The Queen’s last journey from her beloved Scotland

The Queen leaves Scotland for the last time as her coffin is transported from Edinburgh to London before being transported to Buckingham Palace by hearse – where she will be received by King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The sound of trumpets filled the streets as Her Majesty’s coffin – which was draped in the Royal Scots Standard and adorned with a large wreath – was carried out of St Giles’ Cathedral by kilt-wearing pallbearers after 4.15pm in a hearse, then boarded up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

A guard of honor from the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland and pipers followed the cortege to Edinburgh Castle and to the airport at Edinburgh Airport.

A sea of ​​thousands of mourners – including young schoolgirls wearing tartan and waving Union flags – packed the capital’s small streets, erupted in cheers as on The Scottish flag, the Saltaire, flies at half-mast from the top of a building. The huge crowd of men, women and children continued to applaud the monarch as the last company of soldiers followed the procession.

At Edinburgh Airport, the Queen will be greeted by the Royal Regiment of Scotland with a royal salute before a Royal Air Force group is on hand to carry the coffin on board the aircraft – an RAF Globemaster C-17 – accompanied by her daughter The Princess Royal, who is traveling with his late mother from Balmoral on Sunday.

The RAF aircraft is due to take off from the runway in Edinburgh at 18:00 before landing at RAF Northolt in west London at 18:55.

The pallbearers will then carry the Queen’s coffin from the plane to the waiting state hearse to begin the journey along the A40 road to Buckingham Palace, where tens of thousands of mourners are expected to gather to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty.

When she arrives at the palace, another guard of honor will be formed by the Royal Guard as the casket arrives at the Grand Entrance. The king will be joined by Camilla as he receives his mother’s coffin at Buckingham Palace, where she spent so many of her decades as sovereign. The monarch’s son Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will also be there.

The pallbearers carry Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to the hearse as they prepare to leave St Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen’s coffin is carried in a hearse by pallbearers outside St Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen’s coffin was carried in a hearse from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin makes its way up the Royal Mile

Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Lawrence arrive at St Giles Cathedral

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, arrives at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

The Queen’s coffin was carried in a hearse from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers carry Queen Elizabeth’s coffin into Edinburgh

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, arrives at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

The Royal Company of Fusiliers, the King’s bodyguard for Scotland, stand guard outside St Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen’s coffin is carried by pallbearers outside St Giles’ Cathedral today

A member of the Guard of Honor marches into St Giles Cathedral

Crowds wave in front of the coffin carrying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as it leaves St Giles’ Church

King Charles III waves as he leaves St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast during his visit to Northern Ireland

Official details of the lay queue route will be released at 10pm tonight, but this is the predicted route

It comes as King Charles III pledged to “seek the welfare” of all the people of Northern Ireland and described how his family felt their “pain” as he praised his mother’s connection to Northern Ireland.

Charles, who in 2015 made a pilgrimage to the site of his uncle Lord Mountbatten’s killing in an IRA bomb attack, said the Queen “never stopped praying for better times for this place and its people”.

Speaking at Hillsborough Castle in Co Down, the royal residence in Northern Ireland, the new monarch said the late Queen was aware of her position in bringing together divided communities “that history has divided”.

The King later shook hands with Irish President Michael Higgins after a memorial service for the late Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

The King, responding at Hillsborough Castle to a message of condolence on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland from Stormont Speaker Alex Maskey, said: “All these years she never stopped praying for better times for this place and for his people, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family had experienced, and for whom she had great affection and respect.

“My mother felt deeply, I know, the importance of the part she herself played in bringing together those whom history had separated, and in lending a hand to make possible the healing of long-standing hurts.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin crosses Dean Bridge

The Queen’s coffin is carried in a hearse up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Airport as a sea of ​​mourners looks on

Thousands of mourners packed the small streets of Edinburgh as the Queen left Scotland for the last time

The hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is seen on the Royal Mile

Members of the public gather to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin leave St Giles’ Cathedral

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves St Giles’ Cathedral

Watched by his queen consort, Prime Minister Liz Truss, and dignitaries from Northern Ireland, the king said of the late queen: “Now, with this shining example before me and with God’s help, I take up my new duties, determined to seek the welfare of all residents of Northern Ireland.

A significant step forward in Anglo-Irish relations came in 2012 when the Queen shook hands with Martin McGuinness, then the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and a former IRA commander.

The late monarch had lost a member of her family during the Troubles, her cousin Lord Mountbatten, who had a close relationship with Charles.

Lord Mountbatten, 79, was killed on August 27, 1979, when a bomb blew up a boat at Mullaghmore in Co Sligo, in one of the most violent days in the history of the Troubles, when 18 British soldiers died in an IRA ambush.

The Queen’s historic state visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 – the first by a British monarch since the Republic’s independence – was another milestone.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves St Giles’ Cathedral

Pallbearers carry Queen Elizabeth’s coffin into Edinburgh

Members of the public queue outside St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

She visited significant sites such as Croke Park in Dublin – the site of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1920, when British forces fired into the crowd at a football match, killing 14 spectators and players – and surprised and delighted the nation by saying a few words in Gaelic at the beginning of her state dinner speech.

The Stormont Speaker described how the Queen had been involved in efforts to build peace in Ireland.

Mr Maskey said she had not been a “distant observer” of the transformation and progress of people-to-people relations in the country.

He said the monarch had “demonstrated how individual acts of positive leadership can help break down barriers and promote reconciliation”.

Mr Maskey added: “She has shown that a small and insignificant gesture – a visit, a handshake, crossing the street or saying a few words in Irish – can make a huge difference in changing attitudes and building relationships.”

The Queen’s recognition of both British and Irish traditions, as well as the wider diversity of the community, is “hugely important”, he said.

Mr Maskey added: “In all of this she personally emphasized that one tradition is not diminished by reaching out to show respect for another.”

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