Queen's coffin arrives in Edinburgh where public will be able to pay tribute as she lies in rest

The Queen left Balmoral for the final time on Sunday and the people of Scotland came out to watch the cortege make its way to Edinburgh and pay their respects - Chris Ship reports

The Queen’s coffin has arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh where Her Majesty will remain overnight, following a six-hour journey by road from Balmoral.

The Princess Royal, Duke of York and the Duke of Wessex were present as their mother's coffin was taken into the palace.

Draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland and with a wreath of flowers on top, it had remained at rest in the castle's ballroom so the late monarch’s loyal Balmoral estate workers could say their last goodbyes.

The oak coffin was lifted into a hearse at 10am on Sunday by six of the estate’s gamekeepers, who were tasked with the symbolic gesture, ready for the journey to Edinburgh.

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Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were in a limousine as part of a procession directly behind her.

The Duchess of Wessex also joined her husband to be part of the cortege.

Well-wishers gathered along the route the cortege took as it travelled from Balmoral to the Scottish capital.

As it entered Edinburgh, members of the public lined the streets to pay their respects and burst into applause as the cortege passed them.

As the Queen’s coffin passed the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s political leaders assembled to pay their respects.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater and Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton stood on the pavement outside Holyrood as the hearse slowed.

The coffin will remain at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the monarch's official residence in Edinburgh - overnight.

Princess Anne travelled behind the hearse as the Queen's coffin travelled to Edinburgh Credit: PA

After a service at the city's St Giles' Cathedral on Monday, the Queen's coffin will remain there for 24 hours, where people will be able to see Her Majesty lying at rest.

On Tuesday, the Queen's coffin will be moved to Edinburgh Airport. It will then be flown down to London and placed in Westminster Hall on Wednesday where it will lie in state until the State Funeral on Monday 19 September.

Ahead of the arrival of the Queen's coffin in Edinburgh, a woman was arrested for "breaching the peace" near St Giles.

The 22-year-old woman was seen holding an anti-monarchist sign saying "abolish monarchy" ahead of the Accession Proclamation of the King in Edinburgh.

Soon after leaving Balmoral, the coffin passed through the nearby town of Ballater, where many local people knew the Queen. There was an “overwhelming emotion” when the Queen’s coffin passed through the Aberdeenshire village, the local minister said.

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One well-wisher said: "My father passed away last year as well and he was in the Ballater pipe band, and he played at the Highland gathering every year. So the Queen was very much part of my life.

"I think Aberdeenshire meant a lot to the Royal Family and the Royal Family meant a lot to Aberdeenshire. As the hearse drove by I definitely felt emotional."

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, passing along the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Credit: PA

Reverend David Barr said locals regarded the Windsors as “like neighbours”, particularly as the Queen had been coming to Balmoral Castle since she was a girl, and people in the area had long-standing relationships with the estate.

He said: “When she comes up here, and she goes through those gates, I believe the royal part of her stays mostly outside.

“And as she goes in, she was able to be a wife, a loving wife, a loving mum, a loving gran and then later on a loving great gran – and aunty – and be normal."

He added: “Now 70 years, she’s given her life, even up to the very last day, she’s given us service.

“So, here in the village, we want to give back, (and) by allowing the royal family to come here and go into the shops and have a cup of coffee and not be bothered.

Members of the public line the streets in Ballater. Credit: PA

“That’s what this community has done for 70 years.”

He added: “As you stand here today and you watch Her Majesty pass, that will be very tangible and be very real for people, and I think that will bring on an overwhelming amount of emotion.”

The cortege passed out of Ballater and on to Aboyne, Banchory and Drumoak where well wishes also lined the streets waiting for the Queen's coffin to pass.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II passing through Dundee as it continues its journey to Edinburgh from Balmoral. Credit: PA

The fleet of cars slowed down, to around walking speed, where there were crowds.

Arriving in Aberdeen, the streets were lined with thousands of people waiting to pay their respects to the late Queen.

The fleet of cars then travelled south along the A90, where it arrived in Dundee just after 2pm.

Making its first official stop on its way down to Edinburgh, local dignitaries from across Tayside and Fife got the chance to pay their respects.

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In London, Charles met Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, at Buckingham Palace, and he will later host High Commissioners and their spouses, from countries where he is head of state, at the royal residence’s Bow Room.

The King arrived to crowds lining the roads cheered and waved as his black car drove down The Mall and into the Palace gates accompanied by a motorcade of four cars and four police motorbikes.

Charles could be seen waving to people through the windows of his car which was flying the new royal standard.

Children sat on top of parents’ shoulders and people took photos as they watched the new sovereign arrive.

The King is expected to travel to Scotland tomorrow to be part of the services marking his mother's death in the country.