It may be the most emotional moment since the news of his death King Charles III have been. Four days after the death of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II. , the newly crowned king has her coffin in a procession through Scotland directed. An escort that could go down in history like the death of the record queen herself. We show the procession in the video above.
Before the Queen was transferred from Edinburgh to London this Tuesday, thousands of Scots bid farewell to the late Elizabeth II at a funeral procession. King Charles III led a procession with the coffin on foot in the old town of the Scottish capital on Monday. In the morning, the new monarch received expressions of condolence from members of parliament in the lower and upper houses in London. Grandson Prince Harry once again paid tribute to the Queen as a role model for duty and thanked her for her smile.
Thousands of Scots lined the way when, alongside Charles (73), behind the car with the coffin wrapped in the royal standard, his siblings Princess Anne (72), Prince Edward (58) and the controversial Prince Andrew (62) ran.
A 22-year-old was arrested during the funeral procession, police said. He is accused of breach of the peace. A short clip was shared on social media showing a man yelling at the procession before being dragged away.
The procession led from the royal residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to St Giles Cathedral, just over a kilometer away, where a service was held. The closed coffin should remain there for around 24 hours so that the population can continue to say goodbye.
Prince Andrew was the only one of the Queen's children not to wear a military uniform during the largely silent procession. Earlier this year, the Queen stripped him of all military ranks for his involvement in the abuse scandal surrounding the late US multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. He had already lost his official role as representative of the royal family.
Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, were greeted with applause when they arrived in Edinburgh city center in their car on Monday afternoon. Thousands of people had gathered along the central Royal Mile since the morning hours.
The Queen's body is scheduled to be flown to London on Tuesday evening, where the deceased will be laid out for several days. The first mourners arrived there on Monday at the presumed beginning of the queue.
Also in London on Wednesday, Charles will lead a funeral procession to go from Buckingham Palace to Parliament. There the coffin will be laid out on a scaffolding known as a catafalque in Westminster Hall from 5 p.m. (local time). Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the wake. A Conservative MP even spoke of up to two million people on Monday.
Until the morning of the state funeral, the population has the opportunity to pay the Queen one last visit and say goodbye. The state funeral, to which Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants to travel for Germany, is scheduled for Monday, September 19th. The British get an extra holiday for this. Until then, national mourning applies, official events and parliamentary operations are suspended. (cko with dpa)