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



Queen Elizabeth II left Scotland for the last time on Tuesday as her coffin arrived in London where crowds of mourners gathered to pay their respects as she lay in state ahead of a state funeral next week.
The coffin was removed from St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, where it has been resting “at rest” since Monday, after being carried in a solemn procession through the Scottish capital in front of a hushed crowd. The late monarch will first be brought to Buckingham Palace before being taken to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where well-wishers have lined up for 24 hours to bid farewell.
Charles III meanwhile, he made his first visit to Northern Ireland as king on Tuesday as part of a four-nation tour of the UK ahead of the queen’s funeral. As heir to the throne, he has made 39 visits to Northern Ireland, whose recent history has been marked by sectarian violence against British rule and where a fragile peace has held since 1998. His 40th visit comes while Unionists loyal to the Crown feel their place in the wider UK is under threat like never before. At Hillsborough Castle – the monarch’s official residence in Northern Ireland – he sent a message to political leaders that he would work for all communities in the divided province. “I take up my new duties determined to seek the well-being of all the inhabitants,” he told them.


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