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The Queen’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh

The body of the late British Queen Elizabeth II has reached the Scottish capital Edinburgh. / The Queen's coffin arrived in Edinburgh

Meanwhile, her heir to the throne, Charles, was officially proclaimed king in Wales and Gibraltar. / The Queen’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh

Thousands of people paid their respects to the dead Queen Elizabeth II on her final journey through Scotland. A hearse brought the mortal remains of the monarch from her country home at Balmoral Castle in the Highlands to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence traveled in a support car. The new King Charles III had previously spoken of his mother’s “last great journey”. spoken. Especially in villages and towns, numerous people silently lined the streets. Six hours were estimated for the route to the south, which actually only takes around two and a half hours by car.

“Scotland Bows”

The Queen died Thursday at her summer home in Balmoral, aged 96. Today she left the property one last time, six game wardens carried the oak coffin out of the building to the waiting hearse. On the coffin lay the royal standard for Scotland and a wreath of sweet peas, one of the Queen’s favorite plants.

“It is a sad and touching moment to see the Queen leave Balmoral for the last time,” Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted. Scotland bow to an extraordinary woman.

In Edinburgh, hours before the coffin arrived, people secured the best seats at police cordons. In the afternoon they were already standing there in ten rows to catch a glimpse of the column. In almost every place on the way to Edinburgh, people lined the streets in quiet devotion.

Public procession in London on Tuesday

King Charles III and other members of the royal family will then escort the coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday, where it will stand for 24 hours before continuing the journey by plane to London. In the cathedral, the public will have the first opportunity to pay their respects to the Queen and say goodbye.

The coffin is expected in London on Tuesday. The next day he is taken in a public procession through the streets of the city centre. The coffin is to be taken from Buckingham Palace to Parliament on a horse-drawn carriage known as a carriage, the palace said. He is to be laid out there for four days. There, too, people should once again have the opportunity to say goodbye to the Queen. Many thousands are expected.

Additional day off for funeral / The Queen’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh

The state funeral with numerous state guests and representatives of royal families from all over the world finally takes place on September 19th. A service is scheduled at 12:00 p.m. (CEST) at Westminster Abbey in London. People in the UK get an extra day off. Charles III had approved this holiday on the occasion of his proclamation.

The Queen will be buried in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where her husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9, 2021, is also buried. Her closest relatives, her father George VI, her mother, known as the “Queen Mum”, and her sister, Princess Margaret, were also buried there.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also travel to the state funeral. A spokeswoman said. Numerous heads of state and government from all over the world are expected at the state funeral, including several European kings and queens.

Proclamation in Cardiff and Gibraltar

The reign of the new monarch Charles III. officially began on Saturday, although he automatically became king with the death of his mother. The 73-year-old was proclaimed King of Britain in a ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London. “I am deeply aware of the great legacy and the duties and heavy responsibilities of the monarch that have now been entrusted to me,” said Charles III.

In the meantime, Charles has been proclaimed king in Wales with a ceremony similar to that in London. In addition to fanfares and a public proclamation, there were also cheers and cannon salutes. The proclamation was read at Cardiff Castle in English and Welsh.

As a principality traditionally headed by the Crown Prince, Wales has a special status. Charles has held this role since his mother proclaimed him Prince of Wales at the age of nine. The official inauguration took place in a ceremony in 1969. Charles’ son Prince William is now the successor. As the firstborn of the new king, he is the first in line to the throne. His wife Kate becomes Princess of Wales.

Charles was also officially proclaimed king in Gibraltar. The governor of the British Overseas Territory at the southern tip of Spain, David Steel, read the proclamation there, the BBC reported. Several hundred people had gathered there to watch the ceremony. “We’re part of the UK here, just 1,000 miles away,” Steel told the BBC. Spain claims Gibraltar. In referendums in the past, however, the population had voted to remain a British overseas territory.

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