Princess Anne issued a statement on Wednesday, 13 September 2022 during Queen Elizabeth’s last journey home from Edinburgh to London.
I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.
We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.
We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch.
To my mother, The Queen, thank you.Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence accompanied Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin, covered with the Scottish Royal Standard, during its slow progress from Balmoral Castle, via Ballater, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday, 11 September 2022.
She joined her brothers as they held a Vigil beside the Queen’s coffin as the general public came to see and pay their respects, following a service at St Giles’ Cathedral the following day.
The Princess Royal accompanied the Queen’s Coffin aboard the Royal Air Force Globemaster C17 for their journey south to RAF Northolt near London and travelling in the cortege to Buckingham Palace.