London comes to a standstill for Queen Elizabeth’s final homecoming

The brothers will be joined by their cousin Peter Phillips, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Queen Consort, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Sussex and Countess of Wessex will travel to Westminster by car.

It will be the first moment the late Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses join the ceremonial mourning.

At Westminster Hall, Elizabeth II will lie in state until the morning of her funeral on Monday, with a near-constant stream of members of the public filing past her coffin.

As many as 400,000 people are expected to attend, amid growing concern that predicted five-mile queues requiring a 30-hour wait will prevent children and the elderly playing their small part in history.  

Princess Royal accompanies her mother on final flight

On Tuesday, the Princess Royal accompanied her mother on her final flight, departing at 5.42pm in an RAF Globemaster C-17 military transport aircraft from Edinburgh to West London, as the Queen left Scotland for the final time.

The Princess said it had been an “honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys”, having been with the Queen in the final 24 hours of her life.

“Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting,” she said.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland turned out to pay their personal respects, with 33,000 people queuing for up to 12 hours to walk past as the Queen lay at rest in St Giles’s Cathedral and lining the streets.

At 4.20pm on Tuesday, the coffin was carried from the cathedral to the sound of a lone piper to the waiting hearse, followed by servicemen from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Members of the public lined the roads to the airport, some removing their hats as the hearse passed them, others watching in silence or filming on their mobile phones in scenes encapsulating mourning in the modern age.

At Edinburgh Airport, a guard of honour of three officers and 101 soldiers was formed by The Royal Regiment of Scotland, with an aircraft bearer party provided by the Queen’s Colour Squadron, Royal Air Force.

The aircraft, recently used for Operation Pitting to evacuate thousands of people fleeing the Taliban, took off at 5.42pm.

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