The Queen’s funeral: Ballater villagers come together for final farewell | Scotland

The village of Ballater fell silent today to mourn the death of their Balmoral neighbor Queen Elizabeth II on the day she was laid to rest.

Ballater lies eight miles from Balmoral Castle, her beloved Highland retreat where she died 11 days ago.

Journalists from around the world descended on the area when it was announced that the Queen was seriously unwell on September 8.

The normally quiet village turned into a gauntlet of cameras hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal family as they rushed to her bedside in her final hours.

Ballater looked very different on the day of the Queen’s funeral, with most of the shops and businesses closed.

The only shops to remain open were AB Yule convenience store and

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