Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin erupted in applause as she arrived at Buckingham Palace

london – Queen Elizabeth II completed its final phase last journey Buckingham Palace home.

The coffin of the late British monarch was Flying from Edinburgh, Scotlandwent back to London on Tuesday and was then taken in a state chariot to her official home – six days before that State funeral at Westminster Abbey,

Thousands of people gathered in the palace on Tuesday evening before the arrival of the state body. It was raining as the crowd looked on in near silence, with some mourners tracking the car’s movements on their phones.

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace.Justin Tallis / AFP – Getty Images

People bowed their necks in hopes of catching a glimpse of the vehicle, saying what they believed to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment to say no matter how they felt about the queen and the monarchy, they turned to witness. were there for.

The crowd erupted in cheers and applause when the chariot was pulled into the palace, the last time the queen would reach her long home.

Image: Palbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on a chariot to be carried to Edinburgh Airport from St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on September 13, 2022.
Palbearers carry on a chariot to carry Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to Edinburgh Airport from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday.Strange Anderson / AFP – Getty Images

Ana Freitas, 39, was among those outside the palace. She had moved from Portugal to London 15 years ago and had tears in her eyes while talking about the queen.

“She was a perfect woman. She was a simple, perfect woman,” Freitas said.

Thousands have gathered at Buckingham Palace in recent days to pay tribute to the Queen, with bouquets of bright flowers and handwritten notes hanging outside the doors.

The arrival of the Queen’s coffin was a closely watched moment in a series of commemorative events, followed by Queen’s death on ThursdayAt the age of 96.

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston told Sky News that Elizabeth’s coffin was flown on a Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster airplane to RAF Northolt near London.

Wigston told the broadcaster that the plane was used to evacuate civilians from Afghanistan and to deliver humanitarian aid and weapons to Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

Tens of thousands of people are already paying tribute in London and Scotland, where the Queen died last week and played a central role in her posthumous march.

Elizabeth was fond of scotland, specifically Balmoral Castle of the Highlands and his family. On Sunday, the streets were crowded with nearby towns and villages His chariot got lost on a winding road to Edinburgh,

In the Scottish capital, the chariot was greeted by crowds packed along the Royal Mile, a steep cobbled street that leads to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where her body was carried by King Charles III and other prominent royals. and visited.

Charles and his siblings – Anne, Andrew and Edward – then followed the coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral in a procession held in almost complete silence, punctuated by cannon fire from Edinburgh Castle at the span of one minute.

Then the royal family stood guard in a vigil in the cathedral near his coffin.

Pictured: King Charles III and other members of the royal family hold a vigil at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 12, 2022.
King Charles III and other members of the royal family watch over the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Monday.Jane Barlow / Poole via AFP – Getty Images

Some waited more than six hours to see the coffin as it lay comfortably in St. Giles, with a line stretching for more than a mile through the city’s picturesque sandstone Old Town.

Charlotte Morrison, 20, who is from Aberdeen but attends college in Edinburgh, said, “I’m sad about it, but actually seeing her there just… gets surreal.”

Daniel Arkin reported from London; Alexander Smith reported from Edinburgh, Scotland.

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