Queen Elizabeth II begins her final journey | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Flag of Scotland, leaves Balmoral as it begins its journey to Edinburgh, Sunday, September 11, 2022.

The Queen Elizabeth II began her final journey on Sunday, her coffin leaving Balmoral Castle for Edinburgh, before her solemn return to London on Tuesday and her state funeral on September 19.

The royal hearse, the first of a procession of seven vehicles, passed through the gates of the residence where the monarch so loved to spend the summer, shortly after 10 a.m.

The oak coffin was covered with the Scottish royal standard on which had been placed a bouquet of flowers. He is due to arrive in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, around 4 p.m. after a journey of nearly 300 kilometers. He will spend the night there at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish royal residence.

Thousands of people were expected on the course. Some had arrived very early, to greet one last time the one who had reigned for 70 years and 7 months, a familiar and reassuring presence, but still mysterious, having crossed, imperturbable, times and crises.

I was supposed to come to Balmoral, says Mark Lindley-Highfield, a 47-year-old academic who arrived Saturday from Inverness, a two-hour drive north. For the occasion, he wears a black tail coat and a top hat. Her Majesty has selflessly given her life and time to us. Paying homage to her in a traditional way was a way of thanking her for all she has done.

Flowers are laid in Ballater, Scotland, in front of Queen Elizabeth II's hearse.

The crowd was asked not to throw flowers as the convoy passed, so as not to disturb the precise layout of the last trip of the 96-year-old sovereign, much loved in the United Kingdom.

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The hearse then passed through Ballater, the village very close to the castle, where the queen, who had come to Balmoral since her childhood, was very well known. In the main street, the coffin was greeted by a guard of honor formed by the gathered crowd.

Protected by the vastness of the royal domain (more than 20,000 hectares of moors, forests and farmland) she lived a simpler and more relaxed life there.

The funeral procession then took the road to Aberdeen and Dundee before reaching Edinburgh.

His funeral will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, a mecca for weddings, coronations and royal burials for nearly a millennium.

People line the streets of Ballater, Scotland to see the hearse carrying the Queen.

It's there that the one who was still only Princess Elizabeth had married in November 1947, at the age of 21, Philippe Mountbatten. This is also where she was crowned on June 2, 1953.

Dignitaries from around the world are expected here for the funeral, including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, as well as many royalty.

Tens of thousands of people are also expected to pay their last respects at the Palace of Westminster, where his coffin will rest from September 14 to 19, before being transferred to the Abbey, where the funeral will take place at 10 a.m. 19:00 a.m. GMT, a UK public holiday.

King Charles III was proclaimed king on Saturday in a centenary ceremonial ceremony.

My mother's reign was unmatched in its length, dedication and devotion [ …] I am deeply aware of this great heritage, of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty, which are now passed on to me, he said.

By assuming these responsibilities , I will strive to follow the inspiring example given to me, he continued.

Her son William, now heir to the throne and Prince of Wales, paid a moving tribute to his grandmother.

She was by my side in my happiest times. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day was coming, but it will take me time to get used to the reality of life without Grandma, an extraordinary queen, he said on Saturday.

I will honor his memory by supporting my father, the King, in any way possible.

King Charles III waves to the crowd as he arrives at Buckingham Palace in London.

The prince then created a surprise by going with his wife Kate, but also his brother Harry and his wife Meghan, to admire the flowers laid in front of Windsor Castle in tribute to Elizabeth II, where the highly applauded quartet offered themselves a long walkabout.

The two couples are notoriously cold. While Harry and Meghan are now settled in California, they had not been seen together in public for over two years.

They all left in the same car, but faces were closed, interactions minimal.

According to the Times newspaper, it took extensive behind-the-scenes negotiations between the two sides, delaying 45 minutes their appearance.

Increasingly frail in recent months, the Queen has devoted her life to the monarchy. On Tuesday, she was still working, receiving in audience the resigning Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the new Prime Minister Liz Truss, whom she had asked to create a new government.

The monarch was however remained at Balmoral for these audiences, too weak to travel.

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