October 4, 2022

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Scotland. A step-by-step procession of Elizabeth II’s coffin this Sunday

The coffin of Elizabeth II, who died in her Scottish home of Balmoral on Thursday, will be carried across Scotland this Sunday to reach Edinburgh, where members of the public can pay their first respects to the monarch.

The royal casket is expected to pass through the streets of many Scottish villages and towns. It specifically passes through the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee.

Here are the details of the hearse’s journey, which is expected to take at least six hours to cover nearly 300 kilometers across the Scottish countryside.

Departs Balmoral at 11 am.

Since her death on Thursday at the age of 96, the Queen’s coffin has been kept in Balmoral, draped with the Scottish royal standard and crown.

After being escorted from Balmoral Gardens to the hearse by six gamekeepers, the procession will proceed to the nearby village of Ballater, where officers from the county of Aberdeenshire will pay their respects.

Aberdeen at 12pm

Elizabeth II’s remains will be flown to Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city and an oil-industry hub known for its gray granite buildings.

After another tribute by local officials, a public viewing of the coffin will take place in the city’s historic park.

Dundee at 3:15 p.m.

The procession will arrive in Dundee, the fourth largest city on Scotland’s east coast, around 3:15 p.m. After that, the corporation officials will bid farewell to him.

En route to Edinburgh, the coffin will cross a bridge similar to the iconic Forth Bridge, which carries trains over the Firth of Forth estuary.

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Edinburgh at 5 p.m

After a six-hour journey, the Queen’s coffin will arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 5pm. Located in Edinburgh, this palace is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.

People are expected to queue on the road leading from the north of the city towards the centre.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and party leaders will gather in Parliament to witness the coffin being carried out.

On Monday, a procession will take place along the Royal Mile, the Old City’s main avenue, to Saint-Gilles Cathedral, where he will lie in repose for 24 hours after a religious service. On Tuesday evening, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to London.