Elizabeth II’s coffin has been driven from the RAF Northholt airbase in west London to Buckingham Palace.
The casket was met by the Queen’s family when it arrived at the palace and will spend the night there in the Bow Room.
In an on-camera interview with Sky News on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston revealed that the casket had been flown from Edinburgh earlier on Tuesday on a C-17 Globemaster transport plane.
The majority of the 15,000 civilians we evacuated from Kabul last summer were transported by this “heavily utilised aircraft,” according to Wigston.
Additionally, he continued, “it has subsequently been involved in airlifting lethal aid nodes and humanitarian aid to support Ukraine.
The Queen was accompanied by Princess Anne on her last flight. Anne, the Queen’s lone daughter, was also the only one of her four children to travel Monday with her body from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh.
Anne stated in a statement that it had been “an honour and a joy” to travel with her mother on her last trips.
It has been inspiring and humbling to see how much love and respect so many people have exhibited during these journeys, she continued.
I extend my gratitude to everyone who shares our sense of loss. “We shall all have distinct recollections.”
On September 13, at Edinburgh Airport, pallbearers from the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force transport the Queen’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, into an RAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
On Monday night in Edinburgh, mourners lined up outside St. Giles’ Cathedral to pay their respects. More than 26,000 people, according to the Scottish government, were allowed to approach the Queen.
Following in the footsteps of his mother, who was regarded as a symbol of the union and a key figure during Northern Ireland’s peace process, Tuesday was Charles’ first journey to Northern Ireland as the country’s new monarch.
The King arrived to Hillsborough Castle during the historic visit, greeted the public, and examined flower tributes. He met with Chris Heaton-Harris, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, and the heads of the country’s two largest political parties there.
Alex Maskey, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, sent a message of condolence to Charles and Camilla. In response, the King said: “Throughout the years since she began her long life of public service, my mother saw Northern Ireland pass through momentous and historic changes, and through all of those years, she never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and for its people.”
The monarch continued by promising to emulate his mother’s commitment to “her country, her people, and to safeguard the values of constitutional government.”
The King and the Queen Consort came at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for an afternoon service of prayer and contemplation after the reception at the castle. Leaders from the religious and civic communities in all of Northern Ireland will be introduced to them. More than 800 people are anticipated to take part in the religious event, which was also attended by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss.
His visit comes at a troubling time for Northern Ireland, where political tensions are high and crucial Brexit-related issues are still up for discussion.
In spite of the fact that the majority of citizens chose to stay in the EU in the 2016 referendum, the UK’s ruling Conservative Party approved a Brexit deal that added new border controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the country.
For 70 of Northern Ireland’s 101 years of history, Elizabeth served as the monarch.
She served as monarch during the 30 brutal years of conflict known as “The Troubles,” in which UK unionists and Irish nationalists clashed, with the British Crown serving as a symbol of much of what riven the country.
Unionists have a strong sense of allegiance to the Crown and the traditional British ideals they see it as upholding. It represents the British forces that ruled over their forefathers and annexed their territory in the eyes of Irish nationalists.
The Irish Republicans assassinated Louis Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy of India and Charles’ favourite great-uncle, along with a number of his grandchildren in 1979.
When the Queen paid a visit to Northern Ireland in 2012, she officially set aside such divisions by shaking hands with Martin McGuinness, one of the republicans most closely involved with historical violence.
Another significant moment in the shaky peace process was when Charles shook hands with Gerry Adams in 2015. Adams had long been connected to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which was originally recognised as the armed wing of Sinn Fein, the current major party in Northern Ireland.