Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the royal family as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was received at Buckingham Palace Tuesday after departing the RAF Northolt Airforce station in Ruislip, England.
Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at the age of 96. She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the second longest-reigning monarch in the history of the world.
The hearse arrived to cheers outside of Buckingham Palace as the streets of London were lined with mourners.
Prince Harry broke his silence on the passing of his “Granny” in a tribute written Monday dedicated to how “globally admired and respected” Her Majesty was, with “unwavering grace and dignity.”
KING CHARLES III RECEIVES QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S COFFIN AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE IN LONDON
Posted to the Archewell Foundation’s website, the Duke of Sussex wrote, “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.”
Princess Anne released her first statement regarding the death of her mother. She traveled with the coffin from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh airport, which was then transported by hearse to Buckingham Palace.
“I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys,” the Princess Royal wrote. “Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting. We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.”
“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted,” she added. “I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.”