Queen’s coffin arrives in London as people queue up to bid farewell

Queen Elizabeth

II left Scotland for the final time on Tuesday, as her coffin arrived in London where crowds of mourners have gathered to pay their respects when she lies in state before a state funeral next week.

The casket was taken from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, where it has lain “at rest” since Monday, after it was carried in a solemn procession through the Scottish capital to hushed crowds. The late monarch will first be brought to Buckingham Palace before being taken to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where well-wishers have been queueing for 24 hours to bid farewell.

Charles III

meanwhile made his maiden visit to Northern Ireland as king on Tuesday as part of a tour to all four nations of the UK before the queen’s funeral. As heir-to-thethrone, he made 39 visits to Northern Ireland, whose recent history has been scarred by sectarian violence over British rule and where a fragile peace has held since 1998. His 40th visit comes as unionists loyal to the


feel their place in the wider UK is under threat as never before. At Hillsborough Castle — the monarch’s official residence in Northern Ireland — he sent a message to political leadersthat he would work for all communities in the divided province. “I take up my new duties resolved to seek the welfare of all inhabitants,” he told them.

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