Princess Anne joins Queen's coffin on journey to London

Anne’s most precious earrings: Princess wears the pearl set she was gifted by her parents and wore to her wedding and her father’s funeral as she joins her mother’s coffin on the journey to London

  • Anne was at her mother’s side as the Queen’s coffin was carried out of St Giles’
  • Princess Anne, 72, opted to wear her favoured Grima pearl earrings today
  • They were a gift from her parents and she wore them to her father’s funeral
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

The Princess Royal was at her mother’s side this afternoon as the Queen’s coffin was carried out of St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh ahead of being flown to London then carried by hearse to Buckingham Palace.

Dressed in a smart black ensemble, Princess Anne, 72, opted to wear her favoured Grima pearl earrings, which were a gift from her parents in the 1960s and which she wore to her father’s funeral in 2021.

As well as on sombre occasions, Anne has also sported the precious earrings during happier times, such as her wedding to Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in 1992. He accompanied her in Edinburgh today.

Anne also wore the accessories on her first royal tour, when aged 19 and visiting Australia with her mother, as well as during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year.

The Princess Royal was at her mother’s side this afternoon as the Queen’s coffin was carried out of St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh ahead of being flown to London then carried by hearse to Buckingham Palace

Dressed in a smart black ensemble, Princess Anne, 72, opted to wear her favoured Grima pearl earrings, which were a gift from her parents in the 1960s and which she wore to her father’s funeral in 2021

The earrings are a leaf design that includes gold, pearl and diamonds and were made by Anglo-Italian jeweller Andrew Grima

As well as on sombre occasions, Anne has also sported the precious earrings during happier times, such as her wedding to Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in 1992 (pictured)

The earrings are a leaf design that includes gold, pearl and diamonds and were made by Anglo-Italian jeweller Andrew Grima.

They have been in regular rotation in the Princess Royal’s wardrobe since the 1960s – even being teamed with her stunning wedding dress in 1992.

Max Stone, managing director of luxury jeweller Steven Stone told Woman & Home of Anne’s earrings: ‘Gifted to her by the Queen and Prince Philip in the late 1960’s, the earrings are one of Princess Anne’s longest serving pieces of jewellery and have huge sentimental value. 

‘Worn frequently at public appearances, the Princess most notably wore them on her first royal tour as an adult, in Australia when she was with her mother at just nineteen years old, to her wedding to Timothy Laurence in 1992 and to Prince Phillip’s funeral in 2021.

‘The retail price for a pair of earrings like Princess Anne’s would be at the top end of $3,600.’

The Queen is leaving her beloved Scotland for the last time as her coffin is flown from Edinburgh to London then carried by hearse to Buckingham Palace  – where she will be received by King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

They have been in regular rotation in the Princess Royal’s wardrobe since the 1960s – even being teamed with her stunning wedding dress in 1992. Pictured, Princess Anne during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip in 2021

The sound of pipes filled the streets as Her Majesty’s coffin – which was draped in the Royal Scottish Standard and decorated with a large wreath – was carried out of St Giles’ Cathedral by kilt-wearing pallbearers after 4.15pm into a hearse then driven up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

A guard of honour by the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland and pipers followed the Cortege towards Edinburgh Castle and on to Edinburgh Airport airport.

A sea of thousands of mourners packed into the capital’s tiny streets broke out into applause, while the Scottish flag, the Saltaire, flew at half-mask from the top of a building. The enormous crowd of men, women and children continued to clap for the monarch as the last company of soldiers followed the procession.

At Edinburgh Airport, the Queen will be received by the Royal Regiment of Scotland with a royal salute, before a bearer party from the Royal Air Force will then be on hand to carry the coffin onto the aircraft – an RAF Globemaster C-17 –  accompanied by her daughter the Princess Royal, who travelled with her late mother from Balmoral on Sunday.

Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Laurence arrive at St Giles’ Cathedral

Princess Anne watches as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral

The bearer party carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to a hearse as they prepare to depart from St Giles Cathedral

The Princess Royal watches as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence watch as pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral

The RAF plane is scheduled to depart from the runway in Edinburgh at 6pm, before touching down at RAF Northolt in west London at 6.55pm. 

The bearer party will then carry the Queen’s coffin from the aircraft to the waiting state hearse to begin the journey by road along the A40 towards Buckingham Palace, where tens of thousands of mourners are expected to gather to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty.

When she arrives at the palace, a further guard of honour will be formed by the King’s Guard as the coffin arrives at the Grand Entrance. 

The King will be joined by Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Princess Beatrice as he receives his mother’s coffin at Buckingham Palace, where she spent so many of her decades as sovereign before her death at the Balmoral estate on Thursday at the age of 96.

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