London – The coffin ofis back at Buckingham Palace, the Associated Press reported. Earlier on Tuesday, the late monarch left Scotland for the last time.
A military C-17 Globemaster carrying the Queen’s remains landed at RAF Northolt, an airbase west of London, about an hour after departing Edinburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported. . The state hearse carrying the coffin drove through the rainy streets of London, where crowds of mourners lined up to pay their respects.
Earlier today, crowds swarmed the Scottish capital toin person.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to wait hours for a chance to view the Queen’s coffin later this week, as it lies in state at Westminster Hall.
The coffin was taken earlier from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, after being carried in a solemn procession through the Scottish capital past hushed crowds.
At the airport, under the eyes of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, in ceremonial kilts, a group of Royal Air Force pallbearers slowly carried the coffin on board.
Thewas played as the plane taxied to the runway and the Queen, who died at her beloved home of Balmoral in the Highlands last week aged 96, left Scotland for the last time.
The late monarch will first be brought to Buckingham Palace for the night before being transported to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where some well-wishers have already lined up for 24 hours to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-serving sovereign.
Two women, Grace and Vanessa, said they had already taken their place in the queue, waiting all night to pay their respects an entire day before the Queen’s coffin even arrived in Westminster.
“This morning we went to rehearsal for Her Majesty’s coffin entering Westminster Hall. It was heartbreaking, the solemnity of the occasion,” Grace told the BBC. “I think the whole nation is going to be heartbroken and crying. We were.”
“This is how we want to pay tribute to the Queen, who has done a great service to the country, to the Commonwealth and to the world,” Vanessa said.
The coffin will be transported by hearse to Buckingham Palace in the heart of the capital. On Wednesday, the Queen’s coffin will be moved in procession a short distance from the palace to Westminster Hall, where the late monarch will rest until her state funeral on Monday.
King Charles III, alongside his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, was visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday. They will meet politicians and religious leaders and attend a service at St Anne’s Cathedral before returning to London later today.
AFP contributed to this report.