The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives in London and is driven to Buckingham Palace.
The coffin was flown from Edinburgh on a C-17 Globemaster transport plane, Field Marshal Mike Wigston said in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday.
It was “a high-use aircraft, carrying most of the 15,000 people evacuated from Kabul last summer,” Wigston said.
“And since then it has been involved in airlifting humanitarian aid and lethal aid nodes to help Ukraine,” he added.
Princess Anne accompanied the Queen on her final flight. Anne, the only daughter of the deceased monarch, was also one of the Queen’s four children who accompanied the coffin from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Monday.
The coffin is taken to Buckingham Palace, where it is received by her family and rests overnight in the Bow Room.
Mourners lined up outside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday night, waiting for their final turn to pay their respects before closing on Tuesday afternoon. The Scottish government said more than 26,000 people had submitted through the Queen.
On a historic visit, the King arrived at the royal residence, Hillsborough Castle, where he greeted the common people and saw a wreath laying. There he met with Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State, Chris Heaton Harris, and leaders of Northern Ireland’s largest political parties.
Charles and Camilla received a message of condolences from Alex Muskie, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Parliament, to which the King replied: Over the years, she never stopped praying for the best for this place and its people. ”
King Charles added that he would follow in his mother’s example “serving the principles of constitutional government and being devoted to his country and people.”
Following the reception at the castle, the King and Queen arrived at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for an afternoon prayer and meditation service. They are introduced to faith and community leaders across Northern Ireland. More than 800 people are expected to attend the service, which was also attended by British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
His visit comes at a disturbing time for Northern Ireland, where political tensions are high and key issues surrounding Brexit remain unresolved.
While a majority of the UK voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, the UK’s ruling Conservative Party signed a Brexit deal that created new tariff barriers between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.
Elizabeth was the monarch for 70 years of Northern Ireland’s 101-year history.
She was queen during 30 years of bloody violence known as “The Troubles”. The riot was a symbol of much of how the British crown divided the states, pitting British trade unionists against Irish nationalists.
Unionists are loyal to the Crown and the traditional British values they believe it protects. For Irish nationalists, it is a symbol of the British forces that conquered their ancestors and annexed their lands.
Louis Mountbatten, the last British Governor-General to India and Charles’ favorite great-uncle, was murdered by Irish Republicans in 1979 along with several grandchildren.
the queen publicly set aside the difference between them During a visit to Northern Ireland in 2012, I shook hands with Martin McGuinness, one of the Republicans most implicated in past violence.
The King and Queen are back in London from Belfast.
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