Scottish farmers form tractor guard of honour for Queen's coffin journey

·Freelance news writer, Yahoo UK
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Watch: Scottish farmers form tractor guard of honour as Queen's coffin passes through Aberdeenshire

This is the moment Scottish farmers pay a touching tribute to the Queen - by forming a guard of honour made up of tractors.

The tractors were positioned as the monarch’s procession travelled through Aberdeenshire on Sunday.

About 40 tractors were parked on either side of the road as the cortege drove through, with clips of the moment viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media.

Robbie Moore, the MP for Keighley and Ilkley, praised it as an "incredible illustration of pure respect".

The tractor guard of honour for the Queen.
The tractor guard of honour for the Queen.

It came as thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of villages, towns and cities as the Queen’s coffin began its journey to its final resting place.

The cortege left Balmoral Castle, where Her Majesty died aged 96 on Thursday, for the last time at 10am on Sunday.

As part of the six-hour, 180-mile journey to Edinburgh, it first headed to the nearby town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, where many locals considered her a neighbour.

TOPSHOT - Members of the Public pay their respects as they hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, is driven through Ballater, on September 11, 2022. - Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will travel by road through Scottish towns and villages on Sunday as it begins its final journey from her beloved Scottish retreat of Balmoral. The Queen, who died on September 8, will be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse before lying at rest in St Giles' Cathedral, before travelling onwards to London for her funeral. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public pay their respects as the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, is driven through Ballater. (AFP via Getty Images)

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It also passed through cities including Aberdeen and Dundee, and was set to arrive in the Scottish capital at about 4pm.

The coffin will be taken into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where it will remain for the night before being taken to St Giles’ Cathedral for a service on Monday afternoon.

On Tuesday, it will be flown to London with a procession to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen’s lying in state will begin, lasting for four days and ending on the morning of the state funeral on Monday, 19 September.