Queens coffin seen for first time as final journey to be with Philip begins

The Queen's coffin has left Balmoral and will make a six-hour journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh.

Six Balmoral gamekeepers lifted the coffin, seen for the first time draped in the Royal Standard, into a hearse before her journey began.

The cortege began the 175-mile journey at 10.00am and is now making its way through the Scottish towns of Aberdeen, Angus, Tayside and Fife before it reaches Edinburgh.

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The hearse first headed to the town of Ballater, where local grieving families had already begun to tie Union flags to barriers outside the village church even before the Queen's coffin arrived in the Aberdeenshire town.

Crowds are expected to gather along the route to watch the hearse come into view and to say goodbye to Her Majesty.

After the journey the coffin will remain at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in Scotland, before lying at rest on Monday at St Giles' Cathedral.

The coffin is expected to arrive in Edinburgh around 4pm.

Tens of thousands are expected to line the famous Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh, where the cathedral is located, to welcome the monarch after her 175-mile journey.

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The coffin will then begin its journey to London, where Her Majesty will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days to give mourners south of the border the chance to say their last goodbyes before her funeral on September 19.

Senior royals have been busy this week saying goodbye to Her Majesty, who died on Thursday (September 8), and preparing for the new era.

You can leave your tributes to Queen Elizabeth II here.

Charles gave his first address to the nation as Head of State on Friday and was officially made King at an accession ceremony yesterday.

In the speech he gave a touching tribute to his "darling mama".

He said: "In 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, she pledged in a broadcast from Cape Town to the Commonwealth to devote her life, whether it be short or long, to the service of her peoples.

"That was more than a promise: it was a profound personal commitment which defined her whole life."

He added: "To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

"Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

"May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest".

Earlier today the newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales were accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to observe tributes left to Her Majesty at Windsor.

Royal fans gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals, who then greeted the gathered crowds and received flowers.


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