‘Honour and a privilege’ for Anne to accompany her mother as she made last journey

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PRINCESS Anne gave a deep curtsy as the coffin passed her, carrying her mother to Buckingham Palace for the final time.

Princess Anne

Grief… the Princess Royal (Image: PA)

The headlights of the hearse that had pierced the darkness became ever more poignant as the seconds ticked by.

The rain only added to the sense of sadness that has engulfed everyone since it was announced Her Majesty had died last Thursday.

Then the roar of the huge engines burst through the night air as the plane prepared to complete its hour-long flight from Edinburgh.

It landed and slowly came to a stop. The Princess Royal emerged – dignified and proud but looking exhausted after an emotionally draining journey.

She descended and strode across the tarmac with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, to meet the dignitaries.

She spoke with the head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, shaking hands and receiving messages of condolence before turning to wait for the coffin.

In an incredibly emotional moment, the hearse moved slowly across the drenched tarmac and the rear door opened.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron, presented arms as the Queen was brought down, having completed her final flight back to England.

The guard then lowered the King’s Colour for The Royal Air Force in salute.

In the wait before the RAF C-17, with the coffin on board had broken through barrel-grey skies, there had been complete silence.

The headlights of the hearse that had pierced the darkness became ever more poignant as the seconds ticked by.

The rain only added to the sense of sadness that has engulfed everyone since it was announced Her Majesty had died last Thursday.

Then the roar of the huge engines burst through the night air as the plane prepared to complete its hour-long flight from Edinburgh.

It landed and slowly came to a stop. The Princess Royal emerged – dignified and proud but looking exhausted after an emotionally draining journey.

She descended and strode across the tarmac with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, to meet the dignitaries.

She spoke with the head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, shaking hands and receiving messages of condolence before turning to wait for the coffin.

Emotional

In an incredibly emotional moment, the hearse moved slowly across the drenched tarmac and the rear door opened.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron, presented arms as the Queen was brought down, having completed her final flight back to England.

The guard then lowered the King’s Colour for The Royal Air Force in salute.

The coffin was carried from the plane towards the hearse, before the troops turned to face Princess Anne, with heads bowed.

The rhythm of the soldier’s march against the tarmac produced a harrowing sound before they were ordered to halt.

Behind them was a Royal Air Force flag flying at half mast.

The Prime Minister Liz Truss, in black, and the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace were there along with the Air Chief Marshal.

Then came Anne’s most respectful curtsy as the hearse started off. She called it an “honour and a privilege” to accompany her mother.

The vehicle moved past the dignitaries, some with their heads bowed while others chose to salute.

The Guard of Honour were standing to attention, acknowledging a monarch who had so proudly served her nation for 70 years.

The body of Elizabeth II had, just several hours before, been lying in rest in its oak coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital.

Tens of thousands of people had paid their last respects there, with demand so high that the queue had to be closed just after midday.

People then packed into those historic streets of that city for a third consecutive day to see the coffin leave the cathedral.

Applause

Carried out of the church to the sound of a lone piper, it was placed in a hearse to head for Edinburgh Airport. The crowd, who had gathered in numbers in the late after- noon sunshine, burst into applause. The Royal Standard was later draped over the coffin, instead of the Royal Standard of Scotland.

Officials said the flags were discreetly switched while Her Majesty was in transit.

Once back in England, she was taken to Buckingham Palace in the state hearse, which has been designed by the Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover.

The shining vehicle is finished in Royal Claret, the same colour as the official royal and state vehicles kept in the Royal Mews at the Palace, and used by members of the Royal Family on official duties.

The vehicle features The Queen’s Personal Royal Cypher.

It has been designed to allow members of the public to have a clear view of the coffin as it travels through the streets of London, In extraordinary scenes, thousands of people lined the route to pay their respects as the Queen was driven to Buckingham Palace.

Princess Anne with the Queen

The Princess Royal as a child laughing with her mother and sitting next to Charles (Image: PA)

The coffin was carried from the plane towards the hearse, before the troops turned to face Princess Anne, with heads bowed.

The rhythm of the soldier’s march against the tarmac produced a harrowing sound before they were ordered to halt.

Behind them was a Royal Air Force flag flying at half-mast.

The Prime Minister Liz Truss, in black, and the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace were there along with the Air Chief Marshal.

Then came Anne’s most respectful curtsy as the hearse started off. She called it an “honour and a privilege” to accompany her mother.

The vehicle moved past the dignitaries, some with their heads bowed while others chose to salute.

The body of Elizabeth II had, just several hours before, been lying in rest in its oak coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital.

Tens of thousands of people had paid their last respects there, with demand so high that the queue had to be closed just after midday.

People then packed into those historic streets of that city for a third consecutive day to see the coffin leave the cathedral.

 

Anne and husband Sir Tim meet Group Captain McPhaden after arriving from Edinburgh

Anne and husband Sir Tim meet Group Captain McPhaden after arriving from Edinburgh yesterday (Image: PA)

Carried out of the church to the sound of a lone piper, it was placed in a hearse to head for Edinburgh Airport. The crowd, who had gathered in numbers in the late afternoon sunshine, burst into applause. The Royal Standard was later draped over the coffin, instead of the Royal Standard of Scotland.

Officials said the flags were discreetly switched while Her Majesty was in transit.

Once back in England, she was taken to Buckingham Palace in the state hearse, which has been designed by the Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover.

The shining vehicle is finished in Royal Claret, the same colour as the official royal and state vehicles kept in the Royal Mews at the Palace, and used by members of the Royal Family on official duties.

The vehicle features The Queen’s Personal Royal Cypher.

It has been designed to allow members of the public to have a clear view of the coffin as it travels through the streets of London, In extraordinary scenes, thousands of people lined the route to pay their respects as the Queen was driven to Buckingham Palace.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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