The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96 in Balmoral Castle, Scotland, began the first stage of her return to London on Sunday.
The coffin covered with the Scottish royal standard on which had been placed a bouquet of flowers passed through the gates of Balmoral shortly after 10 a.m. The hearse must travel some 290 kilometers through the Scottish countryside to reach the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the monarch in Edinburgh, around 4 p.m.
On Tuesday evening, the Queen’s coffin will be flown to London, ahead of her state funeral scheduled for Monday, September 19, a public holiday in the UK.
Thousands of people are expected on the course to salute one last time the one who had reigned over the country for 70 years and 7 months.
Her funeral will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, where she married Philip Mountbatten in November 1947 and where she was crowned on June 2, 1953.
Several million visitors and high-ranking personalities are expected for this event.