Thousands Of Mourners Line Streets As Queen's Coffin Arrives At Holyroodhouse

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Pallbearers carry the coffin of late Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh on September 11, 2022. (Photo: ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS via Getty Images)
Pallbearers carry the coffin of late Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh on September 11, 2022. (Photo: ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS via Getty Images)

Pallbearers carry the coffin of late Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh on September 11, 2022. (Photo: ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS via Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse after a six-hour journey from Balmoral Castle.

The cortege arrived in Edinburgh shortly after 4pmwhere the Queen’s coffin will rest overnightin an oak-panelled throne room.

Her coffin was greeted with a guard of honour before being carried into the palace.

Three of the Queen’s children looked on - Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward - as the coffin crossed the threshold.

Members of the public watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: NEIL HANNA via Getty Images)
Members of the public watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: NEIL HANNA via Getty Images)

Members of the public watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: NEIL HANNA via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, thousands of mourners lined the streets of Scotland’s capital city on Sunday to pay their respects. Some observers clapped as the hearse came past, others threw flowers in the road.

Earlier on the 180 mile journey, the hearse passed crowds of people, shops with photographs of the monarch and even a guard of honour with tractors.

Members of the public watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: OLI SCARFF via Getty Images)
Members of the public watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: OLI SCARFF via Getty Images)

Members of the public watch the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: OLI SCARFF via Getty Images)

The Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire on Thursday where she traditionally spent her summers.

Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old died “peacefully” surrounded by members of the royal family.

The monarch started the journey to her final resting place just after 10am, with her only daughter the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the procession travelling directly behind.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: IAN FORSYTH via Getty Images)
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: IAN FORSYTH via Getty Images)

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, driven through Edinburgh. (Photo: IAN FORSYTH via Getty Images)

The coffin was draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland and a wreath on top, made from flowers from the Balmoral estate including sweet peas - one of the Queen’s favourite flowers - dahlias, phlox, white heather and pine fir.

Floral tributes were thrown into the path of the coffin as thousands turned out to pay their respects.

A single motorbike police outrider led the way as the hearse, followed by six vehicles, travelled at a stately pace through the Scottish countryside.

As the Queen left Balmoral this morning, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was a “sad and poignant moment” as she left her “beloved Balmoral for the final time”.

Sturgeon added: “Today, as she makes her journey to Edinburgh, Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman.”

Meanwhile, down in London, King Charles III was greeted by thousands of well-wishers as he arrived at Buckingham Palace where he was due to meet with representatives from the Commonwealth.

Members of the public stand on a bridge, in Kinross, overlooking the M90 motorway, to pay their respects. (Photo: ANDY BUCHANAN via Getty Images)
Members of the public stand on a bridge, in Kinross, overlooking the M90 motorway, to pay their respects. (Photo: ANDY BUCHANAN via Getty Images)

Members of the public stand on a bridge, in Kinross, overlooking the M90 motorway, to pay their respects. (Photo: ANDY BUCHANAN via Getty Images)

On Monday, there will be a procession to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh where the Queen’s coffin will rest for 24 hours.

The procession is expected to include members of the royal family.

There will be a service in the cathedral and members of the public will be able to file past the coffin.

The Princess Royal and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence travel behind the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: Paul Campbell - PA Images via Getty Images)
The Princess Royal and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence travel behind the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: Paul Campbell - PA Images via Getty Images)

The Princess Royal and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence travel behind the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: Paul Campbell - PA Images via Getty Images)

The following day the Queen’s coffin will be transported by road from the cathedral to Edinburgh Airport and then flown to RAF Northolt.

Her coffin will be accompanied by the Princess Royal, before being moved to rest at Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room.

A procession on September 14 will see the coffin, adorned with the Imperial State Crown, transported on a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster ready for the Lying in State in Westminster Hall.

The Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday.

Her funeral will be held in London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September which will be a bank holiday.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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