Queen Elizabeth II embarked on her last trip to the UK

WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images via AFP WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 08: Flowers are laid outside the British Embassy after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced on September 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is survived by her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke Of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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(Photo of flowers placed in front of the British flag in honor of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022)

UNITED KINGDOM – The Queen’s last journey. Three days after her death in her Scottish castle of Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II began her last journey on Sunday, September 11: her coffin left Balmoral for Edinburgh, before her solemn return Tuesday, September 13 in London for his state funeral on September 19. .

The royal hearse must leave Balmoral, the residence where the monarch likes to spend the summer, at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. in Paris) by road, to reach Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, around 4 p.m. in the afternoon (5 pm in Paris) afterwards. a trip of almost 300 kilometers.

A large crowd was expected along the route of the funeral procession, to greet for the last time the one who had reigned for 70 years and 7 months, a familiar and reassuring presence, but still mysterious, who passed through the time and crises not to be disturbed. The crowd was asked not to throw flowers at the passing of the convoy, so as not to disturb the proper layout of the last trip of the 96-year-old sovereign, who is very loved by the United Kingdom.

One night in Scotland before returning to London

The car stops first at Ballater, the village very close to the castle, then Aberdeen and Dundee before reaching Edinburgh. The coffin will spend the night in the throne room of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence of Scotland.

Crowds are expected in the streets of many Scottish villages and towns where the royal hearse will pass. It mainly passes through the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee.

Here are the details of the hearse journey, a journey of almost 300 kilometers through the Scottish countryside which is expected to take at least six hours.

Balmoral at 11am (Paris time)

The Queen’s coffin has been kept at Balmoral, draped in the Scottish royal standard and a crown, since her death on Thursday at the age of 96.

After being led to the hearse by six gamekeepers from the Balmoral Estate, the procession will continue to the nearby village of Ballater, where it will arrive at around 10.12am local time and where Aberdeenshire county officials will give the their respect.

Aberdeen at 12 noon.

Elizabeth II’s body will then be taken to Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city and an important center of the oil industry, famous for its gray granite buildings.

After another tribute by local authorities, a public display of the casket will take place in the city’s historic park.

Dundee at 3:15 p.m.

The procession will then arrive in Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city on the east coast, at around 2.15pm. The city officials will then say goodbye to him.

On the way to Edinburgh, the car crosses a bridge similar to the iconic Forth Bridge, which carries trains over the great Firth of Forth estuary.

Edinburgh at 5 pm.

After a six-hour journey, the Queen’s coffin will arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 5 pm. This palace located in Edinburgh is the official residence of the monarch of Scotland. People are expected to line up along the road that goes from the north of the city to the center.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and party leaders will gather in Parliament to watch the coffin pass. On Monday, a procession will take place along the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of the old town, to the Saint-Gilles Cathedral where he will rest for 24 hours after a religious service.

On Tuesday night, the Queen’s coffin will be flown to London.

Then?

On Wednesday, codenamed Operation Lion, the coffin will begin a new procession through London, from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster where a memorial service will be held.

The queen’s body will rest there for three days where the public can come and pay her last respects.

His funeral will take place on Monday September 19, ten days after his death.

See also at The HuffPost: Death of Elizabeth II: What the world looked like when she ascended the throne

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