Edinburgh commemorates the Queen: The mourners queue for miles

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Edinburgh commemorates the Queen
Mourners queuing for miles

To catch one last glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, many people in Edinburgh go to great lengths. Already at night they stand in line for hours. In the evening, the bones of the Queen of Scotland are brought to London.

The Queen’s death moved the crowds as mourners from across Scotland and the United Kingdom lined up for miles on Tuesday evening in Edinburgh to bid farewell to Elizabeth II. They want to pay their last respects to the monarch at the closed coffin placed in the city’s St. Giles Cathedral.

The Daily Mail reports that many people have even traveled from London. They thought it would be easier to see the Queen’s coffin in Scotland than in the British capital, where it will be taken and deposited in the evening. In London, waiting times of up to 30 hours for mourners were recently predicted.

A woman from London told the British newspaper she made the nearly 1,300-mile return journey because she felt “strange” without the Queen. The sight of the coffin is “surreal” and “one of the most emotional moments of my life”.

“It was quite a shock”

A man who joined his stepdaughter at the back of the line at 2:30 said: “We wanted to say goodbye to the boss. I’m in the military, I work on the submarines. I was surprised at how much she messaged I didn’t know her personally , but I met her when I was a kid. It really moved me, it was quite a shock.”

One couple, who in turn queued just after 3am, is quoted as saying, “We tried to queue at night to avoid the crowds – with no success”.

funeral on monday

Thousands of people gathered on Monday evening when the new King Charles III. and his three siblings with bowed heads on the four sides of the oak coffin quietly commemorated the Queen (“Vigil of the Princes” ceremony).

Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish estate Balmoral Castle. A plane with her coffin on board leaves Edinburgh Airport for London at 6 pm that evening. The Queen will be buried at a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19.

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