The queen began her final journey from her beloved Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire and moving down in north-east coast to Edinburgh.
Cortege with her coffin left Balmoral around 10 am and did it slow progress through the villages of Royal Deeside allowing thousands who lined up the route to place a bet final farewell to the country’s longest-serving monarch and a woman whom many locals considered a dear neighbor.
Passing the Crati Kirk, small the granite church where the Queen worshiped every Sunday during her annual summer vacation in Highlands, the hearse drove to the nearest village of Ballater where the queen was regular buyer and well known to the locals.
There crowds gathered from 7 am, with well organized visit with supermarket bags of snacks and folding chairs.
A little of in first to arrive were Alexander family three generations of who left Huntley, an hour drive through the forest from north.
Eight-year-Old Hamish said his iPad told him the Queen dead. Florence, 11, said she saw the Queen in her cara five-year-old Gracie carefully guarded their common bath of sweets. Nobody likes these, she said, holding up an unloved pink and white confection.
Their grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Alexander, who was named after the queen and was born on Coronation day, said it family tradition to visit Balmoral. She traveled here on Sunday morning with her two daughters and three grandchildren.
“The Queen has always been part of of our life, summer when it stays in Scotland. We often saw her somewhere nearby, and community always respected her privacy. She was so relaxed here, even in how she got dressed. It felt like having her head of what family was a constant.
When the sun came up warming crowds in in main streetall generations were going, from the kids in wheelchairs for the elderly people manufacturing use of numerous benches around the church.
Some have come in full mourning dress, in kilts or military uniform, others in more practical rustic clothing of the view that the queen herself preferred when she rested here.
Carol Gregory and her husband from Birmingham, deviated holiday in Inverness to Ballater, draping union flag through the metal barriers of the crowd in front of the church. Like many in When the crowd was asked why they wanted to come, Gregory simply replied, “We were supposed to be here. She was our queen.”
She said there’s value in come together at such an important moment as this. “I wanted be apart of this, this moment in history and end of era. And maybe when I see her go past he will drown in that she actually left because at the moment it seems surreal. She has always been consistent.”
From Ballater, the cortege would travel east on the winding, single-lane A93 a few of the villages of Aboyne, Banchory and Pietercalter along the River Dee – short of the A90 motorway, dual roadway leading motorcade south, passing Dundee and Perth before reaching Edinburgh six hours after.
first minister will take part party meeting of leaders parliament watch the passage of the coffin. So be it remain at Holyroodhouse before going to bed on Monday at St. Giles’ Cathedral.
Frank Groves sat alone on a black bench Glenmwick parish church dressed in dark suit and tie and with a bouquet of flowers tied with a black ribbon. 70-year- the old one drove an hour and a half half from the fishing village of Cruden Bay to Ballater which he visited with his wife Jeanette after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. it is inevitable public grief reminded him of his own loss, seven years ago. “On our darkest days we would drive up here and treat we will have lunch at the Old Station restaurant’, he recalled.
“You are finishing up feeling part of her family,” he said of Queen. “Ballater is special place and she was able to relax here. From the moment I was born, the Queen was there, when I went to school, got married, and when my wife died, she was there. She almost feels like distant relative”.
See the coffin go past will be the culmination of sadness,” Groves said. “Notes need what to move on. Britain won’t be the same without her.