EDINBURGH, Scotland (Fwrd Axis) — Britain has been in mourning for three days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week and on Sunday her coffin began its journey to its final resting place.
The monarch’s coffin began its journey from Balmoral, the Scottish castle where she died, to Holyroodhouse, her palace in Edinburgh. The journey will continue Tuesday to Buckingham Palace in London and she will eventually arrive at her final resting place at Westminster Abbey.
The coffin left Balmoral Castle Sunday morning as it was draped with royal standards and surrounded by a wreath of flowers. As the coffin made its journey, crowds lined highways and filled overpasses as cars stopped along the road to get a view and pay their respects.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will lie in state at St. Giles’ Cathedral, giving the public a chance to view it before being transported to London.
Meanwhile, King Charles III was officially proclaimed king in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The crowd that gathered started to cheer and sing “God save the king!” and sang the national anthem.
A large crowd gathered in Scotland, which included those who wish to break away from the U.K. to ditch the views of the royals along with the anti-monarchist protesters that gathered as they were seen turning their backs and shouting.
Charles and his wife, Camilla, Queen Consort, will fly to Edinburgh on Monday for the procession up the historic Royal Mile. Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry will follow on foot as a 21-gun salute will fire from Edinburgh Castle.
President Joe Biden confirmed on Sunday he has accepted a formal invitation to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19.
“President Biden formally accepted an invitation to attend the State Funeral Service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 19,” the White House said. “He will be accompanied by the First Lady.”