Paying Tribute in Stonehaven

By Jane Cruickshank / September 11, 2022
early morning shot of the tree at the Queen Elizabeth Park

THE people of Stonehaven have been quietly paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and will have an opportunity to witness the passing of her cortege at just after noon today.

The hearse is leaving Balmoral at 10am to progress along the Deeside Road passing through Ballater, Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil and Banchory before heading into Aberdeen where there will be a tribute point at Duthie Park at 11.42 am.

The cortege will then head south on the A92. It is expected to reach the A90 at Stonehaven at 12.07pm.

The public are strongly advised not to gather near the carriageway in the interests of road safety. The two flyovers at the Slug Road and at Kirktown of Fetteresso are recommended viewpoints. Both these flyovers will be closed to vehicular traffic at the appropriate time so they are safe for those wishing to gather there.

Tributes in the town

The grassy slope at Viewmount has become a focal point for floral tributes.

Meanwhile the Horizon Group has placed flowers around the silver birch at the Queen Elizabeth Park, which was planted recently as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project marking her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.

And there are various marks of respect. At the historic St James Church, flags are flying at half mast in tribute to Her Majesty’s role as the supreme governor of the Church of England.

Several businesses have flowers in their windows, while the Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland shop at the Market Square has dressed its window in tribute.