‘Spine-tingling’ sight to see Her Majesty return to Buckingham Palace for the last time

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The Queen’s coffin returned to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening for the last time as members of the Firm prepare to say a final goodbye before she lies in state for four days prior to her state funeral on Monday. The moment was captured on camera in what Daily Mail Royal Editor Rebecca English described as a “spine tingling photograph” on Twitter. 

She said: “Such a spine-tingling photograph. 

“The Queen returns to Buckingham Palace – ‘the office’ – for the last time, where her family awaits to say a private thank you and farewell before handing ‘Her Majesty over to the nation’ and four days of lying-in-state.” 

The Queen’s children and grandchildren greeted the coffin as it arrived including King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The hearse was accompanied by Princess Anne on a 17 mile journey from RAF Northolt having been flown from Edinburgh. 

Although it was raining crowds gathered alomg the route to pay their final respects with shouts of “hip, hip hooray” were herd along with applause. 

A number of people in the crowd put down their umbrellas as a sign of respect while mobile phone cameras lit up as wellwishers documented the historic moment. 

After witnessing the arrival of the coffin the King and the Queen Consort later left Buckingham Palace. 

The procession to place marks thend of a long and solemn journey which began when the Queen’s coffin left Balmoral Castle on Sunday. 

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“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted.” 

Thousands of mourners paid their respects as the Queen lay at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, in Edinburgh overnight befire her coffin was flown to RAF Northolt on Tuesday evening. 

The national anthem was played on the RAF plane which had been used to evacuate people from Afganistian and deliever weapons to Ukraine. 

The Queen’s coffin will rest in the Bow Room of the palce overnight before departing for Westminster Hall where it will lie in state at exactly 14:22 on Wednesday. 



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