Emotional nod to Queens beloved Prince Philip in coffins very personal wreath

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin has begun its journey to Her Majesty's final resting place, having left Balmoral on 11 September to travel to Edinburgh.

The Queen's coffin had remained at Balmoral for two days to allow her closest family to pay their respects in private and it is now on its way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, the coffin could be seen being transported in a hearse accompanied by the late monarch's daughter Princess Anne, 72, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, 67.

A wreath has also been placed on top of the coffin, which is made up of flowers from the Balmoral estate.

Sweet peas – one of the Queen’s favourite flowers – dahlias, phlox, white heather and pine fir are all featured in the wreath.

Each flower holds a special meaning and a great deal of thought went into the floral tribute, which contains an emotional tribute to her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away in April 2021.

Dahlia flowers symbolise a lasting bond and lifelong commitment between two people, while sweet peas are associated with the ideas of departures and goodbyes. They are also the birth flower of April, Queen Elizabeth II's birth month.

White heather symbolises protection or good luck and during the Victorian era, wearing fragrant phlox demonstrated a wish for sweet dreams.

Her Majesty personally selected the flowers that adorned the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin at his funeral in 2021.

She chose a wreath made up of flowers such as white lilies, small white roses, white freesia, white wax flower, white sweet peas and jasmine.

Queen Elizabeth's coffin will remain at the Palace of Holyroodhouse until Monday 12 September, and it will then travel in a procession to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, along the Royal Mile with the King and the late Queen’s other children the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex following behind on foot.

On Tuesday evening, Princess Anne will accompany her mother’s body on an RAF flight back to London and on to Buckingham Palace, to be greeted by Charles and Camilla.

On Wednesday at 2.22pm, adorned with the Imperial State Crown, the coffin will be taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to the Palace of Westminster, where she will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days.

Once at Westminster Hall the Queen will lie in state in a closed coffin and members of the public can file past, saying their final goodbyes.

The Queen will remain here until 6.30am on Monday 19 September, when the coffin will be taken to Westminster Abbey for her state funeral.

After the funeral she will travel to Windsor Castle, where she will be laid to rest in St George’s Chapel alongside her beloved late husband, Prince Philip.


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