Queen Elizabeth II's coffin road from Balmoral to Edinburgh

By Lucía Murphy

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin road from Balmoral to Edinburgh

Queen makes its way from the gates of Balmoral to Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II left her Scottish state Balmoral castle as the monarch who died after 70 years on the throne began her last journey back to London, where she will rest in peace at St. George's chapel in Windsor, England, after 70 years of reigning in the UK and as head of State of 13 countries. 

Early Sunday flowers and other tributes were piled up outside the gates of Balmoral, the summer retreat where the queen died on Thursday. Gamekeepers carried the late sovereign’s oak coffin on Sunday from the castle’s ballroom to a hearse to begin a six-hour journey through Scottish towns to the Holyroodhouse.

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Before reaching the Scottish capital, the hearse will travel trough the countryside, visiting locations linked with House of Windsor incluiding Dyce, where the late queen oficially opened the UK's first North Sea oil pipeline, and Fife near St. Andrews University, where her grandson William, now the Prince of Wales, studied.

With the presence of the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, the cortege slowly made its way from the remote castle, winding through small towns and villages to Edinburgh where the flag-draped coffin was taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. “She was extraordinary" said the Prime minister of Scotland, Liz Truss. 

Thousands of mourners and curious lined parts of the coffin's route 

Crowds lined parts of the route as the nation mourns its longest-reigning monarch, the only one most Britons have ever known. In the Scottish village of Ballater, where residents regard the royal family as neighbors, hundreds of people watched as the hearse passed by on the final journey to late Queen Elizabeth II.