King Charles III carries special gift from Queen Elizabeth II for coffin procession in Edinburgh

King Charles III held a military weapon given to him by Queen Elizabeth II as he led her coffin procession down the streets of Edinburgh today

King Charles III carries gift from Queen for coffin procession in Edinburgh
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King Charles III carried a special gift in tribute to his mother as he led the Queen's coffin procession in Edinburgh today, ahead of her final journey back to London. 

King Charles III made a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday afternoon, as he led the coffin of his late mother down the streets of Edinburgh to be laid at St. Giles' Cathedral. 

The newly proclaimed sovereign was joined by his younger siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward for the final journey of Queen Elizabeth II from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where she was temporarily reposed on Sunday for members of the Royal Family to pay their respects in private. 

The Queen died 'peacefully' aged 96 at Balmoral Castle on Thursday, after suffering ongoing health problems for nearly a year. 

The body of Britain's longest-serving monarch has now arrived at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, where a service of thanksgiving in celebration of her 70-year-long reign will take place. The Scottish public will also be able to pay their respects for 24 hours before she is taken to Westminister Abbey in London. 

All of the Queen's children, except Prince Andrew, were dressed in military uniforms to follow the late monarch's hearse, which was accompanied by a Bearer Party found by The Royal Regiment of Scotland and The King’s Body Guard for Scotland. 

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As well as an adornment of military insignia, King Charles III carried a majestic-looking baton that was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. 

The special weapon symbolizes his status as a Field Marshal, which is the highest ranking in the British Army. He was given the lofty title in recognition of his service in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, as well as his role as the Colonel of the Welsh Guards. His appointment as Field Marshal came 17 years after the Ministry of Defence recommended that the five-star ranking be fazed out as part of their 1995 budget. 


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The Queen's funeral will be held on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey in London. The state service, to take place on a Bank Holiday, will be followed by seven days of mourning for the Royal Family. This solemn period will also be observed by Royal Household staff, Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, and troops committed to Ceremonial Duties. 

All of the Queen's residences, including Balmoral Castle, Buckingham Palace, and Sandringham House, will close to the public until after the funeral. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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