Touching moment grieving Princess Anne is comforted by Sophie Wessex after following the Queen’s coffin for six hours

A HEARING Princess Anne was comforted by Sophie Wessex as her mother the Queen was taken to Holyroodhouse.

Anne followed Her Majesty’s oak coffin on a 6½ hour drive to Edinburgh, where she was joined by brothers Andrew and Edward and the Countess of Wessex.

Princess Anne was comforted by Sophie


Princess Anne was comforted by SophieCredit: PA
Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex all watched as the Queen's coffin was carried to Holyroodhouse


Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex all watched as the Queen’s coffin was carried to HolyroodhouseCredit: PA
Today the coffin will be transferred to St Giles' Cathedral


Today the coffin will be transferred to St Giles’ CathedralCredit: PA

Anne, the Queen’s second child and only daughter, looked tearful alongside her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence after the emotional trip around Scotland.

She looked sad as she looked at the crowd that had gathered outside for the long journey.

Finally they arrived in Edinburgh at 4pm where the coffin, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, was carried into the Palace by a military porter.

Outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Sophie, 57, wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 58, was seen putting her hand on the princess’ back in a touching gesture of support.

And in a nice show of respect for her beloved mother, Anne curtseyed to the coffin as it passed through the doors.

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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.

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.

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“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.” Touching moment grieving Princess Anne is comforted by Sophie Wessex after following the Queen’s coffin for six hours


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