PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND PAY RESPECT TO THE QUEEN
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Thousands of tearful mourners came out to view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin this morning as queues remained lengthy overnight, with the people of Scotland paying their last respects at St Giles’ Cathedral.
The coffin of the UK’s longest serving monarch will return to London today with the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, to accompany her late mother on the solemn flight home.
Following final prayers from mourners in Edinburgh, the coffin will be taken by hearse from the Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport at 5pm. The RAF flight is due to depart at 6pm and arrive at RAF Northolt, in west London, at 6.55pm.
Crowds are set to flood the route into the city as the coffin is transported to Buckingham Palace, where it will be received at the grand entrance by a guard of honour. The arrival will be witnessed by King Charles III and the Queen Consort along with other members of the Royal family.