Anne is her mothers daughter as sombre Princess accompanies Queens coffin

Princess Anne put aside personal grief to do her public duty on Sunday.

The devastated Princess Royal was pictured staring sadly out the window of her limousine as she travelled behind the Queen's hearse on the first stage of Her Majesty's final journey to London.

Black-clad Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, and husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the minister of the nearby Crathie Kirk church frequented by the monarch, and a representative of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office were all in the convoy behind the hearse.

In it, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, was The Queen's oak coffin. On top lay a wreath on top made up of flowers from the Balmoral estate including sweet peas – one of the Queen’s favourite flowers – dahlias, phlox, white heather and pine fir.

Many thousands of well-wishers stood in silence as they lined the the route from Balmoral to Hollywood House to watch while the Queen’s coffin pass by, throwing floral tributes in its path.

Hundreds lined the main street as the Queen’s coffin was driven slowly through Ballater, the village closest to the Balmoral estate, where many locals considered her a neighbour.

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.

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.

Until today the oak coffin had remained at rest in the Balmoral ballroom, where Her Majesty danced as a young girl, since her death on Thursday.

Anne, brothers Prince Edward and Prince Andrew and many of the Queen's grandchildren used this time to say a private goodbye before the very public spectacle of their mother's funeral.

Alluding to this, a tearful Prince Andrew told wellwishers after a prayer service on Sunday : "We've been allowed one day, now we start the process of handing her on. It's nice to see you, thank you for coming."

That "handing over" will follow a route years in the planning, giving the Queen's subjects the chance to pay their respects.


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