Poignant moment Princess Anne curtseys to her beloved mother as the Queen embarks on her final journey from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace

PRINCESS Anne curtseyed to her beloved mother yesterday as the Queen embarked on her final journey from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace.

Anne followed Her Majesty’s oaken coffin on a 6½ hour journey to Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where she was joined by brothers Andrew and Edward and Sophie Wessex.

Princess Anne curtseyed to her beloved mother as the Queen embarked on her final journey from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace

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Princess Anne curtseyed to her beloved mother as the Queen embarked on her final journey from Balmoral to Buckingham PalaceCredit: AP
Her Majesty's oaken coffin was driven from Balmoral to Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

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Her Majesty’s oaken coffin was driven from Balmoral to Holyroodhouse in EdinburghPhoto credit: Getty

The coffin, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, was carried into the palace by a military porter as Anne made her emotional gesture of respect.

A royal procession will take the coffin to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral today.

The Queen will lie there in state for a day before being taken to London.

Yesterday, on the first leg of her final journey, enthusiastic crowds filled the streets of Scottish towns in the route of her black Mercedes hearse and tens of thousands paid tribute in Edinburgh.

Flowers were thrown onto the street in front of the vehicle as Britain began the long mourning process for its cherished monarch.

Ros Kain, 46, traveled from England to be among the applauding crowds on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and said: “It was our way of saying thank you for a lifetime of service.

“It was incredibly sad, but nice that her people could say goodbye.”

On Friday, in his first speech as king, Charles III. said: “And to my beloved mom, as you embark on your final great journey to my dear late dad, I just want to say this: Thank you.

“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently over the years.”

The Queen had left Balmoral at 10.06am for a 175 mile journey to Edinburgh which would normally take less than three hours.

She finally arrived at 4:22 p.m. due to the large crowds on the route.

Each time the hearse passed through a town, it slowed to walking speed so the thousands of well-wishers could pay their respects.

The largest reception took place on the Royal Mile, where people had waited in places for 15 hours to catch a glimpse of the latest voyage.

The city had gone into readiness over the past 48 hours, closing roads and erecting hundreds of barriers to control crowds.

Security was tight, with hundreds of officers stationed across the city.

Armed police officers took up sniping positions on balconies and rooftops along the Royal Mile.


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Thankfully, the day passed without incident as the Queen arrived safely at the monarch’s official residence in Scotland.

She was received by a guard of honor formed by the Royal Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers, before her coffin – bearing a single wreath of flowers cut on it by the Balmoral estate – was carried into the palace’s throne room became.

Andrew, Edward and Sophie stood outside to greet them when the hearse arrived.

Around 50 palace employees also gathered in the courtyard.

Charles arrives in Edinburgh today, which means all four of the Queen’s children will be by her side.

Scottish leaders were proud that their country was able to play a part in their latest voyage because of their deep love for the country.

Speaking at the opening of the Scottish Parliament last year, she said: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I have always had of our time here.

“It’s often said that it’s the people that make a place. And there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “sad and poignant” to see her leave on TV for the last time yesterday.

She added: “Her Majesty’s death at Balmoral Castle means that Scotland has lost one of its most dedicated and beloved servants.

“The grief we have seen around the world has been profound and deeply touching.

“Today Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman as she travels to Edinburgh.”

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Robert Aldridge, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, added: “We are incredibly proud to be at the center of a historic moment.

“We are fully committed to ensuring that we present ourselves in the best possible way, as a sort of repayment to the Queen for the service she has rendered to the country.”

As the coffin passed the Scottish Parliament – just opposite the Palace – the country’s political leaders gathered to pay their respects.

Ms Sturgeon, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross and Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar were among those standing outside Holyrood as the hearse slowed.

Previously, well-wishers stood silently near Balmoral as Her Majesty began her journey.

She was driven to the nearby village of Ballater, a place she loved dearly and where she was treated like a neighbor.

The funeral procession was greeted with a muted silence through the crowded streets.

Lord Lieutenants from Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire stood outside Glenmuick Church in the center of town with Richard Baird, Commander of Clan Baird and a member of the Royal Company of Archers.

A lone motorcyclist led the way, accompanied by Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, in a limousine just behind the hearse.

Nearly 20 escort vehicles followed, including armed police, soldiers, police vans, an ambulance and a backup hearse should the main vehicle break down.

Shopkeeper Alistair Cassie, 78, said he was proud to have been among the locals invited to Balmoral to pay their respects privately in the main ballroom.

He said: “It was a moving experience. It’s a historic day, once in a lifetime. It’s a real sadness, everyone knew this day was coming because of their age but it’s still a difficult day.”

As the hearse made its way through Aberdeenshire, dozens of farmers paid their respects by lining the route with tractors.

Honor guards were formed in the fields.

As the Cortège continued south, crowds filled every bridge over the M90, which was adorned with Union Jack and Scottish flags.

Dozens of cars pulled onto the hard shoulder to get a look.

Dark clouds gathered in Edinburgh, but the rain held on.

Officer Rhonda Conlin, 48, from Stockton-on-Tees, said: “I can’t come to London for the funeral so I decided at the last minute to hop on a train and head north. I’m glad I did. This is the saddest of days but there is so much love and admiration for the Queen.”

The applause that greeted the Queen as she was wheeled down the Royal Mile dried up as the coffin drove into the palace grounds.

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The crowd sat still and still, lost in their own thoughts, as the Queen was carried to Holyrood.

Only then did the first raindrops fall.

A supportive Sophie comforts Anne, Princess Royal

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A supportive Sophie comforts Anne, Princess RoyalCredit: PA
Crowds line the streets of Edinburgh as the Queen's coffin arrived yesterday

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Crowds line the streets of Edinburgh as the Queen’s coffin arrived yesterdayCredit: PA
A woman weeps as the Queen's entourage passes by in Ballater

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A woman weeps as the Queen’s entourage passes by in BallaterPhoto credit: Getty
Crowds on a bridge watch the hearse on the M90 ​​at Kinross

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Crowds on a bridge watch the hearse on the M90 ​​at KinrossPhoto credit: AFP

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