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Sophie Wessex comforts Princess Anne as she sees the Queen’s coffin arrive in Edinburgh

The Countess of Wessex was pictured today comforting Princess Anne as members of the royal family watched Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrive in Edinburgh to rest overnight at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Sophie, 57, the wife of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, 58, placed her hand on the Princess’s back as a gesture of support after the coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Scottish town.

The Queen’s children and their husbands – Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex – watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace.

In a touching moment, respect for the monarch was still observed, with the royal women bowing and the men bowing their heads.

The Countess of Wessex was pictured today comforting Princess Anne as members of the Royal Family watched Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrive in Edinburgh to rest overnight at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Countess of Wessex was pictured today comforting Princess Anne as members of the Royal Family watched Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrive in Edinburgh to rest overnight at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

In a touching gesture, respect for the monarch was still observed, with the royal women bowing and the men bowing their heads

In a touching gesture, respect for the monarch was still observed, with the royal women bowing and the men bowing their heads

In a touching gesture, respect for the monarch was still observed, with the royal women bowing and the men bowing their heads

Sophie, 57, wife of the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, 58, placed her hand on the Princess Royal's back as a gesture of support after the coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Scottish town

Sophie, 57, wife of the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, 58, placed her hand on the Princess Royal's back as a gesture of support after the coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Scottish town

Sophie, 57, wife of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, 58, placed her hand on the Princess Royal’s back as a gesture of support after the coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Scottish town

Her Majesty did not travel alone on her 180-mile journey, Anne and her husband sat in a limousine as part of a procession directly behind her.

The Queen will stay overnight at the palace before being transferred to Saint Gilles Cathedral tomorrow afternoon.

Yesterday, both Princess Anne and Sophie watched with tears in the eyes of the floral tribute left for the Queen in Balmoral, along with other members of the royal family.

Meanwhile, Scottish mourners paid tribute to Her Majesty by joining thousands along the route of her coffin parade as she left Balmoral for the last time.

Silent, gloomy and respectful, benefactors gathered along country roads, bridges and in village and town centers to bid farewell to the woman who was never more at home than in Scotland.

By the time the procession reached its destination, Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse, after more than six hours, the crowd was ten times deep in places on the famous Royal Mile, a famous thoroughfare the Queen knew well.

As the procession neared its end, flowers were thrown in front of the hearse – from William Purvis, a family business that has undertakers in Scotland – and spontaneous applause broke out from parts of the crowd on the Royal Mile.

At one point, as the procession traveled through Dundee, a lone long-stemmed flower could be seen on the hearse’s windshield, and in a rural part of the route, farmers paid tribute to the Queen with tractors lined up in a field.

The Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The Duke of York, the Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The Queen's children and their husbands - Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex - watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace

The Queen's children and their husbands - Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex - watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace

The Queen’s children and their husbands – Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex – watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace

Princess Anne watches as the hearse containing Queen Elizabeth's coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Princess Anne watches as the hearse containing Queen Elizabeth's coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Princess Anne watches as the hearse containing Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, paid tribute to the Queen as her final journey through the Scottish Highlands began just after 10am.

Ms Sturgeon said in a tweet: ‘A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty, the Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the last time.

“Today, on her journey to Edinburgh, Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman.”

The Queen’s oak casket, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland with a wreath of Balmoral flowers on it, began its journey from the Queen’s Summer Sanctuary in the Highlands and the first settlement to reach it was Ballater.

Ballater’s locals regarded the Queen as a neighbor to the monarch and her family whom she often saw in the village in Royal Deeside, which she had frequented since childhood, where the monarchy has the space to be itself.

Yesterday both Princess Anne and Sophie (pictured today) watched with tears in their eyes as they watched the floral tribute to the Queen left in Balmoral along with other members of the Royal Family.

Yesterday both Princess Anne and Sophie (pictured today) watched with tears in their eyes as they watched the floral tribute to the Queen left in Balmoral along with other members of the Royal Family.

Yesterday both Princess Anne and Sophie (pictured today) watched with tears in their eyes as they watched the floral tribute to the Queen left in Balmoral along with other members of the Royal Family.

The hearse containing Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The hearse containing Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The hearse containing Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

Hundreds lined the main street of the village as the Queen’s casket was wheeled slowly past, and behind the benefactors many shops hung pictures of the Queen as a sign of respect.

The hearse passed Glenmuick Church, where Reverend David Barr rang the church bells 70 times after the Queen’s death was announced.

On either side of the road in Ballater, which was gloomy and quiet, flowers were thrown in their path by villagers.

The hearse slowed to a brisk pace of walking and mourners could clearly see the royal standard draped casket and wreath of flowers from the Balmoral estate, including sweet peas – one of the queen’s favorite flowers – dahlias, phlox, white heather and pine fir.

Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes as she thought of what she had just seen.

She said: ‘It was very emotional. It was respectful and showed what they think of the Queen. She certainly made this country subservient, even until a few days before her death.’

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