Sophie Wessex lays consoling hand on Princess Anne as Queen’s coffin passes mourning royal

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Her Majesty’s coffin left Balmoral Castle at 11am on Sunday, and was driven to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Princess Anne and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, were both seen at the palace as the Queen’s coffin was taken inside.

Anne stood by the gateway as her mother’s coffin was carried in, after accompanying the hearse on its six hour journey through Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.

In heartbreaking pictures, Sophie is seen supporting Anne with a gentle hand on the Princess Royal’s back.

The Queen’s body will now rest at Holyroodhouse for the evening, where members of the royal household will be able to pay their respects in private.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the British monarchy’s residence in the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, with the Queen’s arrival prompting huge cheers as the coffin was slowly driven along the Royal Mile.

Members of the royal household will be able to pay their respects to the coffin in private tonight, and Her Majesty’s coffin will proceed to St Giles Cathedral on Monday.

King Charles is in London but will travel to Edinburgh tomorrow.

The arrival in Edinburgh marked the end of the funeral cortege’s six-hour journey from Balmoral.

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