Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to be flown from Scotland to London ahead of state funeral

London — Mourners had been lined up Tuesday in Scotland’s capital to try to pay their respects in particular person to Queen Elizabeth II, because the late monarch lied in state in Edinburgh’s St. Giles’ Cathedral. Later Tuesday, the queen’s coffin was to be flown to London aboard a Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster, accompanied by her sister Princess Anne, after which introduced to Buckingham Palace.

Lines had been already forming in central London, in the meantime, with tons of of 1000’s anticipated to wait hours for a chance to see the queen’s coffin later this week because it lies in state at Westminster Hall.

Procession Of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin To St Giles Cathedral
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into St Giles Cathedral, after making its approach alongside The Royal Mile, September 12, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Two girls, Grace and Vanessa, stated they’d already taken their place within the line, ready in a single day to pay their respects a full day earlier than the queen’s coffin was even due to arrive at Westminster.

“This morning, we went to the actual rehearsal of her majesty’s coffin going into Westminster Hall. It was heartbreaking, the solemnness of the occasion,” Grace instructed the BBC. “I think the whole nation is going to be heartbroken and in floods of tears. We were.”

“This is the way we want to pay respect to the queen, who has done a great service to the country and the commonwealth and the world,” Vanessa stated.

Upon the departure of the queen’s coffin from Scotland on Tuesday afternoon, a Guard of Honor will give the monarch a last royal salute, and the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play one verse of Britain’s newly-updated nationwide anthem.

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After the coffin touches down at a British Air Force base west of London on Tuesday afternoon, it can be transported by hearse to Buckingham Palace within the coronary heart of the capital. On Wednesday, the queen’s coffin will be moved the quick distance from the palace to Westminster Hall, the place the late monarch will lie in state till her state funeral on Monday. 

King Charles III, alongside his spouse Camilla, the queen consort, had been visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday. They will meet politicians and non secular leaders and attend a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral earlier than returning to London later within the day.

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