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Queen’s ‘neighbours’ pay respects as hearse passes via Ballater


hush descended on the village of Ballater, the place many locals thought-about the Queen a neighbour, as she made her last journey from her beloved Royal Deeside.

Tons of lined the principle avenue via the picturesque Victorian village closest to the Balmoral Property, which the Queen had visited all her life.

They’d waited patiently, some for hours, to pay their respects and a few bowed their heads whereas others saluted because the coffin was pushed slowly by.

There was no applause or flowers strewn within the path of the hearse, however there was a quiet and reflective environment amongst these current, some mentioned afterwards.

Jeannine Mackenzie, from Keith, Banffshire, mentioned: “I got here to see the Queen on her journey.

“I really feel quiet inside. The temper of the day is hushed.”

She had picked a bouquet of purple heather which she is going to go away at Balmoral Fort later.

Wearing a kilt with sporran and a feathered hat, Richard Baird from Stonehaven, close to Aberdeen, mentioned: “I believe the environment was respectful, but additionally one among celebration.

“She had lived an extended life and a full life.”

Claire Inexperienced and her sister Melissa Simpson, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, got here with their youngsters, Florence Inexperienced and Gracie and Hamish Simpson, and had been in place hours earlier than the cortege handed.

Ms Inexperienced mentioned: “It felt very particular to be a part of it.

“It’s good that Scotland received to say ‘goodbye’.

“I by no means anticipated to be ready to offer her a great send-off.

“It was very good to see Princess Anne following within the automobile behind, she was at all times by her mum’s facet.”

Margaret MacKenzie, from Inverness, mentioned: “It was very dignified.

“It was good to see that lots of people got here out to assist and pay their respects.”

Visitor home supervisor Victoria Pacheco mentioned: “She meant so much to folks on this space.

Folks had been crying, it was wonderful to see.”

She mentioned visitors had been overcome when information broke of the Queen’s dying final week.

Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes as she thought-about what she had simply seen.

She mentioned: “It was very emotional.

“It was respectful and confirmed what they consider the Queen.”

Many retailers within the picturesque Victorian village are displaying images of the Queen of their home windows in tribute.

The hearse handed Glenmuick Church the place the Rev David Barr had rung the church bells 70 instances after her dying was introduced.

Earlier, the minister mentioned locals regarded the Windsors “like neighbours”.

He mentioned: “When she comes up right here, and she or he goes via these gates, I consider the royal a part of her stays largely exterior.

“And as she goes in, she was in a position to be a spouse, a loving spouse, a loving mum, a loving gran after which afterward a loving nice gran – and aunty – and be regular.

“Now 70 years, she’s given her life, even as much as the final day, she’s given us service.

“So right here within the village, we wish to give again, (and) by permitting the royal household to return right here and go into the retailers to went to the espresso retailers and have a cup of espresso and never be bothered.

“That’s what this neighborhood has carried out for 70 years.”



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