Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has landed in London, and will now be transported to Buckingham Palace by car.
The coffin was flown from Edinburgh aboard a C-17 Globemaster transport plane, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston told Sky News Tuesday in an on-camera interview.
It was “a heavily used aircraft, and it carried the majority of the 15,000 evacuees from Kabul last summer,” Wigston said.
“Since then, I have been involved in the transportation of humanitarian aid and lethal aid units to support Ukraine,” he added.
Princess Anne accompanied the Queen on her last trip. The late Queen’s only daughter, Anne, was also the only child of the Queen’s four children who took her coffin from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Monday.
The coffin will be moved to Buckingham Palace, where it will be received by her family and then rest in the Arch Room for the night.
Mourners had lined up outside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday evening for their turn to pay their last respects, before it closed on Tuesday afternoon. The Scottish government said more than 26,000 people had outrun the Queen.
Tuesday marked Charles’ first trip to Northern Ireland as the new monarch of the United Kingdom, following in the footsteps of his mother, who was Seen as a symbol of union He was an important figure during Northern Ireland The peace process.
The historic visit saw the King arrive at the royal residence, Hillsborough Castle, where he greeted the public and viewed the floral homage. There he met the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton Harris, and leaders of Northern Ireland’s largest political parties.
Charles and Camilla received a letter of condolence from the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Council, Alex Masky, to which the King replied: “In the years since I began her long life in public service, my mother has seen that Northern Ireland is undergoing important historical changes. Throughout those years, she has never stopped Praying at the best time for this place and its people.
King Charles added that he would follow his mother’s lead in dedicating herself “to her country and her people and upholding the principles of constitutional government”.
After the reception at the castle, the King and Queen Consort arrived at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for the afternoon prayer for prayer and reflection. They will be introduced to religious and community leaders from across Northern Ireland. More than 800 people are expected to take part in the religious service, which was also attended by British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
His visit comes at a turbulent moment for Northern Ireland, where political tensions are high and major issues around Brexit remain unresolved.
While the majority of the country voted to remain in the European Union 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 has been queen for 70 years of Northern Ireland’s 101-year history.
She was queen during the bloody thirty years of violence known as “the Troubles”, which pitted the United Kingdom’s unionists against Irish nationalists, and the British crown was a symbol of much of the division of the province.
Unionists are loyal to the Crown and the traditional British values they believe perpetuate. For Irish nationalists, it is a symbol of the British forces that subjugated their ancestors and annexed their lands.
Louis Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy in India, and Charles’s favorite uncle, was murdered by Irish Republicans along with several of his descendants in 1979.
The Queen was publicly set aside Those differences During a 2012 visit to Northern Ireland, he shook hands with Martin McGuinness, one of the Republicans most associated with the violence of the past.
Charles also shook hands with Jerry Adams in 2015, who is seen as another milestone in the fragile peace process as Adams Long linked With the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which was once considered the armed wing of Sinn Féin and is Now the biggest party in Northern Ireland.
The King and Queen are now back in London on their return from Belfast.
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