Death of Queen Elizabeth II – latest: Funeral procession arrives in Edinburgh after ceremonies proclaiming King Charles III across the UK
he Queen’s motorcade has arrived in Edinburgh where it will spend the night at Hollyroodhouse.
The Queen’s funeral procession left Balmoral at 10am as Her Late Majesty left the estate for the last time, accompanied by the Princess Royal.
Inside the hearse, the coffin was draped with the royal standard and a wreath on top.
King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will travel to Edinburgh on Monday where a special service will be held at St Giles Cathedral.
On Sunday, proclamations took place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as King Charles III was proclaimed in other parts of the country.
On Wednesday, the coffin will arrive at Westminster Hall where the bedding will begin.
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US President Joe Biden to attend Queen’s funeral
US President Joe Biden will attend the Queen’s funeral, officials have confirmed, amid reports that foreign heads of state will be asked to take a coach to the service.
The dignitaries will travel to Westminster Abbey in escorted coaches and “due to strict security measures and road restrictions” they will be required to leave their private public vehicles behind, according to leaked documents, reported by Politico.
He said only heads of state and their spouses or partners will be invited to the September 19 event, due to limited space in the historic building.
The White House confirmed on Sunday that Mr. Biden would attend the funeral, along with his wife Jill.
London hotels see high demand ahead of Queen’s funeral
London hotels have seen a surge in bookings before the Queen is in state and her funeral.
The Queen will rest in state at Westminster Hall in central London from Wednesday for four days, giving members of the public the opportunity to pay their respects.
Hotels of various sizes have seen an increase in bookings before the layout.
Among them, Travelodge, which has nearly 80 hotels in the city, confirmed that it has seen an increase in demand for rooms.
Piper royal: Queen was the easiest person to work for
Piper Scott Methven, who was the Queen’s piper until 2019, recalled the “jokes” he had with the “simple and funny” monarch during her four-year tenure.
The 48-year-old described being transferred from the army in 2015 to live at Buckingham Palace as “surreal”, but said he had forged a “great relationship” with the Queen.
He told the PA news agency: ‘She really had a quick wit, as is well documented. It was just always lines, I had so many jokes with the queen, it was awesome.
“The first time I was nominated, she turned around and said, ‘Look, the only reason you got this job is because you’re the same height as me. then she left.
“I didn’t expect that from the Queen if that makes sense. She put the bar on so I carried on and we just used to laugh. She was simply the easiest person to work for.
Crowds cheer as King Charles’ car leaves Buckingham Palace
The King left Buckingham Palace to cheers from the crowd after a day of meetings as Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland.
People erupted in joy as Charles’ motorcade emerged from the palace gates.
He could be seen waving to people lining the street as the convoy moved up the mall.
Scottish political leaders pay their respects as the coffin passes
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater and Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton stood on the pavement outside Holyrood as the hearse slowed down.
Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone and his 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 who lined the streets to applause, the procession increased its speed through the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
As the Queen’s coffin passed the Scottish Parliament, Scottish political leaders gathered to pay their respects.
Ukrainian refugee: I came to see Queen “on her last trip”
Among those who traveled to Edinburgh to pay their respects was Ukrainian refugee Daria Oskolkova, who said she wanted to see ‘the Queen set off on her final journey’ as her coffin moved along the Royal Mile.
“It was very emotional to be here,” said the 38-year-old who now lives in Glasgow.
Edinburgh’s Adriana Vraghici also called the event a “monumental day”.
“The Queen has been a part of our lives for so long, it’s just nice to be so close, to see the coffin, because she’s been such an important part of our lives,” the 25-year-old said. who added: “She has served the country in such an incredible way”.
Wellwisher: I have changed my plans to pay respects as the Queen’s coffin arrives in Edinburgh
Another in the crowd as the Queen’s motorcade descended the Royal Mile was Susanne Sedel, 62, and her son Erik Sedel, 31.
Ms Sedel, from Seattle, said she was visiting Edinburgh and London with Erik, from Berkeley in California, on vacation when they heard the news of the Queen’s death.
Ms Sedel, who said the couple had changed their plans in Edinburgh so they could pay their respects, said: ‘I have always looked up to her and felt sad when I heard she had passed away. We had just gotten off the plane from London to Edinburgh when we heard the news.
“We are of European descent, we are German, so we have always admired the Queen and the monarchy.”
Crowds on the Royal Mile ‘felt drawn’ as the Queen’s coffin passed
Thousands of people lined Edinburgh’s Royal Mile as the hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin made its way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
James Kinlock was one of those lining the streets and said he felt a “huge pull” to watch the procession through Scotland’s capital.
“It’s a real loss to the nation, I felt it much more personally than I ever thought I would. I just felt compelled to come, absolutely compelled to come,” the 55-year-old said. year.
“I didn’t expect to feel obligated to come but I did and I’m very glad I came,” he added.
Members of the Royal Family receive a coffin at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Members of the Royal Family received the Queen’s coffin at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh after a six-hour drive from Balmoral.
The Queen’s motorcade was given a guard of honor by the King’s Bodyguards for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers) as it entered the Palace.
Her Majesty’s coffin will remain there overnight before being transported to nearby Saint-Gilles Cathedral on Monday afternoon, where it will rest for 24 hours.
King Charles and other senior members of the royal family will follow on foot behind the procession before a remembrance service is held at St Giles.