The Queen's body has left Balmoral Castle, coffin to embark on 6-hour journey

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By stefan armitage

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For the first time since her death on Thursday, the body of Queen Elizabeth II has left Balmoral Castle, where her coffin will embark on a historic journey.

At 10:00AM on Sunday, six gamekeepers from the estate placed the late queen's oak coffin into a hearse, where it will now travel through some of Her Majesty's most beloved locations in Scotland.

Per BBC News, staff at Balmoral paid their final respects before the coffin departed, in a moment that was described by a palace official as "a scene of quiet dignity."

The Queen's coffin will travel approximately 175 miles - through the villages of Royal Deeside, and then through the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, and then Edinburgh, where it will rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The journey is expected to take around six hours.

On Monday afternoon, the Queen's coffin will travel by procession to St Giles' Cathedral, where a service will be held and attended by the new king, Charles III.

In the days before her funeral - which is now set to take place on Monday, September 19 - the late Queen's coffin will lie in state.

Due to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II passed away in Balmoral, the people of Scotland will have the opportunity to pay their respects to the late queen as her coffin lies in state at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday, September 12.

While there, the Crown of Scotland will be placed on top of the Queen's coffin.

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Her coffin will remain there for around 24 hours, before being flown to London, where it will be transported to Buckingham Palace.

Then, a ceremonial procession will take place in the capital and the coffin will be taken through The Mall, Horse Guards, Whitehall, Parliament Square, and New Palace Yard - and eventually to Westminster Hall in central London.

Members of the Royal Family will then attend a small service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the funeral, politicians and dignitaries will be given the opportunity to pay their respects, before Westminster Hall is opened to the public. More information on public visiting information is due to be released shortly.

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The Queen's lying in state will commence on Wednesday, September 14 - and will continue until the morning of her funeral on Monday, September 19.

It is expected that hundreds of thousands of people will come to pay tribute to the late monarch.

At all times, her coffin will be guarded 24 hours a day.

On the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, her coffin will be transported to Westminster Abbey - a few hundred yards away.

Featured image credit: PBWPIX / Alamy

The Queen's body has left Balmoral Castle, coffin to embark on 6-hour journey

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

For the first time since her death on Thursday, the body of Queen Elizabeth II has left Balmoral Castle, where her coffin will embark on a historic journey.

At 10:00AM on Sunday, six gamekeepers from the estate placed the late queen's oak coffin into a hearse, where it will now travel through some of Her Majesty's most beloved locations in Scotland.

Per BBC News, staff at Balmoral paid their final respects before the coffin departed, in a moment that was described by a palace official as "a scene of quiet dignity."

The Queen's coffin will travel approximately 175 miles - through the villages of Royal Deeside, and then through the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, and then Edinburgh, where it will rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The journey is expected to take around six hours.

On Monday afternoon, the Queen's coffin will travel by procession to St Giles' Cathedral, where a service will be held and attended by the new king, Charles III.

In the days before her funeral - which is now set to take place on Monday, September 19 - the late Queen's coffin will lie in state.

Due to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II passed away in Balmoral, the people of Scotland will have the opportunity to pay their respects to the late queen as her coffin lies in state at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday, September 12.

While there, the Crown of Scotland will be placed on top of the Queen's coffin.

size-large wp-image-1263168761
Credit: Tommy London / Alamy

Her coffin will remain there for around 24 hours, before being flown to London, where it will be transported to Buckingham Palace.

Then, a ceremonial procession will take place in the capital and the coffin will be taken through The Mall, Horse Guards, Whitehall, Parliament Square, and New Palace Yard - and eventually to Westminster Hall in central London.

Members of the Royal Family will then attend a small service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the funeral, politicians and dignitaries will be given the opportunity to pay their respects, before Westminster Hall is opened to the public. More information on public visiting information is due to be released shortly.

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Credit: John Beasley / Alamy

The Queen's lying in state will commence on Wednesday, September 14 - and will continue until the morning of her funeral on Monday, September 19.

It is expected that hundreds of thousands of people will come to pay tribute to the late monarch.

At all times, her coffin will be guarded 24 hours a day.

On the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, her coffin will be transported to Westminster Abbey - a few hundred yards away.

Featured image credit: PBWPIX / Alamy