An emotional Sophie, Countess of Wessex supported Queen Consort Camilla during the late Queen's coffin procession.

The countess accompanied the Queen Consort in a car that was following behind King Charles III and his siblings in a procession which saw the Queen's coffin being escorted from the Palace of Holyrood House to St Giles' Cathedral along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Sophie, married to the King's brother, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, looked visibly upset throughout proceedings, and looked close to tears as she stood waiting on the steps of St Giles' Cathedral as the Queen's coffin was carried inside.

The countess had a strong relationship with the late monarch, and could be seen wiping away tears ahead of the service honouring her service to Scotland.

King Charles III guided the Royal Family in a poignant procession behind the coffin of his late mother as it travelled to a cathedral in Edinburgh to allow the public to pay their respects.

The Queen's coffin was taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles' Cathedral where her family, and a congregation drawn from all areas of Scottish society, attended a service of thanksgiving for her life.

Last year, after the death of the Prince Philip, Countess Sophie reportedly became a "rock" for the Queen.

A royal source told The Mirror that she had been a "tremendous source of comfort to the Queen."

They added: "Sophie cherishes her relationship with the Queen and not only appreciates her guidance and wisdom throughout her own life, she is very protective of her."

"Their bond is very like a mother and daughter and the feeling of love and respect is quite mutual.

"It is very special."

Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe previously said: "Sophie Wessex has emerged as the Queen’s unlikely 'rock' as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip. Prince Edward's wife has—according to sources—made it her personal mission to ensure Her Majesty is fully supported by the family."

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"Since the Duke's death in April, Sophie has driven the 10 miles from her Bagshot Park home to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend socially-distanced time with Her Majesty."

"And on days she can't get there in person, the Countess of Wessex has made a point of calling her mother-in-law at least once a day," as reported by Vanity Fair.

The Queen's funeral will take place on Monday 19 September, and has officially been declared a bank holiday across the UK.

Ahead of the service, members of the public will be able to view the coffin to pay their respects for 24 hours in Edinburgh, before it is flown to London ahead of a four-day period of lying-in-state at Westminster Hall.

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