Elizabeth II is dead. Funeral ceremonies in Scotland. King Charles in Edinburgh

King Charles III and the people of Scotland say goodbye to the Queen in Edinburgh. Together with the queen consort Kamila, he took part in a solemn procession, during which the coffin with the body of Elizabeth II was moved from her Scottish residence to Saint Giles’ Cathedral. After the service, the king went to meet representatives of the Scottish government. In the evening he was watching over Elizabeth’s coffin.

King Charles III flew with his wife Kamila to Edinburgh, where on Monday there was a funeral procession behind the coffin of the deceased Queen Elizabeth II. The body of Elizabeth II was transported yesterday to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the Scottish capital, which was her official Scottish residence.

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The crowd on the main Royal Mile in Edinburgh city center is remarkably quiet, the BBC noted.

Charles III and the queen consort Kamil drive through the Royal Mile in EdinburghPAP / EPA / ADAM VAUGHAN

Festive conduct. Quiet on the main street of Edunburg

The procession behind the coffin of Elizabeth II started after 15.35 (Polish time) from the palace to the Cathedral of Saint Giles, the most important temple of the Church of Scotland. Charles and the king’s siblings: Anna, Edward and Andrzej, as well as Anna’s husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Edward’s wife, Countess Wessex Zofia, passed in the procession. The coffin will remain in the cathedral for 24 hours during which time residents of Scotland will be able to pass by paying tribute.

Coffin with the body of Elizabeth IIReuters

King Charles III and Princess Anna in a procession behind the coffin with Elizabeth’s bodyPAP / EPA / ADAM VAUGHAN

The procession passed through the Royal Mile and ended at the cathedral. Mounted police marched in front of the car with the monarch’s coffin. The coffin with the queen’s body was wrapped in a Scottish royal banner. It has a wreath of flowers in which the white Balmoral heather in which the queen died is leading. In addition, there are, among others, white freesias, Hebe, rosemary and pospornica.

The route of the procession with the coffin of Elizabeth II in Edinburghtvn24.pl

During the procession in Edinburgh, 21 salutes were fired. The crowd gathered was silent, sometimes only with applause.

Crowds of subjects bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II as they march to St. Giles Reuters

In Edinburgh they say goodbye to the QueenPAP / EPA / TOLGA AKMEN

The Queen’s “legendary” love for Scotland

Around 4:20 PM (Polish time) the coffin was brought to St. Giles’ Cathedral, where part of the royal family and invited guests were gathered – including British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Scottish Minister in her government Alister Jack and the head of the Scottish government Nicola Sturgeon, as well as representatives of Scottish charities under the patronage of Elizabeth – took part in the service.

After the coffin was placed in the central part of the cathedral, the Crown of Scotland was placed on it, made of gold, silver and precious gems. The head of the Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon, read an excerpt from the Book of Ecclesiastes that began with the words: “Everything has its time, and there is an appointed hour for all things under heaven. There is a time to give birth and a time to die.”

The gathered people sang, among other things, Psalm 23, beginning with the words “The Lord is my shepherd, I have nothing short of”, which, according to the BBC, was the Queen’s favorite hymn and sung, among other things, at her wedding with Prince Philip in 1947 at Westminster Abbey .

Pastor Calum MacLeod, who held the service at Edinburgh Cathedral, said Queen Elizabeth II’s love for Scotland “was legendary.”

Morag Mylne of the Church of Scotland thanked God for “a long life, a great example, steadfast commitment to service, strong faith and good humor, a wise and wonderful Queen.” – Thank you for the deep love she inspired all her subjects, for the countless ways in which she met and welcomed people of all walks of life, for the diplomacy with which she resolved conflicts, and for the stability she brought to her kingdoms and the Commonwealth of Nations, she said. The mass ended in about an hour.

Coffin with the body of Elizabeth II in the Cathedral of Saint Giles in EdinburghReuters

King Charles III left the Cathedral of St.  Giles

King Charles III left the Cathedral of St. Giles Reuters

After the service, the king received at the Palace of Holyroodhouse the head of the Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon, and then the president of the Scottish Parliament, Alison Johnstone.

Shortly before 7 p.m. (Polish time), Charles III appeared before the Scottish Parliament, from which he accepted condolences.

The Scottish Parliament commemorated Elizabeth IIReuters

King Charles III in the Scottish Parliament

King Charles III in the Scottish ParliamentReuters

In the evening, the king and members of the royal family were watching over the coffin of Elizabeth II.

King Charles III in front of Saint Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

King Charles III in front of Saint Giles’ Cathedral in EdinburghReuters

The new British monarch and his wife visited the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the British Parliament, in the morning. The House of Commons and the House of Lords expressed their condolences to the King on the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, and he spoke to Parliament for the first time as Head of State.

Charles III to the British Parliament: as I stand before you here and now, I feel the importance of history

Charles III to the British Parliament: as I stand before you here and now, I feel the importance of historyReuters

Late Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth’s coffin will be flown to Edinburgh Airport and from there by plane to RAF Northolt base in west London.

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