Princess Anne leaves royal fans in tears with small act as Queen’s coffin passes

The Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, has left royal fans in floods of tears with a simple act as her late mother's coffin was carried past her at the end of today's procession.

A hearse containing Queen Elizabeth II's oak coffin, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, left the summer residence of Balmoral just after 10am this morning (September 11) and made its way through Scottish towns and cities including Aberdeen, Tayside and Perth.

Following just behind the late monarch in the cortege was her beloved daughter Princess Anne who appeared distraught at the tragic loss, accompanied by her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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Also in the convoy was Kenneth Mackenzie – the minister of Crathie Kirk, the church the royals attend in Balmoral – and a representative of the Lord chamberlain’s office.

The Queen's coffin, decorated with a single wreath made up of flowers from the Scottish estate, was carried from the hearse by six of the estate’s gamekeepers.

And just as it was being taken out at the end of its journey at Holyrood, it was taken past Princess Anne – who curtseyed.

But she wasn't alone, as Sophie Wessex also made the gesture.

This brought a tear to many eyes, especially on social media.

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One user wrote: “The Way Princess Anne curtsied (sic) to show her mother, The Queen, the proper respect even in death – the way that woman has stood by her mother's side till her last breath.

“Pray that God gives you a child who loves you like Anne.”

And another wrote: “Anne’s strength and respect has been outstanding! It was also really beautiful to see Sophie curtsy (sic).”

A third posted: “This made me cry all over again.”

While a fourth commented: "Don’t know why, but Anne curtsying made me tear up."

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After the touching moment, the coffin was loaded into the car and its journey began.

Well-wishers in each of the towns she has passed through stood by to welcome the hearse on its way to Edinburgh, where the coffin will first go to the Queen's official Scottish residence at Holyrood Palace before heading to St Giles' Cathedral for a mini lying in state ceremony.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who called the journey "poignant", is set to observe the coffin as it goes past the Scottish parliament, alongside other politicians.

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The cortege first made its way through the town of Ballater, the village closest to the Balmoral estate where residents considered Her Majesty a neighbour.

From St Giles', a hearse will takfre Her Majesty's coffin to Edinburgh airport on September 13 where Princess Anne will accompany the coffin on the flight to RAF Northolt.

The coffin will then be placed in Westminster Hall for the official lying in state, giving members of the public a chance to say their final goodbyes.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to pay their respects over a four-day period before the Queen's state funeral, which will take place on September 19.

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