Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to be flown from Scotland to London forward 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 Power C-17 Globemaster, accompanied by her sister Princess Anne, after which dropped at Buckingham Palace.

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

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 method alongside The Royal Mile, September 12, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Two girls, Grace and Vanessa, mentioned 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 on account of arrive at Westminster.

“This morning, we went to the precise rehearsal of her majesty’s coffin going into Westminster Corridor. It was heartbreaking, the solemnness of the event,” Grace informed the BBC. “I feel the entire nation goes to be heartbroken and in floods of tears. We had been.”

“That is the best way we wish to pay respect to the queen, who has executed an important service to the nation and the commonwealth and the world,” Vanessa mentioned.

Upon the departure of the queen’s coffin from Scotland on Tuesday afternoon, a Guard of Honor will give the monarch a ultimate 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 Power base west of London on Tuesday afternoon, it is going to be transported by hearse to Buckingham Palace within the coronary heart of the capital. On Wednesday, the queen’s coffin will probably be moved the quick distance from the palace to Westminster Corridor, 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 Eire on Tuesday. They’ll meet politicians and spiritual leaders and attend a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral earlier than returning to London later within the day.

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