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(Photo of flowers laid in front of the British flag in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022)
UNITED KINGDOM – The Queen’s last voyage. Three days after his death in her Scottish castle of Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II begins her last trip this Sunday, September 11: his coffin leaves Balmoral for Edinburghbefore his solemn return on Tuesday September 13 in London for his state funeral on September 19.
The royal hearse must leave Balmoralthe residence where the monarch loved to spend the summer, at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. in Paris) by road, to arrive in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, around 4 p.m. (5 p.m. in Paris) after a journey of nearly 300 kilometers .
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A large crowd is expected on the route of the funeral convoy, to salute one last time the one who reigned 70 years and 7 months, a familiar and reassuring presence, but always mysterious, having crossed times and crises imperturbably. The crowd was asked not to throw flowers as the convoy passed, so as not to disturb the precise layout of the last trip of the 96-year-old sovereign, much loved in the United Kingdom.
One last night in Scotland before returning to London
The hearse will first stop in Ballater, the village very close to the castle, then in Aberdeen and Dundee before reaching Edinburgh. The coffin will spend the night there in the throne room of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland.
Crowds are expected on the streets of several Scottish villages and towns that the royal hearse will pass through. It will notably pass through the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee.
Here is the detail of the hearse’s journey, a journey of nearly 300 kilometers through the Scottish countryside expected to last at least six hours.
Balmoral at 11 a.m. (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 aged 96.
After being carried to the hearse by six gamekeepers from the Balmoral Estate, the procession will proceed to the nearby village of Ballater, where it will arrive at around 10.12am local time and where Aberdeenshire county officials will pay their respects.
Aberdeen at 12 p.m.
The body of Elizabeth II will then be transported 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 coffin will take place in the city’s historical park.
Dundee at 3:15 p.m.
The procession will then arrive in Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city on the east coast, around 2:15 p.m. City officials will then bid him farewell.
En route to Edinburgh, the hearse will cross a bridge parallel to the iconic Forth Bridge, which takes trains over the huge Firth of Forth estuary.
Edinburgh at 5 p.m.
After a six-hour journey, the Queen’s coffin is due to arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 5 p.m. This palace located in Edinburgh is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. People are expected to queue along the road leading from the north of the city towards 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 avenue in the old town, to Saint-Gilles Cathedral where he will rest for 24 hours after a religious service.
On Tuesday evening, the Queen’s coffin will be flown to London.
And 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 set up.
The body of the queen will then rest there for three days during which the public will be able to come and pay homage to her one last time.
His burial will take place on Monday September 19, ten days after his death.
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