London – The coffin ofhas returned to Buckingham Palace, the Associated Press reported. Earlier on Tuesday, the late monarch left Scotland for the last time.
A military C-17 Globemaster carrying the queen’s remains landed Tuesday night at RAF Northolt, an air force base west of London, about an hour after it left Edinburgh, Scotland, the Associated Press reported. The State Hearse carrying the coffin made its way through the rainy streets of London, where crowds of mourners lined up to pay their respects.
Earlier in the day, people filled Scotland’s capitalin person.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to wait hours for a chance to see the queen’s coffin later this week as it lies in state at Westminster Hall.
The coffin was earlier taken from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, after it was taken in a solemn procession through the Scottish capital to silence the crowd.
At the airport, as the Royal Regiment of Scotland, in ceremonial kilts, looked on, a Royal Air Force bearer party slowly carried the coffin.
Thewas played as the plane parked on the runway and the queen, who died at her beloved Balmoral home in the Highlands last week aged 96, left Scotland for the last time.
The late monarch will be taken to Buckingham Palace for the night before being taken to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where some well-wishers have been queuing for 24 hours to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-serving sovereign.
Two women, Grace and Vanessa, said they had lined up, waiting overnight to pay their respects a full day before the queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster.
“This morning, we went to the actual rehearsal of Her Majesty’s coffin into Westminster Hall. It was heartbreaking, the solemnness of the occasion,” Grace told the BBC. “I think the whole country will be heartbroken and in floods of tears. We are.”
“This is the way we want to honor the queen, who has done great service to the country and the commonwealth and the world,” Vanessa said.
The coffin will be taken by carriage to Buckingham Palace in the center of the capital. On Wednesday, the queen’s coffin will be moved in a procession the short distance from the palace to Westminster Hall, where the late monarch will lie in state until her state funeral on Monday.
King Charles III, along with his wife Camilla, the queen consort, visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday. They will meet with politicians and religious leaders and attend a service in St. Anne’s Cathedral before returning to London later that day.
AFP contributed to this report.