Business is booming.

Crowds line the route to Edinburgh and bid farewell to their queen.

GLASGOW — Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey began on Sunday as her coffin was moved from Balmoral Castle, on the estate where she died, at the start of a six-hour procession to Edinburgh, where Scotland’s farewell to its monarch will take center stage. stand. .

The oak coffin was carried from the castle ballroom to a waiting hearse by six gamekeepers from the Balmoral estate, where the Queen spent her summer vacations and for which she harbored a deep and lasting affection.

With the departure from Balmoral, a remote outpost in the dramatic Scottish countryside, a period in which Britons could pay tribute to the Queen before her funeral on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London.

On Sunday, crowds lined the roads as the procession passed through small towns, with the queen’s wreath-covered coffin visible in the hearse. In Ballater, a few bystanders threw flowers in the path of the vehicles as the town paid its silent and gloomy tribute.

The route takes Balmoral’s hearse, via Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth, before the procession arrives at 4:00 PM at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the residence of the Royal Family in Edinburgh.

The fact that Queen Elizabeth spent her last days in Balmoral underlines her close ties to Scotland, which will be the focal point of national mourning for two days.

When it arrives in Edinburgh, the coffin will be greeted by a guard of honor and received with a royal salute before military bearers will carry it to the throne room of the palace.

On Monday afternoon, members of the royal family are expected to accompany the coffin as it moves along the Royal Mile to nearby St. Giles Cathedral. There, after a religious service, the Queen’s coffin will rest to allow people to pay their respects. It will be flown to London on Tuesday, where Britons will have more opportunity to say goodbye to their Queen before her funeral.

Outside Balmoral, where a steady stream of visitors has been paying their respects since Thursday, benefactors have left bouquets of flowers and messages. In Edinburgh, authorities have erected barriers along the Royal Mile, the route the coffin will travel on Monday between the Palace of Holyroodhouse and St Giles Cathedral.