Queen’s Coffin Reaches Scotland; King Charles to Join Procession at Edinburg

Story Highlights
  • Mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II arrive in Scotland.
  • Scottish public to pay respect at St Giles Cathedral.
  • The body will be flown to London on Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth IIs flag-draped coffin arrived in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh in a regal procession as mourners gathered on the street to bid the longest-serving monarch of British goodbye. The six-hour journey was escorted by 7 car cortege from Balmoral where the Queen breathed her last on Thursday afternoon. It was covered by a wreath of flowers from the estate including sweet peas, one of queen fav.

At Edinburgh, a ceremony is scheduled before the solemn procession from there at 2:30 pm on Monday. The remains of the Queen will be kept for Scottish Public to pay respect to her at the St Giles Cathedral on the city’s Royal Mile. Following which it will be flown to London on Tuesday.

Following the service, the King will return to Holyrood where he will have an audience with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, followed by a meeting with the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament. Charles, accompanied by the Queen Consort, will later go to the Scottish Parliament to receive a motion of condolence.

That evening, at 7:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. ET), the King and members of the royal family will mount their own guard or vigil of the Queen’s coffin.

On Tuesday, the King and Camilla will make a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The couple will visit Hillsborough Castle and view an exhibition on the Queen’s long association with Northern Ireland. The King will then meet the secretary of state for Northern Ireland in addition to other party leaders, and receive a message of condolence led by the speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Back in Scotland, the Queen’s only daughter Princess Anne will prepare to accompany her mother’s body as it is flown back to London. At 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) the coffin will journey 8.2 miles (13.2 kilometers) by hearse to Edinburgh Airport, where it will depart for RAF Northolt.

The White House in a statement on Sunday informed that US President Joe Biden would also attend the funeral of the Queen in London along with his first lady

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