Mourners will on Monday get the first opportunity to pay respects before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in an Edinburgh cathedral where King Charles III will preside over a vigil.
Thousands of people are expected to line up for the chance to see the flag-draped casket at St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital, a week before her funeral in London.
The new monarch will walk behind his mother’s coffin in a sombre afternoon procession leading from Holyroodhouse palace — where it arrived on Sunday after making a six-hour road journey from Balmoral Castle — to the cathedral.
Meanwhile, King Charles III pledged on Monday to follow his late mother’s example of “selfless duty” as he addressed lawmakers from both houses of parliament in London before he was to fly to Edinburgh to be with the late queen’s coffin as it lies at rest in the Scottish capital.
Crowds turned out in the Scottish capital Sunday as the hearse carrying the queen drove through the city, with some cheering, some throwing flowers and a few shedding tears in an outpouring of respect.
People also lined the streets of towns and villages along the 180-mile route from her beloved Balmoral estate, where she died on Thursday aged 96 after seven decades on the throne.