Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey to London has begun. At exactly 12 o’clock Bulgarian time, the coffin of the British monarch left Balmoral Castle for Edinburgh.
The procession covers just over 281 kilometers and is expected to take about six hours. The motorcade is scheduled to pass through the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth before arriving at its final destination in Edinburgh.
Thousands of people lined the route of the funeral cortege to say a final “farewell” to their queen.
Elizabeth Alexander, 69, was born on Elizabeth II’s coronation day in 1953. She waited in the nearby village of Ballater to see her for the last time. “It’s very emotional for everyone to say goodbye. She is like a member of the family, it is extremely sad that she is not with us,” she told Reuters.
The last time of Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is traveling with the funeral cortege. Elizabeth II’s coffin is draped with the flag of Scotland and a wreath made from flowers that grow in the gardens of Balmoral, Buckingham Palace said.
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The slow pace of cars on the long drive to Edinburgh is just some of the events to come before the Queen is laid to rest in London. Tens of thousands gathered in the last days at all the royal palaces in Britain to leave flowers for the late monarch.