A hush descended on the village of Ballater, where many locals considered the Queen a neighbour, as she made her final journey from her beloved Royal Deeside.
Hundreds lined the main street through the picturesque Victorian village closest to the Balmoral Estate, which the Queen had visited all her life. They had waited patiently, some for hours, to pay their respects and some bowed their heads while others saluted as the coffin was driven slowly by.
There was no applause or flowers strewn in the path of the hearse. Instead, there was a quiet and reflective atmosphere among those present, some said afterwards.
Jeannine Mackenzie, from Keith, Banffshire, said: “I came to see the Queen on her journey. I feel quiet inside. The mood of the day is hushed.” She had picked a bouquet of purple heather which she will leave at Balmoral Castle later.
Dressed in a kilt with sporran and a feathered hat, Richard Baird from Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, said: “I think the atmosphere was respectful, but also one of celebration. “She had lived a long life and a full life.”
Claire Green and her sister Melissa Simpson, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, came with their children, Florence Green and Gracie and Hamish Simpson. They were in position hours before the cortege passed.