Sombre scenes are unfolding across Scotland as the late Queen’s coffin, accompanied by her only daughter Princess Anne, begins a momentous final journey south.
Earlier, the Queen’s gamekeepers moved her oak coffin to a royal hearse parked up at Balmoral Castle, her beloved 50,000-acre in Aberdeenshire.
At various times, the hearse slowed to walking pace so people could pay their respects.
The seven-car cortege will pass through Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth before reaching the Scottish capital, allowing as many people as possible to say a goodbye.
It will also move through Fife near St Andrews University, where the Queen’s grandson William, now Prince of Wales, met his future wife, Catherine.
Hushed crowds watched as the cortege rolled through picturesque villages and towns.
Local media reported some people using their phones to film the occasion, while others chose to stand silently and simply watch.
A single police officer on a motorcycle led the black Mercedes Benz out the gates at Balmoral, and a white flower wreath could be seen placed on top of the Queen’s coffin, which was draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland.
The flowers, which the palace confirmed as Dhalias, Sweet Peas, Phlox, White Heather and Pine Fir, were cut from the Queen’s estate.
A Rolls Royce and a number of dark Range Rovers trailed slowly behind.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon tweeted the departure of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Balmoral was “a sad and poignant moment”.
The gates outside the estate were lined with flowers from those mourning the death of the UK’s longest serving monarch.
The hearse will make a 280km journey to Edinburgh, where the coffin will arrive at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and be laid to rest in the Throne Room.
On Monday (local time), King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will travel by plane to Edinburgh for more ceremonial duties.
The King will inspect the Guard of Honour and a Ceremony of the Keys will take place on the forecourt at Holyrood.
In the afternoon, the Queen’s coffin will travel by procession to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, accompanied by the King and members of the royal family.
The Queen’s body will lie in rest at the cathedral, where members of the public will be able to view her coffin.