Miles of queues: Scotland bids farewell to the Queen

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Writed by - Andy Gocker
 Miles of queues: Scotland bids farewell to the Queen
Thousands of people want to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, Scotland. © imago/i Images, SpotOn

In the evening we go to London

Mourners from across Scotland and the UK are already queuing for miles at night to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022). They want to pay their last respects to the closed coffin that was laid out in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Dozens traveled from as far away as London, the Mail Online said, believing it would be easier to see the Queen in Scotland as 30-hour queues were predicted in the English capital.

'I was surprised how much the news hit me'

A mourner from London told the British newspaper that she made the nearly 1,300km round trip because she felt 'strange' without Her Majesty. The sight of the coffin is 'surreal' and 'one of the most emotional moments of my life'.

A man who joined his stepdaughter at the back of the queue at 2:30 a.m. explained: 'We wanted to say goodbye to the boss. I'm in the military, I work on the submarines. I was surprised by how much The news hit me. I didn't know her personally, but I met her as a child. It moved me a lot, it was quite a shock.'

A couple who queued just after 3am said: 'We tried to queue overnight to avoid the crowds - to no avail'.

Thousands of people flocked to the coffin on Monday evening as the new King Charles III. (73) and his three siblings stood with bowed heads in silent devotion on the four sides of Her Majesty's oaken coffin ('Vigil of the Princes' ceremony).

In the evening the coffin is flown to London

The Queen, who died on Thursday (8/9) at her Scottish country home, Balmoral Castle, is staying in the Scottish capital until the coffin is flown to London from Edinburgh Airport at 6pm on Tuesday evening. The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September.

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