Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II begins her journey on Sunday with thousands of her grieving subjects expected to walk along the route from her Scottish retreat in Balmoral, where she died. Read TBEN’s live coverage of the day’s events. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
11:08am: Coffin with Queen Elizabeth II leaves Balmoral Castle
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves her beloved Scottish estate of Balmoral Castle on Sunday, as the monarch who died on the throne after 70 years begins her final journey back to London for a state funeral.
Six gamekeepers from Balmoral, the summer residence where the Queen died Thursday, will carry the deceased sovereign’s oak casket from the castle’s ballroom to a hearse to take a six-hour, 280 kilometers (175 miles) journey through Scottish towns to the Holyroodhouse Palace starting in Edinburgh.
Crowds are expected to line the route as the country mourns its longest-reigning monarch, the only one most Britons have ever known. By the start of Sunday, flowers and other tributes—a little Paddington Bear toy, a hand-drawn image of the Queen—were piled outside the gates of Balmoral.
10:00 am: ‘Lords for grandma’: British newspapers greet clear reconciliation between William and Harry
British newspapers on Sunday praised an apparent royal reconciliation as their front pages were devoted to the reunion of Princes William and Harry, along with their wives Kate and Meghan.
Photos of the quartet paying floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II outside her former residence at Windsor Castle have graced the covers of many of the national Sunday newspapers.
“Reunited for Grandma,” the Mirror’s headline read, as the Telegraph ran with “Reunited in Grief” and the Sun with “All 4 One.”
Some newspapers suggested that relations still seemed frosty, with the Times headline saying, “Warring Windsors’ Uneasy Truce to Honor the Queen”.
9:58am: Queen Elizabeth II begins solemn journey
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II begins her journey on Sunday with thousands of her grieving subjects expected to walk along the route of her coffin from the Scottish refuge where she died.
The solemn departure of the Queen’s oak casket from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh marks the beginning of an odyssey of national mourning culminating in her state funeral in London on September 19.
Her journey begins a day after her son Charles III was formally proclaimed king, and after her grandsons William and Harry, and their wives Kate and Meghan, briefly reunited for a walk to watch tribute to the Queen.
A hearse carrying the coffin of Britain’s longest-serving monarch will make a six-hour journey through Scottish towns before arriving in Edinburgh, where it will rest for two days so people can pay tribute.