The Prince and Princess of Wales received The Queen’s Coffin

Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has arrived home - for the one last time.
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Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has arrived home – for the one last time.

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The King, The Queen, The Prince, and Princess of Wales, this evening, received the Coffin of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The 96 years-old Queen Elizabeth II died on September 08th at Balmoral Castle.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at the Palace.

 

 

The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne had remained her steadfast companion in the last 6 days. It’s hard to loss a parent and it’s harder to lose a parent and be in the public eye going through every ritual. Both Charles and Anne had done a great job.  It’s lovely to see them having constant companionship from their partners. While Queen Camilla has proven a rock beside King Charles, Princess Royal also has a strong support system from her husband Sir Tim Lawrence.

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Some of the family members would have seen the Queen for the first time since her demise tonight. The Princess of Wales is one of them. The receiving was private as expected and understandable. The family rarely got the moment to grieve privately as the moment The Queen died, the process of accession started.

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Pallbearers from the Queen’s Colour Squadron (63 Squadron RAF Regiment) transfer the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to the Royal Hearse having removed it from the C-17 at the Royal Air Force Northolt airbase

 

Some details about the State Hearse that carried The Late Queen’s Coffin from Northolt to Buckingham Palace.

 

The members of the public on the route stopped their cars on the side and paid respect to the Queen.

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When the State Hearse arrived at Victoria Memorial, it unexpectedly did a loop so that members of the public that has gathered on both side can have a look at the Coffin.

Since Thursday, it was a long journey for the Late Queen. On Sunday, The Queen’s Coffin departed Balmoral Castle via a 6-hour long Road Journey accompanied by Princess Royal and her husband Sir Tim Lawrence. Upon arrival at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, The Queen was laid to rest at the Throne Room of the Castle.

Yesterday, Her Coffin was taken from the Palace to St. Giles’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, where after the service of Thanksgiving and a vigil from her four children, She was laid there in rest so that people can pay their respect. Approximately 33000 people entered the Catherdral in just 24 hours to pay the tribute to the late Queen.

Her four children mounted vigil at St. Gile’s cathedral yesterday.

Today afternoon, The Coffin of the Late Queen was transported to Edinburgh airport from where it traveled to London. In London, The Royal Family was ready to receive The Queen for the last time.

The Prince and Princess of Wales received The Queen's Coffin
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Palace announced yesterday that The Prince and Princess of Wales would be joining the King and The Queen to receiving of the Coffin after which The Coffin will be moved to The Bow Room, where The Queen used to have dinner with dignitaries.

A view of Buckingham Palace's Bow Room where Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin will be laid
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A rota of chaplains to the King, who was formerly appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, will keep watch over the coffin while it rests in the Bow Room.

The Prince and Princess of Wales received The Queen's Coffin
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Tomorrow a Royal procession will carry the Coffin to Westminster Abbey for state-lying-in that will last until Monday when the State funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey.


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Since The Queen’s demise, Both Queen Camilla and The Princess of Wales were seen wearing pearls during public appearances. Many have questioned the reasoning behind it – is it because pearls were Queen’s favorite or if there is any other reason behind it?

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Carly from Kate Middleton Style shared this article that explains it.

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The pearls are a symbol of mourning and date back to Queen Victoria’s reign.  More from the article,

When Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert died in 1861, she was so overwhelmed by grief, that she wore all black for the rest of her life, a period that spanned almost 40 years. Her head-to-toe black ensembles were broken only by the occasional piece of jewelry. Most of it was black, or colorless, but Queen Victoria also wore white pearls, as they were considered to denote purity and tears.

To mourn the loss of both her daughter Princess Alice in 1878, as well as Prince Albert, Queen Victoria wore brooches made with their initials, and a jet-black pendant set with a single, white pearl, establishing a tradition that has lasted until the present day.

As a monarch, Queen Elizabeth followed court protocol rigidly. Following the tradition set by Queen Victoria, she wore pearls to attend the funeral of her uncle, the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII in 1972. His abdication forced his brother, the queen’s father, onto the throne as King George VI. At the Duke of Windsor’s funeral, both Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother wore pearls.

 

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