Special Aberdeenshire tributes to Queen – from tractor guard of honour to horse salute

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The Queen embarked on her final journey through Scotland as her coffin was moved from Balmoral to Edinburgh on Sunday. Mourners lined up the streets of Aberdeenshire to say goodbye to a monarch many in the area considered like a neighbour after years of Her Majesty spending her summers in Scotland. During the live coverage of the Queen’s final journey, a group of farmers were noted to have parked their tractors to mimick a guard of honour in a final salute to the late sovereign.

Aerial footage of the procession showed around 60 tractors parked on both sides of the main road.

Farmers could be seen standing in front of the vehicles observing as the car carrying the Queen’s coffin passed them by.

Past the fields, more locals could be seen waiting by their cars to bid farewell to Her Majesty as she made her way from Balmoral to Edinburgh.

In Pererculter, riders lined up on horseback to pay respect to the Queen, whose love for horses accompanied her throughout her life.

The journey, which will take approximately six hours, will drive through Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and finally arrive in Edinburgh around 4pm.

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On Twitter, social media users were very appreciative of the special tributes locals have been putting up.

@putney_scot said: “She would’ve loved that.”

Commenting on the horse riders’ tribute, @lovefamilywales said: “Aw another lovely tribute.”

@Europesroyalss commented: “Such a lovely way to honor her.”

And @plumpuddingpigs said: “Oh goodness that set me off again…”

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Onlookers described the “emotional moment” as they bade a quiet farewell to “the only queen we’ve ever known”.

Council officials have estimated as many as 5,000 people have been bussed to Balmoral from the nearby villages of Ballater and Braemar since Friday.

A woman who drove four hours from Northumberland said: “I just had to be here,” said the 64-year-old, who did not wish to be named.

“It was very calm. She’s at peace at last. In her faith she believes she’ll be with Philip again and that’s lovely to think that could be.”

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