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Covered with the royal standard of Scotland and surmounted by a wreath of flowers, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will make the slow six-hour journey from Balmoral Castle to the country’s capital, Edinburgh, on Sunday.
Thousands of people are expected to line the roads in tribute to the Queen as the procession winds slowly through tiny villages and small towns from the remote castle in the Scottish Highlands. The coffin will then rest in the Throne Room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the British monarch’s official residence in Scotland, until Monday afternoon.
Elsewhere, trumpeters will play in fanfare with King Charles III in Scotland, Wales and the North, if he is proclaimed the new monarch of those countries.
Here’s what should happen:
- Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will be moved from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh.
- The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, will accompany the motorcade as it slowly makes its way to the throne room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
- King Charles III will be officially proclaimed the new monarch of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- The King will meet Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland, who has led the central body serving the group of former colonies since its inception in 1965.
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The first mourners gather to view the Queen’s funeral procession
Memorial services will be held for the Queen to be held across the UK
Memorial services for Queen Elizabeth II will be held across the UK on the first Sunday after her death.
Special guidelines have been issued by the Church of England on services during the period of mourning.
“Flags should be lowered to half-mast and remain at that height until the day after the state funeral,” he says, adding that bells should be rung at a “practical” time.
The Queen was officially Defender of the Faith and Governor of the Church of England, titles dating back centuries that have now passed to her son.
Queen Elizabeth will leave Balmoral for the last time
On Sunday, the Queen’s coffin will be driven from Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, the British monarch’s official residence in Scotland.
Public viewing of the vehicle will be possible along the route in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Dundee, officials said.
The Queen’s coffin will be carried to the Throne Room at Holyroodhouse, where it will remain until Monday.
Proclamations for the Queen will be read elsewhere in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Queen of Denmark reduces her jubilee after the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Margrethe of Denmark has cancelled, postponed and scaled back the events of her own Jubilee this weekend in which she marks 50 years on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy.
Queen Margrethe, 82, whose reign is now the longest in Europe, hailed the late British monarch as “a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all”, adding that she will “be missed terribly”.
The Danish monarch also asked for a minute’s silence on Saturday evening before a gala performance at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen.
Billboards around the world pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
Displayed against a plain black background, images of the Queen in her early years and in her 90s accompanied by the Queen’s initials could be seen across buildings in Manila, Philippines.
It is one of many tributes seen across the world as people continue to commemorate the Queen’s legacy.