Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin Leaves Balmoral With Princess Anne

Queen Elizabeth II.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral processions have begun. Three days after Queen Elizabeth II, the long-reigning monarch, died at the age 96, her coffin was spotted for the very first time.

“Her Majesty the Queen’s coffin has left Balmoral [Estate],” a statement on the royal family’s Instagram Story read on Sunday, September 11, referring to the Scottish palace where she passed away. “Accompanied by the Princess Royal and Sir Timothy Laurence, the cortege will travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.”

Elizabeth’s daughter, Princess AnneThe couple, aged 67 and 66, will drive six hours from Balmoral, Scotland to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland. Once the coffin arrives, it will stay at the palace until a processional to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday, September 12. There, King Charles IIIVarious members of the royal family will pay their respects to her as she is laid to rest. The late sovereign’s coffin will eventually be transported to London ahead of her Monday, September 19, funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Queen's Coffin Leaves Balmoral With Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence

Balmoral is where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels to Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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During the Sunday hearse, Elizabeth’s coffin decorations featured special significance. The wreath is made up of sweet peas and pine fir, as well as sweet peas and phlox. It was arranged from balmoral’s grounds.

Buckingham Place confirmed on Thursday, September 8, that the queen —  who served 70 years on the British throne —  had died after previous health concerns earlier that day. The royal family has publicly reacted to her death.

Anne, 72, and the ex-british Navy officer were among The Firm members who greeted mourners outside Balmoral, Saturday, September 10. The married couple — who wed in 1992 — were joined by Anne’s children, Zara Tindall Peter Phillips, as they viewed several floral tributes left in the queen’s honor. Prince Andrew, Prince Edward Countess Sophie also joined the group’s walkabout. The queen’s granddaughters Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice Lady Louise Windsor were photographed on Saturday as well, comforting their respective parents. (Eugenie, Beatrice and Beatrice are the daughters Andrew and Sarah FergusonLady Louise is the eldest of Edward and Sophie’s children.

The 73-year-old king’s two sons — Prince William Prince Harry — honored their grandmother’s legacy during a joint appearance outside Windsor Castle in England. The wives were there to accompany the brothers.Princess Kate Meghan Markle, marking the Fab Four’s first public appearance together since the Duke of Sussex, 37, and the Suits 41-year-old alum has resigned from their senior royal positions in 2020. As the foursome paid their respects to the crowds of well-wishers, they also came together to view the floral bouquets that had been left in the queen’s honor.

“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” the Prince of Wales, 40, wrote in an emotional statement shared via his Instagram account on Saturday. “So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign. I, however, have lost a grandmother. I will be sad for her loss but I am also incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of the queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.”

As the royals continue to mourn the loss of the queen — including William and Kate’s 4-year-old son Prince Louis, who realized she was reunited with “Great-Grandpa” Prince Philip — her body will lie in state in both Scotland and England in the forthcoming days ahead of her September 19 funeral.