared and then took her away moments later, and the crowd began to applaud. One man shouted: "Let her go! It's free speech!" while others shouted: "Have some respect."

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King Charles III is about to be proclaimed in Edinburgh

The King's Body Guard for Scotland, known as the Royal Company of Archers, and the guard of honour have marched from the Castle Esplanade to Mercat Cross.

They have been joined by soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, where a drill is taking place in front of the cross in Edinburgh.

Crowds gather in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town

Huge crowds have started to gather in front of the Mercat Cross ahead of the proclamation of King Charles III.

Thousands of people have lined the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, with dozens holding up their phones and cameras to take pictures of the cross.

Members of the City of Edinburgh Council were seen leaving the City Chambers wearing red robes.

A reminder of the route of the coffin

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Smiles and tears in Ballater

More photos from Ballater, where people gathered from early in the morning to see the Queen's coffin pass by. The images show a striking contrast, with a smiling young girl and another showing people overcome by emotion.

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The hearse is arriving in Banchory

Banchory is the first mid-sized town on the route since leaving Balmoral. It is home to around 7,400 people and is the largest town on Royal Deeside.

Ballater pays tribute as cortege moves through Royal Deeside

There was impeccable silence as the funeral procession passed through Ballater.

Well-wishers who had waited patiently for the opportunity to pay their respects bowed their heads while others saluted as the hearse drove slowly by.

Afterwards, Margaret MacKenzie, from Inverness, said: "It was very dignified. It was nice to see that a lot of people came out to support and pay their respects."

Guest house manager Victoria Pacheco said: "She meant such a lot to people in this area. People were crying, it was amazing to see."

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She said guests were overcome when news broke of the Queen's death last week.

Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes as she considered what she had just seen.

She said: "It was very emotional. It was respectful and showed what they think of the Queen. She certainly gave service to this country even up until a few days before her death."

Nicola Sturgeon says, 'Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman'

The First Minister of Scotland has called the Queen an "extraordinary" woman as the latter's coffin left Balmoral and started its journey to Edinburgh, where tributes will be made.

The Queen's coffin left Balmoral at about 10am and is to pass places including Aberdeen and Dundee before being laid at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

In a tweet, Nicola Sturgeon said: "A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty, The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the final time.

"Today, as she makes her journey to Edinburgh, Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman."

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Princess Anne is accompanying her mother

The Princess Royal and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence are accompanying the cortege on its six-hour journey through Scotland.

Princess Anne was reportedly at the Queen's bedside when she passed away on Thursday afternoon, along with her brother Prince Charles – now King Charles III.

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The cortege is arriving in Ballater

The main street of the town has been packed with mourners since 7am. To many people in Ballater, the Queen and the other members of the Royal Family were regarded as locals.

The coffin is expected to stop outside Glenmuick Churth for a short ceremony in the town famed for its connections to the Royals.

David Cameron looks back at his apology for letting slip the Queen's thoughts on Scottish independence

David Cameron has described how he had to apologise to the Queen after revealing details of one of their private conversations.

Microphones picked up the then prime minister recounting how the Queen "purred" down the telephone when he informed her of the result of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Mr Cameron told the BBC's Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme: "It was a very upfront and fulsome apology done very quickly at the beginning of an audience. I think that is all I should say.

"From ever onwards I have been more careful when cameras and microphones are around and I have learned my lesson." Asked if the Queen had told him off, Mr Cameron replied: "Obviously everything said at those meetings is entirely private."

First picture of the Queen's coffin leaving Balmoral for the final time

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The Royal Standard for Scotland

The Queen's oak coffin is draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, also known as the Banner of the King of Scots, or more commonly the Lion Rampant of Scotland.

The earliest recorded use of the Lion rampant as a royal emblem in Scotland was by Alexander II in 1222. Since 1603, the Lion rampant of Scotland has been incorporated into both the royal arms and royal banners of successive Scottish then British monarchs.

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The queen’s final journey: Mapping the plans for the coming days

In life, Queen Elizabeth II traveled a great deal , logging 285 state visits abroad. She is now on her final highly ceremonial journey — about 500 miles from her castle in Scotland to her final resting place in Windsor.

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The queen’s upcoming

500-mile journey

Aberdeenshire

Holyroodhouse,

St. Giles’

lies at rest

The queen’s coffin will make

the 400-mile trip from Scotland

to England via Royal Air Force

Westminster

Palace, London

RAF Northolt

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St. George’s

Procession via

The Long Walk

Distances are approximate.

The length of some procession lines

was adjusted for visibility.

Source: Buckingham Palace

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The queen’s upcoming 500-mile journey

The length of some procession lines was adjusted for visibility.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse,

The queen’s coffin will make the 400-mile trip

from Scotland to England via Royal Air Force

Queen is interred

The plans have been in place for decades but the exact schedule is still subject to change.

The queen died in Balmoral castle, a royal estate in the Scottish highlands bought for Queen Victoria by her husband in the nineteenth century. Queen Elizabeth is said to have loved the sprawling countryside home, where she spent summers playing with her beloved corgis, horseback riding and going on nature walks.

From there, her coffin was taken to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, where she lay in the famous Holyrood Palace, across from the Scottish parliament.

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The Queen’s

body will move

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Holyroodhouse

in Edinburgh

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The 16th century palace — Scotland’s official residence for the British monarch — contains the preserved living quarters of Mary, Queen of Scots, and is filled with elaborate tapestries and ornate furniture. It also boasts immaculate gardens and a collection of royal gems.

From Holyrood a procession took place along the capital’s royal mile to St. Giles’ Cathedral, which dates back to the middle ages and remains a popular tourist destination.

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After Scotland has paid its respects, the queen’s coffin was flown to London on Tuesday evening, accompanied by Princess Anne. The coffin arrived at RAF Northolt and traveled by hearse to Buckingham Palace, to rest in the Bow Room.

On Wednesday the queen’s coffin was taken in procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lie in state for several days.

After the funeral service at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19, the queen will be taken on a final procession down the Mall ending at Hyde Park Corner.

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The coffin will then move to Windsor Castle, where the queen spent weekends. There, the coffin will travel in a final procession to St. George’s Chapel, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Philip.

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Queen's final journey: The people from all walks of life who waited side-by-side for history to unfold before them

As the Queen's coffin passed by, the strains of state trumpeters in rehearsal for Monday's service of reflection could be heard, while on the rooftops, police marksmen watched on with binoculars, and springer spaniel sniffer dogs darted around the TV positions.

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People wait along the route that the Queens cortege, carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, will take along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. The coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II is being transported Sunday on a journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where it will lie at rest before being moved to London later in the week. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, there was a realisation among much of the crowd of thousands: history is not just in the past, but something you can witness in the present.

New university students waited patiently for hours alongside retirees and tourists from across the globe who had changed their plans to be there. At points, the hordes were 15 people deep.

"It's just so heartbreaking", said Laura Lang from Georgia, USA, as the cortege finally passed. "Look, I know the Queen is 'Britain'. But she's Queen of the world, right?"

There was a spontaneous ripple of applause as the hearse moved down The Royal Mile, past St Giles' Cathedral, the High Kirk of Scotland, where a 24-hour vigil is due to start on Monday evening.

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Crowds watch as the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, passes Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, as it continues its journey to the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Balmoral. (Ian Forsyth/Pool Photo via AP)

Watching over the scene in the city's Parliament Square, a statue of the fifth Duke of Buccleuch. He would have recognised many of the ceremonies we have all witnessed in previous days because in the 1800s he was part of them.

"It was very moving. We were just so glad we were here," said Patricia Parker, who is on holiday from Northampton. "I just thought it was so regal and precise. We'd never been to Scotland before."

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Joe Pike reports from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, on the crowds watching the Queen's cortège

The rain held off until after the cortege had passed, as preparations continued for the service of reflection due to take place at the cathedral on Monday afternoon.

A fanfare could be heard through the kirk doors - presumably the state trumpeters in rehearsal. On the roofs, police marksmen watched on with binoculars, while an explosive-detecting springer spaniel darted around the TV positions.

As the inevitable rain started to fall, the crowds headed in one direction: down towards the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen's coffin now lies at rest.

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