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Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in Edinburgh ahead of cathedral service

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The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, 11 September 2022
The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, 11 September 2022   -   Copyright  Owen Humphreys/PA via AP   -  

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for 24 hours, before returning to London on the Royal train, ahead of a state funeral next Monday. 

Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family are expected to arrive in the Scottish capital on Monday for the service of remembrance. 

Crowds of people lined the streets of Edinburgh as the cortege carrying the Queen's coffin arrived in Sunday, making the journey by road from the Balmoral estate in the Highlands, where she past away last Thursday. 

Well-wishers gathered in their tens of thousands to pay their final respects at designated viewing spots along the way in the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. 

Her coffin law at rest in the Palace of Holyroodhouse overnight. 

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to take place on Monday, 19 September, in London, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday evening. 

The funeral service will be held at Westminster Abbey at 10 am GMT (11 am CET) and is expected to be attended by a number of world leaders. King Charles III, her son who succeeded her, has declared the day of the funeral a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

As Britain and the world continued to mourn Queen Elizabeth this weekend, her son Charles was proclaimed King by the Accession Council in the state apartments of St James’s Palace on Saturday morning.

The historic session proclaiming Charles III as the new sovereign was followed by the reading of the Principal Proclamation from the palace's balcony, followed by fanfare and gun salutes throughout the country.

Review the weekend's events in our blog below:

09.10.2022
09:47

In summary

09.11.2022
17:10

The Queen's coffin arrives in Edinburgh

The Queen's procession with the burgundy-coloured Bentley carrying her coffin has arrived in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, as it makes its way to the royal residence in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Large crowds have gathered along the path on the Royal Mile and in other parts of Edinburgh.

09.11.2022
16:13

The Queen's coffin passes Dundee, leaves Scottish highlands

The Queen Elizabeth II's funeral cortege has passed Dundee, as thousands come out to pay honour to the British sovereign who passed away last week.

The cortege has crossed the River Tay and has left behind the Scottish highlands as it continues its journey south toward Edinburgh.

09.11.2022
15:40
A couple embraces at the Green Park memorial, next to Buckingham Palace, 11 September 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
09.11.2022
15:37

Charles III formally proclaimed King in the rest of the UK as country honours Elizabeth II's funeral cortege

King Charles III on Sunday was formally proclaimed the new monarch in the rest of the nations of the United Kingdom: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It came a day after the accession ceremony in London saw him take over the throne accompanied by fanfare and gun salutes throughout the country.

In Edinburgh, crowds gathered to watch the ceremony and sing the anthem, "God Save the King".

Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin meanwhile, was passing through the rugged Scottish countryside on a final journey from her beloved summer estate Balmoral Castle to London, with mourners quietly lining roads and some tossing flowers to honour the monarch who died after 70 years on the throne.

The hearse drove past piles of bouquets and other tributes as it led a seven-car cortege from Balmoral, where the Queen died Thursday, for a six-hour trip through Scottish towns to Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh.

09.11.2022
13:52

Charles III to visit four UK nations in his first trip as monarch

King Charles III will embark on a tour of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom -- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland -- beginning on Monday with Scotland. This is his first royal engagement since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, titled Operation Spring Tide -- the codename for his first trip as King. He will be accompanied by the Queen Consort.

The tour is intended to lead the nations in mourning across the UK, with services held at each stop, including a vigil at St Giles' Cathedral on Monday. He will be accompanied by Liz Truss, who also recently became the country's new Prime Minister.

On Sunday, King Charles III is scheduled to meet with the Secretary General of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace. He will also host the High Commissioners of the countries in which he is head of state at the Palace later in the day.

09.11.2022
12:46

Scottish leader says Elizabeth II's passing caused 'profound, deeply touching' grief

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Queen's passing marks a moment of shared loss.

"The grief we have seen across the world has been profound and deeply touching. It will be especially poignant to see Her Majesty's coffin begin its journey from her Aberdeenshire home to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh."

Sturgeon said Her Majesty's death at Balmoral Castle means "Scotland has lost one of its most dedicated and beloved servants," she said.

"We anticipate many, many people will be keen to pay their respects."

09.11.2022
10:44

Queen's coffin leaves Balmoral for Edinburgh, thousands gather to pay respects

Queen Elizabeth II’s flag-draped coffin left her beloved Scottish estate Balmoral Castle on Sunday as the monarch, who died after 70 years on the throne, began her last journey back to London for a state funeral.

The hearse drove past piles of flowers and other tributes as it led a seven-car cortege from Balmoral, the summer retreat where the Queen died on Thursday, for a six-hour journey through Scottish towns to Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh.

The late Queen's coffin was draped in the Royal Standard for Scotland and topped with a wreath made up of flowers from the estate, including sweet peas, one of Elizabeth II's favourites.

09.10.2022
19:17

Queen's funeral to be held on 19 September 

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday in Scotland, will take place on Monday, 19 September in London, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday. 

The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. GMT) and is expected to be attended by world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Canadian and Australian PMs Justin Trudeau and Anthony Albanese.

The Queen will be lying in state in Westminster Hall for "four clear days" from 14 September, a Palace official said. The Westminster Hall will also be closed to visitors until 19 September in preparations for the funeral.

King Charles III, her son who succeeded her, has declared 19 September a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

09.10.2022
18:35
Flowers are laid on Belfast's Shankill Road on 10 September 2022. ((Brian Lawless/PA via AP)