In solemn procession, Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is taken through Edinburgh

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  • King Charles went to Edinburgh to hold a vigil
  • Queen Elizabeth’s coffin moves from the palace to the cathedral
  • Children walk in procession behind hearses

EDINBURGH, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth was carried along the Royal Mile in the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Monday. Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Bagpipes were the only sound as kilted soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin from the Palace of Holyrood House and placed it in the hearse.

King Charles and his siblings – Anne, Andrew and Edward – then walked behind the hearse along the historic street. The coffin will lie in state at St Giles Cathedral for an overnight vigil before being taken to London on Tuesday.

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A gun salute was fired from the batteries on Edinburgh Castle as the race began its journey. Then there was only silence.

Elizabeth died on Thursday morning at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands at the age of 96 after a 70-year career, sending the nation into mourning.

Charles became king after her death and was formally proclaimed king on Saturday.

Tina Richardson, 63, a retiree from Dunbar, was one of those standing on the Royal Mile for centuries next to the cathedral. She said her middle name was Elizabeth after the late queen.

“She is like a member of my own family. There will never be anyone like her,” she told Reuters. “She was a beautiful woman who gave so much to all of us. She dedicated her entire life to the country. She was there in good times and bad, especially during Covid. She brought everyone together.”

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Reporting by Michael Holden in London and Andrew MacAskill in Edinburgh; Additional reporting by Kate Holton, Muwija M, Will Russell and William James; Editing by Angus McSwan, Janet Lawrence and Alex Richardson

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