The Queen’s coffin has arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, following a six-hour journey from Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital.
Crowds of mourners lined the streets of villages and cities, paying tribute to the monarch as her cortege made its way across Scotland on the first of the Queen’s 8-day journey to her final resting place.
At 10 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) the coffin left Balmoral, traveling through Scotland to the official Scottish residence of the British royal family.
The procession passed several villages and the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee, before making its way down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Large crowds gathered along the pavements of the Royal Mile, with some people camping out ahead of the momentous occasion.
Visitor Hilary Gemmell said she drove one and a half hours to Edinburgh with her mother as they wanted to pay their respects to the Queen.
“On Thursday night I definitely had a tear in my eye. I feel like we’ve lost one of the family,” Gemmell told CNN.
The coffin arrived at the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse at about 4.20 p.m. (11:20 a.m. ET), where it was greeted with an honor guard made up of the Royal Regiment of Scotland who performed a royal salute. It was set to be transferred to the palace’s Throne Room, giving household staff the opportunity to pay their final respects to the late monarch – similar to how the coffin was placed in the ballroom at Balmoral.
Also on Sunday, public proclamations to King Charles III took place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. King Charles, who was formally confirmed as the new monarch of the United Kingdom during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace on Saturday, met religious and Commonwealth leaders in central London on Sunday afternoon.