Royal correspondent, Emily
Nash, explained that after being accompanied to RAF Northolt alongside Princess
Anne, her daughter, the Queen’s coffin will be returned to Buckingham
Palace to lie in the bow room, where it will be joined by several members
of her family.
Emily explained: “It’s
going to be a very private moment; this is something the family wants to do
without the cameras present it’s a chance for them to say their final goodbyes
before handing the Queen over to the nation for the lying in state. “
Emily also said it was
“fair to assume,” that the private meeting will include a number of
the Queen’s closest friends as well as family members.
The Queen’s coffin will be met
by the King and Queen Consort as it arrives at Buckingham
Palace on Tuesday evening. ahead of the procession on Wednesday, which will see
thousands of royal fans lining the mall to grieve their late Queen.
Prior to their appearance at
Buckingham Palace, the King and Queen consort, Charles and Camilla, have
been in Northern Ireland, a place much beloved by the new king.
Thousands queued overnight in Edinburgh to see the Queen’s coffin
Emily summarized Charles’
busy timetable, explaining: “King Charles has had a really busy day, he
hasn’t stopped to draw breath. He’s packed in a visit to Hillsborough castle in
Northern Ireland. He has received a message of condolences from the speaker
from the Northern Ireland Assembly, who’s a member of Sinn Fein, and it’s a very
significant moment because this is a party that has been traditionally opposed
to the royal family, so this is a very big moment.
“He is also attending a
service at St. Anne’s cathedral, and that will be another moment to reflect on
the queen’s life, and he will be meeting members of the public outside.”