Over 30 horses lined up to salute Queen Elizabeth's final journey through Scotland

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Queen Elizabeth's love of horses was well-known, so it's only fitting that a cavalcade of horses lined her final journey through Scotland.

The Queen died on 8th September at Balmoral Castle, the royal family's estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. After her death, her coffin was driven through the Scottish countryside to Edinburgh, where it was transported by plane to London. The procession was met by a moving tribute on the M90.

Photo credit: Eilidh Verstage
Photo credit: Eilidh Verstage

Emma Cheape invited locals to join her in her family's fields to pay their final respects, and dozens answered the call. She told Horse & Hound: "I put a post on Facebook on Saturday night saying if anyone local wanted to join me in the field, they’d be welcome, thinking maybe two or three people would come, and we ended up with 32 horses and about 40 people on foot. It was amazing."

Photo credit: Eilidh Verstage
Photo credit: Eilidh Verstage

Emma explained that the horses held a beautiful line, even as helicopters passed overhead. She said: "There were tears, and it was a bit eerie; the road was quiet, the field went silent. Princess Anne and her husband were in the car behind, and she pointed us out and they both waved. It was lovely."

Photo credit: Eilidh Verstag
Photo credit: Eilidh Verstag

Princess Anne released a statement about her mother's death and final journey. She said: "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."

Photo credit: Eilidh Verstage
Photo credit: Eilidh Verstage

Once back in London, the Queen's coffin will be transported to Buckingham Palace. It will then lie in state in Westminster Hall until her 19th September funeral.

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