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Princess Anne dropped a curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, as it was carried into the Palace of Holyroodhouse after a crowd-lined final journey from Balmoral.  Thousands of mourners lined streets in Scottish towns and cities throughout Sunday, as the cortege made the six-hour trip from the Queen's favourite Highland retreat to Edinburgh.  A seven-car cortege carrying the oak casket, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, left Balmoral Castle at 10.07am before the poignant curtsy and a guard of honour welcomed it to Holyroodhouse, where her late Majesty had stayed only weeks before. 

The hearse's convoy included the Princess Royal, the Queen's daughter, her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence the minister of Crathie Kirk and a representative of the Lord Chamberlain's Office.

9:22PM

What happened today?

We will be resuming our live updates in the morning, but until then here is a summary of Sunday's events as Britain's national mourning continues. 

  • Queen Elizabeth II's funeral cortege left Balmoral Castle for the first time for a six-hour, 180-mile journey to Edinburgh, which began just after 10am. 
  • Thousands of mourners applauded while lining the streets of Aberdeen, Dundee and motorway verges along the route, with Princess Anne, the Queen's daughter, following the hearse in convoy. 
  • After a stunning route which also took in the Forth River and Edinburgh's iconic Royal Mile, the coffin was carried by a guard of honour into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it was laid to rest overnight.
  • Visibly emotional at Holyroodhouse, the Countess of Wessex comforted Princess Anne after she curtsied her mother's arrival. 
  • King Charles III was officially proclaimed as monarch in cities across the United Kingdom.
  • Elsewhere, crowds continued to leave floral tributes across the country and further tributes flooded in from global political leaders, while the US President Joe Biden confirmed he would be attending the funeral on September 19.
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In pictures: Floral tributes at Royal residences

Flowers left at the gates of the Sandringham Estate where Queen Elizabeth II had one of her royal residencesFlowers left at the gates of the Sandringham Estate where Queen Elizabeth II had one of her royal residencesCredit:WILLIAM CONRAN/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockFlowers, cards and messages left in St James's Park as people pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth IIFlowers, cards and messages left in St James's Park as people pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth IICredit:NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockTributes at Cambridge gate outside Windsor Castle Tributes at Cambridge gate outside Windsor Castle Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire8:54PM

Small chance of rain for Queen's lying in state

Mourners face a small chance of waiting in the rain to see the Queen's coffin. People in Edinburgh will be able to view the coffin at St Giles' cathedral from 5pm on Monday, where it will remain for around 24 hours until it is taken by RAF plane to London. The Queen will lie in state for four days in Westminster Hall, arriving there in the afternoon of September 14, with thousands expected to face lengthy waits. 

The Met Office said there would be "some patchy, light rain" for those in Edinburgh visiting the coffin on Monday, but this would clear up in the afternoon. London will face "thundery showers" on Tuesday evening, but drier weather from Wednesday until the funeral, Met Office forecasters added. 

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Watch: Security guard's opera tribute to Queen Elizabeth brings London train station to tears

This is the moving moment a security guard teamed up with a Cambridge University organist for an impromptu opera tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in a central London railway station.  Tourists flocking to London Bridge station to join the national mourning were stunned by the "lovely" moment on Sunday afternoon and formed a crowd to listen. 

Anna Lapwood, the director of music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, said she "sponteneously stopped off" to play the station's public organ.  But after playing several songs for the late monarch, who died aged 96 on Thursday, a station security guard asked the organist if she could play Lascia ch'io pianga. 

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What happens next? 

Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19, Buckingham Palace has announced. It will be a public bank holiday. 

Details of the late Queen's final journey from Balmoral to Windsor, and when members of the public can pay their respects, have been released by The Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, who is coordinating the arrangements for the funeral. After Sunday's six-hour cortege from Balmoral to Edinburgh, here's what happens next. 

  • Monday: tribute service reflecting Scottish society at St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, before the coffin rests there for a 24-hour vigil. 
  • Tuesday: the coffin will be flown from Edinburgh to London and arrive by hearse at Buckingham Palace in a guard of honour. 
  • Wednesday: ceremonial route down the Mall to Westminster Hall, followed by the King and members of the Royal Family and gun salutes.
  • Thursday: four days of lying of state begins at Westminster Hall.
  • Monday September 19: the state funeral.

Read more on all the fine details here. 

8:10PM

Prince Harry told mourners Windsor Castle feels 'lonely' without the late Queen

The Duke of Sussex has said Windsor Castle is a "lonely" place without his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. He and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, were reunited in sorrow with the Prince and Princess of Wales as they talked to mourners on Saturday.

The Prince of Wales asked his brother and his wife to join him and the Princess of Wales for the walkabout, the first time the "fab four" have been seen together since early 2020. During the surprise walkabout, the Duke of Sussex told mourners in Windsor that the castle was "a lonely place up there now without her".

8:09PM

Biden accepts invitation to Queen's funeral

US president Joe Biden has formally accepted an invitation to attend the state funeral service for the Queen. The White House said that the President will be accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden.

7:54PM

Will Biden let Trump come to the Queen's funeral? 

Joe Biden faces a dilemma over whether to invite Donald Trump to join him in attending Queen Elizabeth's funeral next Monday, our US correspondent David Millward writes

The president has confirmed that he will cross the Atlantic to join other foreign dignitaries in paying their respects to the late monarch, but Mr Trump's attendance is in his successor's hands. "I don't know what the details are yet, but I will be going," Mr Biden confirmed on Friday. Buckingham Palace has instructed individual countries to decide who will represent them at the state funeral, according to CNN. 

The logistics of inviting Mr Trump to join him in crossing the Atlantic on Air Force One could prove problematic for Mr Biden, given that his predecessor still refuses to accept the result of the 2020 election.

7:29PM

Meanwhile at Buckingham Palace...

The atmosphere by Buckingham Palace and London's Mall has grown increasingly upbeat and celebratory throughout the day, as well-wishers celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's reign.  Chatter and laughter rippled through the crowds lining the road for a glimpse of the King, who departed the palace shortly after a day of meetings. With London transport hubs seeing an influx of tourists, jubilant crowds at the palace gates have begun cheering every passing vehicle. 

Applause and shouts of "wooo" greeted trucks crrying Portaloos on the Mall, while cheers also followed dozens of people wearing black suits, thought to be Army personnel, as they were led through the palace gates.

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'Monumental day'

Ukrainian refugee Daria Oskolkova said she turned out to see "the Queen off on her final journey" as her coffin made its way along the Royal Mile. "It was very emotional to be here," said the 38-year-old who now lives in Glasgow. Adriana Vraghici, from Edinburgh, described the event as a "monumental day".

"The Queen has been part of our lives for so long, it's just nice to be so close, seeing the coffin, because she has been such an important part of our lives," said the 25-year-old, who added: "She has served the country in such an amazing way".

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Watch: Thousands flank Edinburgh's Royal Mile to see late Queen's cortege

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How the late Queen made her Piper chuckle

Pipe Major Scott Methven, who was the Queen's Piper until 2019, has recalled the "banter" he had with the "easy-going and funny" monarch during his four-year tenure. The professional bagpiper recalled accidentally calling the Queen Your Royal Highness in Windsor during the Royal Ascot week. "She never missed a beat.

She just looked to the right. I said 'I do beg your pardon, good afternoon Your Majesty' and she grabbed me by the arm and said 'Pipes, it has been 60 years since somebody called me Your Royal Highness and I quite liked it'," he told PA news agency.  "It was brilliant and she was laughing."

Mr Methven added: "The first time when I was appointed, she turned around and said to me 'Look, the only reason you got this job is because you're the same height as me' and then she just walked away."

6:31PM

'Grief is the price we pay for love'

Joe Biden has paid tribute to the late Queen as he remembered the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US. He recalled the powerful message Queen Elizabeth II sent to him in the aftermath of the disaster in 2001.  "Grief is the price we pay for love," she told him.

Quoting this message on the 21st anniversary of the attacks on Sunday, Mr Biden added: "Many of us have experienced that grief, and you've all experienced it. "And on this day, when the price feels so great, Jill and I are holding all of you close to our hearts."

6:18PM

How Sophie, Countess of Wessex became Queen Elizabeth II's 'favourite'

When senior members of the Royal family inspected floral tributes at Balmoral, it was clear from their expressions of grief just how deeply the death of the Queen had affected them. The Duke of York, Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal all appeared overwhelmed by the loss of their mother and by the outpouring of public sympathy.

But it was the Countess of Wessex whose tearful display of grief betrayed the extra special bond she shared with the monarch. Often described as the "Queen's favourite", Sophie's relationship with her flourished over the years with both women helping each other through periods of personal loss.

6:02PM

Watch: Charles III proclaimed King in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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King Charles surfaces to delight his subjects

The King has left Buckingham Palace to cheers from the crowds after a day of meeting people like Commonwealth general secretary Baroness Scotland. People erupted in cheers as Charles's motorcade emerged from the palace gates.

He could be seen waving to people lining the street as the convoy travelled up the Mall for the short journey to Clarence House, his London residence before he became King.  Following the meeting, he hosted High Commissioners and their spouses, from countries where he is head of state, in the royal residence's Bow Room.

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Salute from Scotland's political leaders

As the Queen's coffin passed the Scottish Parliament, Scotland's political leaders assembled to pay their respects. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater and Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton stood on the pavement outside Holyrood as the hearse slowed, some applauding. 

"Its a unique moment and it's never happened before," said Maria Conte, who moved to Edinburgh from Seville in the 1980s and was waiting outside the city's St Giles' Cathedral. "There's no comparison to any other thing. And also it's a pleasure to show someone who has done something well the respect she deserves," she said.

5:14PM

Iconic Royal Mile 'busier than ever'

Thousands of people lined Edinburgh's world famous Royal Mile as the hearse bearing the Queen's coffin made its way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

James Kinlock was one of those lining the streets and said he felt an "enormous pull" and "compelled" to watch the procession through the Scottish capital. "It's a real loss to the nation, I felt it far more personally than I ever thought I would. I just felt compelled to come, utterly compelled to come," the 55-year-old said.

"I'm absolutely stunned. I have never seen the Royal Mile this busy and I doubt I will ever see it this busy again. It's just incredible," he added.

4:54PM

Guard of honour as Queen's coffin rests in Edinburgh

The Duke of York, and the Duke and Duchess of Wessex, received the Queen's coffin at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh after a six-hour drive from Balmoral on Sunday.

The Queen's cortege received a guard of honour by the King's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers) as it entered the palace. Around 50 members of palace staff had gathered in the courtyard to greet the Queen's cortege. The guard then left via Queen's Drive.

The Queen's cortege received a guard of honourThe Queen's cortege received a guard of honourCredit:Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters/PoolThe Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex, and the Earl of Wessex (centre) at the Palace of HolyroodhouseThe Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex, and the Earl of Wessex (centre) at the Palace of HolyroodhouseCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Wire4:40PM

A curtsy from Princess Anne

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Emotion in Edinburgh's crowds after coffin's arrival

People threw single red roses as the cortege passed down Edinburgh's Royal Mile, followed by a string of black cars bringing Princess Anne and other guests, Helen Chandler-Wilde writes from Scotland

The jostling and tiffs in the crowd came to an abrupt stop as the blue flashing lights at the start of the convoy came into view, and people fell into a respectful hush, interrupted only by applause.  "It's happy and sad", said one man to his son, remarking on a day for Edinburgh that included celebrating the new King, as well as the first leg of the final journey of the late Queen.  The cortege passed St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh first to silence and then applause and cheers from the crowd.

4:32PM

A silent curtsy for mother's coffin

Princess Anne, the Queen's daughter, took a curtsy in a poignant moment as the Queen's coffin entered the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

Dressed all in black, the Princess Royal took a silent, solemn bow just as the coffin passed her.  The coffin was lifted out of the hearse by a bearer party found by the Royal Regiment of Scotland and carried into the Throne Room.

4:27PM

Queen's coffin arrives at Palace of Holyroodhouse

A military guard is now ushering in the Queen's coffin to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence for the Royal Family in Scotland.  It is a palace that the Queen visited in the summer, only several weeks ago. 

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Queen Consort on the Mall

The Queen Consort has left Buckingham Palace by car and turned off the Mall towards Clarence House.

Camilla waved as crowds cheered and took photos of the passing motorcade.

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Queen's last journey from Balmoral 'incredibly moving'

Sir Keir Starmer has said the footage of the Queen's coffin leaving Balmoral was "incredibly moving". "I saw the images of the coffin leaving Balmoral this morning," he told reporters from his north London constituency. "I thought it was incredibly moving to see everybody who could come to the side of the road to pay their respects.

It was an incredible, incredible moment. It reflects what the nation is feeling at the moment." The Labour leader welcomed the appearance together of the new Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex with their wives in Windsor on Saturday, saying the public "want the reassurance that everybody is pulling together and uniting".

4:18PM

Solemn applause for the hearse in Edinburgh

Crowds of mourners are applauding the Queen's cortege through the historic cobbled streets of central Edinburgh. 

Most are standing in silence, the mood solemn. 

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Queen's coffin reaches Edinburgh

The cortege is now in Edinburgh and is navigating its way through the suburbs to the city centre, just crossing the Dean Bridge.  The front of the crowds near St Giles' is now tightly packed with the nearby Caffe Nero warning people away from its steps which are a fire exit. Beside the cathedral, a black-clad group has assembled to wait for the cortege, and a helicopter is  circling overhead. 

4:08PM

Spectacular photos show Queen's cortege crossing River Forth

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is driven over the Queensferry Crossing, on its way to EdinburghThe hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is driven over the Queensferry Crossing, on its way to EdinburghCredit:Paul ELLIS / AFP Crowds have lined the motorway by the iconic bridgeCrowds have lined the motorway by the iconic bridgeCredit:Phil Noble/ReutersOn the Queensferry Crossing road bridge over the Forth EstuaryOn the Queensferry Crossing road bridge over the Forth EstuaryCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images3:59PM

Scuffles for best spots on Royal Mile

People are lined seven-deep along the Royal Mile awaiting the cortege, with others leaning out of windows and climbing on street furniture to get a better view, Helen Chandler-Wilde writes from Edinburgh

A few scuffles have broken out over the best spots, with a news camera fighting with mourners who had been waiting for hours for the best spot, as the convoy nears the Scottish capital.  "I got here about 1pm," said Samantha Lioia, a 49-year-old nurse, who has come with her two daughters, husband and Cavapoo. "I wanted to make sure we got a good view of everything...We like to feel that we've been here and this makes a difference."

3:55PM

In other news

A woman has been arrested after a protester was seen holding an anti-monarchist sign ahead of the Accession Proclamation of the King in Edinburgh, earlier on Sunday. 

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "A 22-year-old woman was arrested outside St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Sunday 11 September, 2022 in connection with a breach of the peace."

3:53PM

Latest pictures just in as Scots bid farewell

In Kinross, overlooking the M90 motorwayIn Kinross, overlooking the M90 motorwayCredit:ANDY BUCHANAN / AFPThe coffin passes near Perth, accompanied by the Princess RoyalThe coffin passes near Perth, accompanied by the Princess RoyalCredit:Peter Summers/Getty ImagesIn Dundee ahead of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II's coffinIn Dundee ahead of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II's coffinCredit:Michael Boyd/PA Wire3:47PM

Queen's hearse crosses the flagship bridges she opened

The Queen's cortege is now heading across the Firth of Forth having passed Dunfermline and through the kingdom of Fife.  The hearse is spanning the Queensferry Crossing, parallel to the old Forth Road Bridge, followed in a large convoy by Princess Anne and others.  Queen Elizabeth II opened both of the spectacular bridges during her reign. 

3:42PM

What happens when we reach Edinburgh?

There is only a matter of miles to go before Queen Elizabeth II's cortege reaches the Forth River and then the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Here's what happens next. 

  • 4-5pm Sunday: once it arrives, the convoy will carry the hearse down the iconic Royal Mile before reaching the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official business residence of the royal family in Scotland, unlike the private confines of Balmoral Castle.
  • The coffin will be placed in the Throne Room and remain there overnight. 
  • 2.35pm Monday: the King and Queen Consort will join the procession taking the coffin from Holyroodhouse to St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile, flanked by a military bearer party and Royal Family members. 
  • 2.55pm Monday: the coffin will be received by a guard of honour and the Crown of Scotland will be placed on it, before a Scottish-themed service is conducted at St Giles.
  • 7.20pm Monday: the King and members of the Royal Family will hold their own vigil.
  • 5pm Tuesday: following prayers, the coffin will be transported to Edinburgh Airport where it will be taken by RAF jet to London at 6pm, landing at RAF Northold just before 7pm. 
3:29PM

Here's a reminder of today's route

Read more here on the six-hour trip from Balmoral to Edinburgh, which is nearing its end.  Meticulous plans have been drawn up for this final journey for years.

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Edinburgh awaits its Queen

People have begun to gather on the Royal Mile at St Giles' to await the procession of the Queen's coffin before she makes her way on to Holyrood. In Dundee, there was tentative applause as the hearse passed hundreds of people gathered on a roundabout of the A90.

One man called out "thank you, thank you" as the coffin went by. Here's what the scene looks like in Edinburgh as the city awaits the late monarch's hearse. 

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Queen's cortege - latest pictures just in

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Queen's coffin leaves the Highlands behind

The Queen's cortege has now left the Highlands behind as it heads south towards Edinburgh.  The convoy is currently skirting east of the city of Perth and has crossed the River Tay. 

It will then enter Fife and travel across the River Forth in a hugely symbolic movement.  The coffin is expected to arrive in Edinburgh at around 3.30pm and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse at around 4pm. 

2:59PM

More from Dundee after Queen's coffin passed

Cara Dailly, a 15-year-old pupil from Edinburgh said to her family, moments after the coffin passed: "That was so sad, I can't believe we just saw that, it made it feel more real." Derek Simpson, 58, from Glenrothes, served in the British military between 1979 and 2008. 

"I went all over the world and the Queen was always so highly regarded," he told The Telegraph's Daniel Sanderson. "Some people called her ma'am, others called her Queen but we always just called her boss." 

2:58PM

Onlookers in Dundee marvel at Queen Elizabeth II's legacy

"I'm glad, but not surprised, to see so many people here," onlooker Dougie Milne, 58, who arrived in Dundee at noon from Leven, said. "There are so many kids and I get the impression they are the ones dragging their parents along.

Today will be tattooed in their minds forever. "I've always respected what she has done for the country, but I can't quite get my head around why I keep getting emotional. Over the last few days I have just found myself suddenly welling up.

"It wasn't just that she was our Queen. It was the person she was. I knew someone who used to be a gardener in Balmoral and he would always say she was the most down to earth person you could meet."

2:54PM

Silent reflection of five-deep mourners lining streets in Dundee

Businesses in Dundee temporarily shut their doors as a mark of respect while the Queen's cortege passed, and to allow staff members to join the crowds, Daniel Sanderson writes from Scotland

People began to gather from late morning with many bringing camp chairs to remain comfortable. Mourners also filled a grass bank that lines the major ring road, which was completed during the reign of George V, the late Queen's grandfather.  People hushed and pointed skywards as a helicopter, circling overhead and filming the journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh, offered advance warning that the convoy was close.

Stewards then ushered people into the road, with crowds five-deep. A ripple of applause broke out as it slowly passed.

2:33PM

The King makes first call to Wales First Minister

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the First Minister of Wales spoke by telephone earlier today. HRH thanked the First Minister for his fitting tribute, on behalf of the people of Wales, to Her Majesty The Queen.

HRH expressed his and The Princess of Wales's honour in being asked by His Majesty The King to serve the Welsh people. They will do so with humility and great respect.

2:23PM

Cortege arrives in Dundee

The late Queen's cortege has arrived in Dundee, the second city on its journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh. Mourners were seen standing on residential and main roads as the cortege weaved through suburban streets leading to the city centre.

The convoy was met with silence, interspersed with short bursts of applause.  Traffic came to a halt as the motorcade drove past crowds congregating at roundabouts, car parks and service stations along the route.

2:20PM

The Queen waves at crowds at Buckingham Palace

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Queen's hearse nears Dundee 

The Queen's hearse is approaching the outskirts of Dundee.

2:12PM

Cortege on the move again

The cavalcade carrying the Queen's coffin has resumed its journey from Aberdeen to Edinburgh following a brief pit stop to refuel and give the drivers a break.

2:06PM

Frankie Dettori observes two minutes silence in Doncaster

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Sinn Fein absent from King's NI Proclamation

Sinn Fein stayed away from today's Accession Proclamation Ceremony in Northern Ireland but said it will attend other official events during the period of mourning for the Queen. While leaders of several of the region's other political parties were at Hillsborough Castle for the proclamation of the King's accession, Michelle O'Neill, vice president of Sinn Fein, and other senior party figures were at a rally in Belfast for victims of the Troubles.

The "Time for Truth" rally was organised to demonstrate opposition to the UK Government's controversial plans to deal with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said the party did not attend the accession proclamation because it was "intended for those whose political allegiance is to the British Crown". But she said party figures would be attending other events in the days to come.

1:35PM

Aberdeen: mourners commiserate with Princess Anne

Brian Healey, 68, and wife Susan, 62, praised the stoicism of Princess Anne as they watched the royal cortege drive into Aberdeen, writes Max Stephens

Mr Healey said: "To do what they have been doing for six hours or so, today, right in the public eye, is very tough - going.  "They can't mourn in private. It just shows the devotion to duty that the wider family has.

The Princess Royal and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence travel behind the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, passing through Aberdeen as it continues its journey to Edinburgh from BalmoralThe Princess Royal and her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence travel behind the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, passing through Aberdeen as it continues its journey to Edinburgh from BalmoralCredit:Paul Campbell/PA

"Particularly Princess Anne she is so staunch in the performing of her duties and King Charles too.

Mrs Healey said she wished the King "a lot of luck", adding "I think he will need it".  "The Queen was the glue that held the Union together. He's got a big challenge to now convince Scots they should remain in the Union". 

1:23PM

King can 'heal' people like late mother did, says Archbishop

The new King has the ability to bring "healing" to people just as his late mother did, the Archbishop of Canterbury said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby delivered a sermon at Canterbury Cathedral this morning, acknowledging that many people will be "navigating their way around the raw and ragged edges of grief". At the start of the service, which started about an hour after the Queen's coffin left Balmoral to begin its journey to her final resting place, he said it is an "unexpectedly extraordinary Sunday". The service ended with a rendition of God Save The King.

During his sermon, the Archbishop said those who met the Queen were "always struck by her ability to make them feel as though they were the most important, the only person in the room, the only person in the street, in the crowd".

1:16PM

Cortege stops to refuel

The Queen's cortege made a scheduled stop to refuel, and to give drivers a rest on the six-hour (175 mile) journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

1:13PM

Three cheers for the King 

Local dignitaries give three cheers to King Charles III following an Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Windsor Castle, publicly proclaiming him as the new monarch. 

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The King arrives at Buckingham Palace 

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The King has arrived at Buckingham Palace, where he will meet with Commonwealth general secretary Patricia Scotland. Crowds lining the roads cheered and waved as his black car drove down The Mall and into the Palace gates accompanied by a motorcade of four cars and four police motorbikes.

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Charles could be seen waving to people through the car windows. Children sat on top of parents' shoulders and people took photos as they watched the new sovereign arrive.

12:45PM

RAF plane en route from London to Edinburgh

An RAF A400M Atlas aircraft is en route from RAF Northolt in London to Edinburgh.

It is thought to be the plane that will bring the late Queen back to London. 

12:43PM

Mourners flock to Windsor

Thousands of mourners have flocked to Windsor to pay tribute to the Queen. Large crowds had already gathered by this morning, and, by the afternoon, roads in the town were closed and walkways were packed with people. Local churches also paid tribute to the Queen during Sunday worship, with one close to Windsor Castle set to hold a special service later in the day.

12:36PM

Princess Anne gives solemn nod in Aberdeen

Acknowledging the crowd's depth of feeling as the cortege drove through Aberdeen, Princess Anne, sitting beside Commander Tim Lawrence, gave a solemn nod from her car to the dignitaries standing outside the park's gates, Mex Stephens reports.

Veterans from the Royal Engineers waved their regiment's flag in tribute as the hearse came past.  David Cameron, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, gave a ceremonial salute with his sword. The funeral cortege, made up of six black cars and one hearse slowed down by the gates before making it's way across the King George VI bridge, named in honour of the late Queen's father in 1941. 

12:19PM

Aberdeenshire: Farmers form guard of honour for cortege

Farmers have positioned their tractors to form a guard of honour for the late Queen Elizabeth II as she passes through Aberdeenshire on her way to Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/oDt8gs2bPR

-- Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) September 11, 2022 12:09PM

Cortege arrives in Aberdeen

The cortege was met with solemn silence as it arrived into Aberdeen, the largest stop on its journey thus far. 

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen in his role as Lord-Lieutenant will lead a tribute joined by civic dignitaries from Aberdeen including Deputy Lieutenants, Council Leaders, other elected members, and the council Chief Executive.

12:03PM

Edinburgh: Charles III declared King in Scotland

The Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarchThe Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarchCredit:Jane Barlow/PA

The Lord Lyon King of Arms is reading the proclamation of the new King to the people of Scotland at Mercat Cross in Edinburgh following the death of the Queen. A 21-gun salute was fired, soldiers marched and "three cheers for His Majesty the King" could be heard as the ceremonial rituals were observed. 

The Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarchThe Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarchCredit:Jane Barlow/PA12:02PM

Regimental mascot goat at Cardiff Accession ceremony

Lance Corporal Shenkin IV, the regimental mascot goat, accompanies the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh regiment at the Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Cardiff Castle, Wales, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarchLance Corporal Shenkin IV, the regimental mascot goat, accompanies the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh regiment at the Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Cardiff Castle, Wales, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarchCredit:Ben Birchall/PA11:53AM

Nelson Mandela would call and say: 'Hello Elizabeth'

Gordon Brown told the BBC this morning that he thought the late Queen and Nelson Mandela were the most impressive figures of state in modern times. Divulging an anecdote Mr Mandela shared with him, the former prime minister said Mr Mandela would call the late Queen and say "hello Elizabeth," forgoing the protocol of Royal nomenclature.

11:44AM

China's Xi congratulates the King on accession to throne

China's President Xi Jinping has congratulated the King on his accession to the British throne, state media reported.

Xi told Charles in a message that he was willing to "expand friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation, and strengthen communication on global issues," the official Xinhua news agency said.

11:41AM

Aberdeen braced for cortege

Hundreds of mourners are waiting patiently for the Royal cortege to arrive and slowly wind its way into Duthrie Park where they will be met by the leaders of Aberdeen city. The occasion will be particularly poignant for many visitors who remember Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the park 20 years ago as part of her Golden Jubilee tour.  Veterans, army cadets, school children and whole families line the thoroughfare clutching flowers and Union Jacks  close to their chests. 

A cavalcade of police cars could be seen travelling up and down the thoroughfare ahead of the Royal Hearse's arrival.  The Lord Provost of Aberdeen David Cameron is expected to greet the cortege along with the heads of the city's council just outside the wrought-iron gates of the park. The procession will then make its way across The King George VI bridge, which has been officially opened by the late monarch's mother in 1941. 

11:37AM

Queen expected in Aberdeen shortly

Councillor David Cameron, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, has walked out of the gates of Duthrie Park flanked by senior dignitaries and members of the city's council. 

The group now patiently await the arrival of the Royal hearse which is expected within the next half hour.  Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force officers can also be seen standing among the line of dignitaries with their hands behind their backs. 

11:33AM

Queen's coffin passes through Aboyne

The Queen's cortege has passed through Aboyne, a small village around 18 miles from Balmoral. A crowd gathered to watch the convoy, with many dispersing shortly after it left. 

11:26AM

Procession in pictures

The Queens coffin is driven through the streets of Ballater this morningThe Queens coffin is driven through the streets of Ballater this morningCredit:Peter Jolly/NorthPixPeople line the street as the hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth passes through the village of BallaterPeople line the street as the hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth passes through the village of BallaterCredit:Hannah McKay/ ReutersPeople gather in tribute as the cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen ElizabethPeople gather in tribute as the cortege carrying the coffin of the late Queen ElizabethCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe11:19AM

Mourners in Ballater

Gail Watson, 33, and her son Sean Brown, 15, arrived at Balmoral at 10pm last night and tried to sleep in the castle car park before being moved on by police.   

They drove to the town of Ballater at around 1.30am and set up camp. The two mourners sat in camping chairs with tartan blankets draped over their legs and wore only flip flops on their feet.

A woman weeps as the Queen's cortege passes through Ballater A woman weeps as the Queen's cortege passes through Ballater Credit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe

Mrs Watson said: "I probably had about ten minutes sleep. It's just not very comfy.

It was freezing." Her son added: "First we went to Balmoral car park and they let us in - we were in there until about 1 o'clock in the morning and then the police moved us. "They came with their torches and we were kind of just laying there, whispering, and could see their lights shining on us.

They said we couldn't be there. "There was so much condensation in the car that we had to use our socks to wipe it off so we could drive. That's why mum's got bare feet."

11:14AM

Cortege arrives in Banchory

The Royal cortege has arrived in Banchory, the biggest town in the Royal Deeside.

People could be seen throwing flowers at the hearse as it was driven through the high street of the town. Some onlookers clapped as the tail end of the cortege made its way through. The town, known as the Gateway to Royal Deeside, is about 18 miles west of Aberdeen.

Crowds gather in BanchoryCrowds gather in BanchoryCredit:Peter Summers/Getty Images Europe10:57AM

Cortege on the route to Banchory

The Queen's coffin reaches the village of Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

There was silence among the crowds, consisting of hundreds of people, as the cortege passed through. 

10:48AM

Sturgeon calls Queen an 'extraordinary woman'

The First Minister of Scotland has called the Queen an "extraordinary" woman as the latter's coffin left Balmoral and started its journey to Edinburgh, where tributes will be made. The Queen's coffin left Balmoral shortly after 10am and is to pass places including Aberdeen and Dundee before being laid at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. In a tweet, Nicola Sturgeon said: "A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty, The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the final time.

"Today, as she makes her journey to Edinburgh, Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman."

10:45AM

Anticipation in Aberdeen

The cortege is en route to Aberdeen, where it will arrive at around midday. It will pass through the villages of Dinnet, Aboyne, Kincardine O'Neil, Banchory, Drumoak, Peterculter and Cults on the way.  In Aberdeen, crowds of mourners, some dressed in all black, could be seen standing respectfully along Holburn Street where the Royal Hearse is expected to travel down before making its way into Duthie Park

Some have bought garden chairs to watch the day's events unfold others are cradling cups of coffee to fortify themselves, Max Stephens reports. 

10:32AM

Queen's coffin: cortege and wreath 

Princess Anne accompanies the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth departs Balmoral Castle, in Balmoral, ScotlandPrincess Anne accompanies the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth departs Balmoral Castle, in Balmoral, ScotlandCredit:Phil Noble/Reuters

The Princess Royal, Sir Timothy Laurence, the minister of Crathie Kirk and a representative of the Lord Chamberlain's office, are in the convoy accompanying the hearse.  The coffin is draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland and adorned with a wreath made up of flowers from the Balmoral estate and includes: Dahlias, Sweet peas (one of the Queen's favourite flowers), Phlox, White heather and Pine Fir. 

The coffin containing the body of Britain's Queen Elizabeth IIThe coffin containing the body of Britain's Queen Elizabeth IICredit:Alastair Grant/AP10:24AM

Cortege arrives in Ballater 

The Queen's cortege has arrived in Ballater. The streets of the Scottish town are lined with people dressed in black and watching in silence as the hearse passes through. 

The Queen and her family were often seen in the village on her beloved Royal Deeside, which she had visited since childhood and where the royal family are allowed space to be themselves.

People line the street as the hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth passes through the village of Ballater, near Balmoral, in ScotlandPeople line the street as the hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth passes through the village of Ballater, near Balmoral, in ScotlandCredit:Hannah McKay/Reuters

Many shops in the picturesque Victorian village are displaying photographs of the Queen in their windows in tribute. The hearse passed Glenmuick Church where the Rev Davi Barr had rung the church bells 70 times after her death was announced.

10:19AM

Solemn silence at Balmoral

A small gathering of well-wishers stood in silence as they lined the end of the route out of Balmoral to watch while the Queen's coffin passed by. The gentle rush of the flowing water through the River Dee could be heard as the cortege moved over the bridge.

The exit from the gates had been closed to members of the public in the hour before the coffin emerged. The sun shone on what was a calm and still morning in an area that had been one of the Queen's most beloved retreats.

10:17AM

Today's route 

Queen Elizabeth II - funeral route from Balmoral Castle to Holyroodhouse10:15AM

How to watch the cortege? 

The public can see the cortege anywhere it is safe along the route - best positions are likely to be in Aboyne, Banchory and Drumoak on pavement areas. Stewards will guide members of the public at settlements along the route.

10:08AM

Cortege passes through gates of Balmoral 

The Queen's coffin has passed through the gates of the Castle.

The Royal cortege will progress along the A93, reaching Ballater for the Aberdeenshire tribute shortly after 10am.

The departure of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Balmoral Castle The departure of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Balmoral Castle Credit:Karwai TangHer Majesty's final journey through her beloved Scotland will see her potentially stop off at Ballater, the village close to Balmoral where she often shopped, on the way to Holyroodhouse in EdinburghHer Majesty's final journey through her beloved Scotland will see her potentially stop off at Ballater, the village close to Balmoral where she often shopped, on the way to Holyroodhouse in EdinburghCredit:Telegraph10:07AM

Queen's coffin procession begins

Police officers guarding the gates of Balmoral Castle have stepped aside, signaling to onlookers that the Queen's coffin procession has commenced. 

9:38AM

Hand-crafted royal orb decorated with sequins left in Aberdeen

As early as 7am, mourners have begun leaving  messages and flowers at Marischal College in the heart of Aberdeen in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Max Stephens reports from Aberdeen. A flag of the Union Jack stands at half-mast gently blowing in the morning wind above the sea of flowers.  A hand-crafted royal orb decorated with sequins, glitter, and emerald and silver-coloured jewels lies nestled among the tributes. 

A message attached to a bouquet of brightly-coloured pink and orange flowers reads: "From the Granite City to beautiful Deeside, thinking of your wonderful life.  "Your service, devotion to duty and all you have done for the nation will always be remembered.  "A shining light for us all, thanking you for everything. 

" God bless you Queen Elizabeth II, Rest In Peace." 

9:27AM

King will 'never' wade into political controversies 

Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, told the BBC that despite the King's views on issues such as the environment becoming "mainstream," the monarch will "never" get involved in political controversies.  Sir Nicholas added that the King, a longtime friend, will have a "very, very important role" in rebuilding Britain's role in the world post-Brexit.

9:23AM

The King is 'charming' and 'highly intelligent,' says David Cameron

Three former prime ministers have given interviews to the BBC about the death of Queen Elizabeth and the King's accession to the throne.  Theresa May, David Cameron and Gordon Brown all gave their impressions of the new King to Laura Kuenssberg in interviews aired by the BBC this morning.

Mr Cameron said the King was "charming" and "highly intelligent," adding that his wife Samantha always looked forward to meeting then Prince Charles at public occasions.  Mr Brown said he "respected" the King's longstanding dedication to environmental causes, while Ms May said the public "will expect that sense of continuity" following the death of Queen Elizabeth, as well as a "willingness to evolve" alongside a changing world. 

9:11AM

CofE publishes family prayer

A family prayer on the death of Her Majesty The Queen. pic.twitter.com/b8mWHjZbWr

-- The Church of England (@churchofengland) September 11, 2022 9:04AM

Bosnia and Herzegovina: historical bridge painted in Union flag

The Old Bridge in Mostar, a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, were painted in the colors of the United Kingdom in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.  Mostar Bridge, also known as Stari Most, is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city.

The Old Bridge in Mostar, a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, painted in the colors of the United Kingdom in honor of Queen Elizabeth IIThe Old Bridge in Mostar, a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, painted in the colors of the United Kingdom in honor of Queen Elizabeth IICredit:Pixsell photo & video agency / Alamy Live News8:50AM

Crowds arrive at Buckingham Palace

Crowds gathered under foggy skies at Buckingham Palace in central London this morning to pay their respects to the late Queen.

The early-morning atmosphere was sombre and calm as security personnel flanked the flow of mourners walking around the parks and the Palace. Families with young children and people with dogs appeared to have arrived early to lay flowers in St James's Park and Green Park before the crowds grow.

A woman waits with a dog and flowers outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday, Sept 11A woman waits with a dog and flowers outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday, Sept 11Credit:John Sibley/Reuters

Little boys and girls could be seen holding bunches of colourful flowers, Paddington bears and handmade cards while dogs were occasionally yapping at each other as they trotted along on the lead with their owners. People could be seen pausing to bend down and read messages that have been left among the piles of blooms laid by trees and railings, saying: "We will miss you" and "Thank you for your service".

8:40AM

Where will the Queen's coffin be today? 

Queen Elizabeth II - funeral route from Balmoral Castle to Holyroodhouse8:30AM

Ballater: 'I had a sleeping bag and a camping stove with me'

In the hours before the Queen left her beloved Balmoral for the final time, the usually quiet village of nearby Ballater began to fill with mourners from across the country, Will Bolton reports. 

Despite the cold morning air scores of people gathered on the street outside Glenmuick church to witness her coffin pass. A funeral cortege carrying the Queen's coffin is due to pass through the village at around 10am after leaving Balmoral Castle.

People line the street waiting for the funeral cortege carrying Queen Elizabeth in the village of BallaterPeople line the street waiting for the funeral cortege carrying Queen Elizabeth in the village of BallaterCredit:Reuters Hannah McKay

Richard Careless, 54, a surveyor, from Nottingham drove seven hours through the night to reach the small highland village. He said: "I arrived here in Ballater at half past one this morning.

I tried to get to Balmoral then but the police had closed everything off. "I had a sleeping bag and a camping stove with me so I was fine. It's very cold but I wanted to pay my respects.

Like many people she is the only queen to have ever known.

Members of the public look at floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Glenmuick Church in Ballater Members of the public look at floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Glenmuick Church in Ballater Credit:Iain Masterton/Alamy Live News

"I wanted to come and be where the Queen was to be honest. Ideally I would have camped out by Balmoral but as I say the police had closed it off. I tried to get close with a head torch on last night but the police said it wasn't possible. 

"When something like this happens you think I wish I had made the effort to come and see her more often." 

Members of the public line the streets in BallaterMembers of the public line the streets in BallaterCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Margaret Phinn, 57, made the journey from Glasgow, with her husband, Jim: "I arrived yesterday. I wanted to come here the family always felt comfortable here and were more free here than anywhere else. "I got here just after seven."

Getting emotional, Mrs Phinn added: "I felt shock when I heard. You just always thought she was going to be here."

8:22AM

Brace for road closures in Scottish capital, public told

A series of road closures in Edinburgh have been announced by Traffic Scotland, whose bosses warned the procession of the Queen's coffin was an event of unprecedented scale. They added that even COP26 could not match the amount of planning that has gone into the operation.

People have been urged to plan ahead and check city centre road closures, weather conditions, and be prepared to spend long periods in their vehicles. Police chiefs have urged the public to only park in designated areas and to not throw flowers on the road or towards the cortege.

8:11AM

Press arrive at Balmoral as roads cordoned off

Members of the press were gathering at Balmoral this morning ahead of the Queen's final departure from what was one of her most beloved places to spend time. Police officers stood guard at the castle gates beside floral tributes which have been laid by members of the public since the Queen died on Thursday. 

Police said the area leading up to the entrance to Balmoral will be closed to members of the public for the coffin's departure. Thousands of people are expected to line the streets as the Queen's body is moved from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh to lie in state at St Giles' Cathedral.

8:01AM

Prince William's gesture to Harry would make late Queen proud

Queen Elizabeth II famously said that it was "often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change", writes Camilla Tominey.  In the end, all it took was several steps up Windsor's historic Long Walk for the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex to finally put their differences aside.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen ElizabethCatherine, Princess of Wales, William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen ElizabethCredit:Chris Jackson

Accompanied by their wives, the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex, Saturday's surprise reunion of the so-called "Fab Four" provided us with one of the most remarkable walkabouts in modern royal history.

Read the full piece here.

7:53AM

Coffin route: public gathers in Ballater

Members of the public have started gathering in Ballater early to pay their respects to the late Queen. The village, which lies about eight miles east of Balmoral, will see the royal cortege pass through later on Sunday as it heads to Edinburgh. Families have been seen setting up picnic chairs and attaching union flags to barriers outside the village's Glenmuick Church from about 7am.

The Queen's coffin will be driven past the church at a walking pace to allow people to pay respects.

7:49AM

Charles to be proclaimed King at Cardiff Castle on Sunday

Charles is to be proclaimed King at a ceremony at Cardiff Castle on Sunday. The former Prince of Wales ascended to the throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday. He was then formally proclaimed King at a historic ceremony in St James's Palace following a meeting of the accession council during which Charles swore an oath to privy counsellors.

Proclamations will take place in other parts of the UK, including Wales, at about midday today.

7:47AM

Antigua and Barbuda: referendum on republic after Queen's death

The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda has said following the Queen's death he will call for a referendum on the country becoming a republic within three years. The Caribbean country is one of 14 nations to retain the British monarch as their head of state, with prime minister Gaston Browne signing a document confirming Charles' status as the new King. But minutes later, he said he would push for a republic referendum after indicating such a move earlier this year during a visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

7:39AM

Late Queen showed tenderness to ailing Margaret Thatcher 

In my tribute to the Queen yesterday in the Commons time did not allow me to recall her at Margaret Thatcher's 80 th birthday party.

The Queen showed great warmth and understanding to Margaret as she faced the infirmities of her later years.

-- John Redwood (@johnredwood) September 11, 2022 7:20AM

2.15pm: Dundee event

The cortege will follow the A90 to Dundee, arriving at the boundary around 2pm, before proceeding west on the Kingsway to the Swallow roundabout. Public viewing areas are along the A90 Forfar Road and Kingsway. There are numerous safe standing areas along both sides of the A90 and Kingsway.

Civic dignitaries from across Tayside and Fife, including Lord Lieutenants, Lord Provost, Provosts, council leaders, other elected members and council chief executives, will stand on a dais just prior to the cortege leaving the city. There will be rolling road closures along the route and very limited additional parking. Stewards will guide members of the public to parking sites and safe standing areas.

7:19AM

11.20am: Aberdeen event

The cortege will follow the A93 and enter Aberdeen at around 11am, following North Deeside Road and then travelling through Cults.

It will proceed along Great Western Road, Holburn Street and Great Southern Road passing Duthie Park. The Lord Provost of Aberdeen in his role as Lord-Lieutenant will lead a tribute joined by civic dignitaries from Aberdeen including Deputy Lieutenants, Council Leaders, other elected members, and the council Chief Executive. There will be two media positions and public viewing at Duthie Park.

Members of the public have been invited to pay their respects at the ceremony at Great Southern Road by Duthie Park or on a footpath along the route. Temporary road restrictions will be in place from 6am on the day of the event.

7:19AM

10am: Ballater event

After leaving Balmoral Castle the Royal cortege will pass along the A93, reaching Ballater for the Aberdeenshire tribute at 10.12am. This will be attended by the Lord Lieutenants of Aberdeenshire, as well as senior officers and councillors.

The public can see the cortege anywhere it is safe along the route - best positions are likely to be in Aboyne, Banchory and Drumoak on pavement areas. Stewards will guide members of the public at settlements along the route.

7:17AM

Timings for today

The next couple of posts will tell you what's happening and when today. 

7:09AM

Stars pay tribute to late Queen 

Tributes from famous faces have been pouring in from both home and abroad. Catherine Zeta-Jones says she felt like she "lost a real family member" following the death of the late Queen, and that the news had made her "homesick" but "proud of my heritage".

Daniel Craig, Dick Van Dyke, Stephen Fry, Dame Joanna Lumley and Dame Helen Mirren all hailed the monarch and her contribution to the nation. Musical stars including Sir Elton John, Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Paul McCartney also reflected on their encounters and experiences of performing for the Queen. Sir Paul shared decades of intimate memories with the monarch that had come "flooding back" after her death, which stretched from 1965 to 2018, when he had made her "giggle slightly".

6:03AM

Korean President Yoon to attend funeral

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will attend the late Queen's funeral, his office said on Sunday.

The queen was a regular visitor to Asia, especially to its Commonwealth members.  Following her death, President Yoon said: "She had a strong belief in the cause of human freedom and left great legacies of dignity. Her kind heart and good deeds will remain in our memories."

5:19AM

Canadian Parliament to sit on Thursday to pay tribute to late Queen

The Canadian Parliament will sit on Thursday to allow members to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.

"In addition, to accommodate Her Majesty's funeral, the opening of the session will be delayed - by one day - to September 20th," Mr Trudeau added on Twitter 

3:49AM

Royal brothers reunited in grief

It started as a murmur among the children on their parents' shoulders - the only way of seeing what was going on, so deep was the crowd on the Long Walk, Windsor, Henry Bodkin and Hannah Furness write. "I see Harry, I see Harry." Then, "And Meghan!" The parents didn't believe them.

Harry had appeared to leave his family members as fast as possible on Friday, after all, and Meghan was persona non grata. But then, there they all were, as if the past two years had never happened. Under a threatening storm cloud which never broke, the Royal foursome walked shoulder to shoulder through the gates of Windsor Castle, past a tide of flowers and notes of condolence to greet the throng of well-wishers.

Read more: Princess of Wales tells Windsor crowd: 'At times like these you've got to come together'

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Australia announces bank holiday

Australia will have a bank holiday to mark a national day of mourning for the late Queen following her state funeral. Prime minister Anthony Albanese said he and governor-general David Hurley will travel to the UK in coming days to attend the funeral on September 19. When they return to Canberra, a memorial service will held in parliament's Great Hall on September 22 to commence the "one-off" bank holiday and national day of mourning, Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese pointed to attempts to achieve an Indigenous voice to parliament when asked if Australia's link to the monarchy presented an "ongoing challenge" to achieving reconciliation with its First Nations people.

Memorial events have been held in recent days throughout Australia, which the Queen visited 16 times during her 70 years on the throne, with floral tributes springing up outside government buildings in Sydney and Canberra.

Australia's ministers held a special meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Sunday morningAustralia's ministers held a special meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Sunday morningCredit:GETTY IMAGES3:04AM

Today's top stories

  • The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex were reunited in sorrow alongside their wives on Saturday, setting aside their differences to meet well-wishers in Windsor and honour their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II
  • The Prince issued a statement in tribute to his "Grannie", whom he called an "extraordinary leader and Queen", who had offered his family "wisdom, reassurance, guidance and support"
  • The King was officially proclaimed monarch in a ceremony at St James's Palace imbued, with ancient ritual and broadcast on television for the first time
  • It was announced that Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral would take place at Westminster Abbey, at 11am on Monday, Sept 19, which will be a bank holiday
  • The Queen's oak coffin will today be taken on a slow, six-hour journey by road from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
  • The Princess Royal will accompany her mother's coffin from Scotland to London, as Queen Elizabeth II's body is brought home
  • David Cameron stood out for not wearing a black suit to King Charles III's proclamation ceremony
  • Liz Truss knew before she stood up in the Commons on Thursday that Queen Elizabeth was gravely ill
  • Sir Keir Starmer pledged his loyalty to the King on Saturday by choosing a form of words that avoided referring to God