As per the funeral arrangements announced by Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s coffin left Scotland for the last time this afternoon. The coffin made its final journey to London, where it will stay overnight at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s coffin, accompanied by The Princess Royal from Edinburgh, arrived at RAF Northolt near Ruislip, where it then left for London. Anne was by her mother’s side when she died, and has travelled with her at each stage of the journey so far.
The Queen’s coffin was being carried in the state hearse, specially designed by the Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover. The late Queen was consulted on the plans for the new hearse, which is finished in Royal Claret, a burgundy tone, the same colour as the official royal vehicles kept in the Royal Mews and used for official duties.
Designed to allow the public to have a clear view of the Queen’s coffin, the hearse travelled the 20 miles to central London.
Following the arrival into England, the Scottish Royal Standard has been swapped for the traditional Royal Standard.
Thousands of people gathered along the A40 into the capital, and more outside Buckingham Palace to watch the arrival of the hearse.
The King, The Queen Consort, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal, Sir Timothy Laurence and The Duke of York were waiting for the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s grandchildren, including The Prince and Princess of Wales, and Lady Sarah Chatto and Earl Snowdon were also at the Palace.
The hopefully offers the family a moment for private grief together.
Ahead of the state funeral on Monday, the Queen will lie in state at Westminster Hall from tomorrow for four days, allowing the public to pay their respects and say farewell to the record-breaking Monarch.