Surrounded by his wife, Queen consort Camilla, and his brothers, on 12 September 2022 King Charles III followed the procession leading to Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Holyroodhouse to St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on 12 September 2022. Windsor clan took part in a mass celebrated in honor of the late ruler in the Scottish capital.
To the sound of God save the king, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. This September 12, 2022, Scotland pays a final tribute to her beloved sovereign, the one who so much enjoyed her summer stays in the Highlands. The Honor Guard of the Royal Diet of Scotland stands alongside the hearse followed by King Charles III and his brothers, Princes Andrew and Edward, and Princess Anne.
Her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, walks a few steps back. Queen consort Camilla and the Countess of Wessex took their places in one of the vehicles in the procession. At the same time, cannons were fired from Edinburgh Castle.
The emotion of Camilla and Sophie
King Charles III dressed in his British Army field marshal uniform. He holds in his right hand the baton given to him by his mother, Elizabeth II, in 2012. The royal princess, the Earl of Wessex and Tim Laurence also wear uniforms. Retired from public life and an inactive member of the Windsor clan, the Duke of York is dressed in civilian clothes.
Only the hooves of the horses at the head and at the end of the procession ring out. The thousands of Scots massed on the side of the road respect a religious calm. Some immortalize the scene with their smartphone, others draw a bow as the coffin of their deceased ruler passes. After taking Canongate and then High Street, the funeral procession arrives on the Royal Mile, the oldest processional route in the kingdom.
Once in front of Saint-Gilles, the procession stops. Queen consort Camilla and Sophie of Wessex get out of the car and stand on the steps of the cathedral to watch the mother-in-law’s coffin pass by. Sadness can be seen on their faces. Both are very impressed by the disappearance of Elizabeth II. Covered with the royal standard in Scotland, the coffin is placed in the center of the nave. Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, sixteenth Duke of Hamilton and first peer of Scotland, lays the crown of the Stuarts there.
The reverend of Saint-Gilles, Calum Macleod, addresses the assembly and invites meditation. “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The eternal God is our refuge, and beneath him are the eternal arms. God is our refuge and our strength, a very current help in the time of tribulation, “he declares as he reads an excerpt from the Bible. “We gather, at this moment, a grieving nation that remembers with gratitude the long life and reign of your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, and for the many gifts and graces with which you have endowed her, for the fullness of her faith in trust entrusted to him and for all the benefits that you have granted to this people through it ”, continues the parish priest.
Then in the nave of the cathedral the touching voice of the Scottish singer Karen Matheson resounds, interpreting Psalm 118 in Gaelic: “I will not die, but I will live and I could discover the works of God”. Words that have a special meaning in this period of national mourning. Psalm 23 is also a touching tribute to the deceased ruler and her husband, Prince Philip. It had actually been played during their marriage in November 1947, reports on Twitter CNN reporter Max Foster. Tour à tour, le doyen de la Chapelle royale d’Écosse, David Fergusson, et l’aînée de l’Église d’Écosse, Morag Mylne, prennent la parole, tout comme la Première ministre Nicola Sturgeon, chargée de lire un passage de L’Ecclesiastes.
The service in honor of the deceased queen ends with a vibrant God save the king. King Charles III and his wife, Queen consort Camilla, leave the cathedral, followed by Princess Anne, Tim Laurence, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The sovereign returns in the direction of the Palace of Holyroodhouse where he will have to receive the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon before going to Parliament with his wife where the condolences of the deputies will be addressed to him. Shortly before, in the afternoon, the king and queen went to meet the public settled near the royal residence. Charles III then took part in the delivery of the keys to Edinburgh with the Lord Provost of the Scottish capital before reviewing the guard of honor installed in the courtyard of Holyroodhouse.
The body of Elizabeth II will remain for twenty-four hours in Saint-Gilles where the Scots will be able to pay homage to it one after the other. During the evening the sovereign and his brothers and sisters will hold a vigil around the coffin of their beloved mother.