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Services, tributes as Queen Elizabeth II makes final journey

By Tunde Oyedoyin (London) and Chukwuma Muanya (Lagos)
12 September 2022   |   3:41 am
The huge outpouring of love, support and tributes that have marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth II since her death on Thursday, continued yesterday, as her body left her Balmoral Castle...

Body expected in London Tuesday, the memorial at St Giles today
• Commonwealth Medical Association condoles with royal family

The huge outpouring of love, support and tributes that have marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth II since her death on Thursday, continued yesterday, as her body left her Balmoral Castle home for the last time.

Her coffin was draped in the Scottish standard flag and was accompanied by her daughter, Princess Anne, and her husband, Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

A man reaches for a flag with the portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on at a vendor’s stall in London on September 11, 2022. – Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will travel by road through Scottish towns and villages on Sunday as it begins its final journey from her beloved Scottish retreat of Balmoral. The Queen, who died on September 8, will be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse before lying at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, before travelling onwards to London for her funeral. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)


Tens of hundreds of people lined the streets as her seven-vehicle cortège embarked on a six-hour journey from Balmoral at 10:00 a.m., on the way to the Scottish capital city of Edinburg.

The cortège was similarly given a warm welcome as it made its way to its temporary resting place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse when it arrived there just before 4.30 p.m.

She will lie at rest inside the Throne Room till today. Princess Anne and her husband accompanied her coffin from Balmoral.

Her body will leave the Palace of Holyroodhouse for St Giles Cathedral at noon today for a memorial service. She will lie in rest for 24 hours at the cathedral to give people the opportunity to pay their last respects.

The hearse carrying the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh on September 11, 2022. – Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will travel by road through Scottish towns and villages on Sunday as it begins its final journey from her beloved Scottish retreat of Balmoral. The Queen, who died on September 8, will be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse before lying at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, before travelling onwards to London for her funeral.. (Photo by Lisa Ferguson / POOL / AFP)


King Charles III and his siblings, Princess Anne and both Princes Andrew and Edward and other members of the royal family are expected to attend today’s memorial service.

Before the late Queen’s body arrived in Edinburg, yesterday, the Ascension Council officially announced her passing away and informed the Scottish people that King Charles III had ascended the throne. A similar proclamation was also made in Wales.

At Buckingham Palace, the outpouring of love continued as people lay flowers in her honour. Across the United Kingdom, services were held in remembrance of the country’s longest-serving monarch.

The Queen’s body will be flown to London from Edinburg tomorrow afternoon. It will lie in state for four days from Wednesday. Her state funeral is scheduled for Monday, September 19.

ALSO, the President of, the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, condoled with the British royal family on the demise of the Queen and Head of the Commonwealth.

Enabulele, who is also President-Elect of the World Medical Association (WMA), in a statement, yesterday, said: “On behalf of physicians from all over the Commonwealth, we offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire royal family,

“Her Majesty, the Queen of England, was globally known as a strong centripetal force and an effervescent supporter of the Commonwealth and its people.

Aside from engendering a new era of openness, integration, and connectivity in the Commonwealth, she admirably performed her roles as Head of the Commonwealth.

“She was very collaborative and people-centred, and strove hard to connect and integrate the people and nations of the Commonwealth through her very profound and impactful initiatives. Indeed, she was quite motherly, caring, and result-oriented.

“May her precious and profound soul rest in perfect peace.”

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