King Charles III will travel to Scotland to participate in the first farewell acts of Elizabeth II

King Charles III will travel to Scotland together to participate in the first farewell acts of Elizabeth II

The king Charles III of United Kingdom will fly to Edinburgh to join his brothers this Monday, when his mother’s coffin, queen elizabeth iibe transferred in a solemn procession from one of its Scottish palaces to the historic cathedral of St Giles.

The new monarch also will join royals for a church vigil where the coffin will rest before being flown to London on Tuesday.

Since Elizabeth’s death at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, her holiday home in Scotland, a series of carefully timed plans have been put into motion to see off the British monarch for 70 years.

On Sunday, his oak coffin, decked out in the Royal Standard of Scotland and a wreath on top, was transported in a hearse on a six-hour journey from Balmoral through picturesque Scottish countryside, villages, small towns and cities to Edinburgh.

The new monarch will be in Edinburgh with his brothers to be part of the procession to St. Giles Cathedral
The new monarch will be in Edinburgh with his brothers to be part of the procession to St. Giles Cathedral (POOL /)

Tens of thousands of supporters lined the streets to pay their respectswhile huge crowds, some in tears, gathered in Edinburgh to greet the procession.

“It’s very sad,” said Rachel Lindsay, 24. “I don’t think we ever expected it to happen. I thought I would live forever. I didn’t think it was real until I saw it.”

Before leaving for Scotland, Charles, 73, who automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom and 14 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, will travel to the British Parliament to attend another traditional ceremony.

Meanwhile, in London the displays of affection continue to fire Queen Elizabeth II
Meanwhile, in London the displays of affection continue to fire Queen Elizabeth II (MAJA SMIEJKOWSKA /)

In Westminster Hall, lawmakers from the House of Commons and the Upper House of Lords will express their condolences for the death of his mother and the new king will offer an answer.

He will then fly to Edinburgh with his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, to join his sister Anne and his brothers Andrew and Edward.

The queen’s children will then follow in procession behind the hearse as their mother’s coffin is carried to St. Giles’ Cathedral, flanked by soldiers.

SCOTLAND CROWN

When he arrives at the church, the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, the first Scottish couple, will place the Crown of Scotland on the coffin.

The Queen's children will follow the hearse in procession as their mother's coffin is carried to St. Giles Cathedral
The queen’s children will go in procession behind the hearse as their mother’s coffin is carried to St. Giles Cathedral (POOL/)

After a mass, the coffin will rest in the cathedral for 24 hours so that people can pay their respects. Soldiers from the Royal Company of Archers – the sovereign’s “body guard” in Scotland – will mount a continuous vigil.

Charles, who will also visit the Scottish Parliament and meet Scotland’s Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will later take part in a vigil at 7:20 p.m. (1820 GMT) along with other royals.

On Tuesday, the coffin will be flown to London.where on Wednesday he will begin to rest until the early hours of September 19 – the day of Elizabeth’s state funeral – in a catafalque in Westminster Hall.

It will be constantly guarded by soldiers or by the Custodians Yeoman —known as “beefeaters” or guardians— of the Tower of London.

The public will be able to walk past the casket, which will be covered by the Royal Standard with the Sovereign’s Orb and Scepter placed atop it, 24 hours a day until 6:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) on September 19.

Long lines of people are expected in London to attend the funeral chapel of Queen Elizabeth II
Long lines of people are expected in London to attend the funeral chapel of Queen Elizabeth II (POOL /)

“Those wishing to attend will have to queue for many hours, possibly overnight,” the government said in a statement. “Large crowds are expected and people are encouraged to inform themselves in advance, plan accordingly and be prepared for long waits.”

Meanwhile, thousands of people continue to gather at royal palaces across the UK, carrying bouquets. In Green Park, near London’s Buckingham Palace, where some of the tributes are taking place, long lines of bouquets now wind around the park allowing mourners to read the tributes.

Other supporters have placed their messages of condolence on the trees.

The last time the UK saw such a display of public mourning was in 1997, following the death of Charles’s first wife, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris.

“It reminds me of Diana 25 years ago,” said Helen Soo, 59. “I was much younger in those days, I slept overnight in Hyde Park and this probably multiplies by 100.”

(With information from Reuters)

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