Thousands wait to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as soldiers hold funeral dry run

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Thousands lined up in Edinburgh to pay their last respects before Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was taken to London, where the King’s Guard marched through the streets rehearsing for her funeral early Tuesday.

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Mourners traveled from across Britain, bundled up against the cold in the Scottish capital, and waited for hours, some sleeping on benches or in camping chairs, just to catch a glimpse of the late emperor’s coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral. For.

“We were desperate to show our respect here,” said Will Brehm, an engineer from Edinburgh who was sleeping in a baby carrier with his partner and 20-month-old daughter.

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“It’s a moment that will be with us forever. When you think that he’s worked for us all his life, that’s the least we can do.”

Meanwhile, a solemn funeral was rehearsed for some fanatical royal spectators watching outside the royal residence outside Buckingham Palace in London.

Thousands queued up to lay down the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh late Monday night.
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Thousands of soldiers in ceremonial uniform took part in the sober rehearsal around 4 a.m. local time, The Telegraph reported.

The dry run consisted of a gun carriage drawn by seven dark horses, with a black coffin on top.

The carriage traced the route it would take if the Queen’s actual coffin was taken in a procession to lie in state at Westminster Hall.

The monarch’s family, including King Charles III and his siblings and senior staff, are expected to walk behind the coffin. During the practice run, its organizers erected people for the Royals.

The Queen’s daughter, Princess Royal Anne, will be carried with her mother’s coffin from the cathedral to the airport in Edinburgh on Tuesday, from where it will be flown to London by a Royal Air Force plane.

The Grenadier Guards, a unit of the Household Division Foot Guards, participate in the rehearsal for the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London on 13 September.
The Grenadier Guards, a unit of the Household Division Foot Guards, participate in the rehearsal for the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London on 13 September.
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Thousands of ceremonial soldiers marched from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for Wednesday's ceremonial procession.
Thousands of ceremonial soldiers marched from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for Wednesday’s ceremonial procession.
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A gun carriage with a black coffin on top is pulled by seven black horses during Tuesday's rehearsal
A gun carriage with a black coffin on top is pulled by seven black horses during Tuesday’s rehearsal
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After returning from a visit to Northern Ireland and a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral, the new king and his wife, the coffin will be met at Buckingham Palace by the Queen’s Consort Camilla.

The coffin will stay overnight in Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room before being sent to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon local time.

Between Wednesday and next Monday, members of the public will be allowed to process the back of the coffin, which will be covered by the royal standard flag, which is kept on top, for 24 hours until the morning of the state funeral. , which will take place in Westminster Abbey.

King Charles, 73, is currently traveling to four parts of the United Kingdom, beginning with Northern Ireland, where mourners began to line the streets at Hillsborough Castle hours earlier.

A man walks behind a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II decorating a street near Buckingham Palace in London.
A man walks behind a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II decorating a street near Buckingham Palace in London.
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Princess Anne, center, will accompany her mother's coffin from the cathedral in Edinburgh to the airport on Tuesday.
Princess Anne, center, will accompany her mother’s coffin from the cathedral in Edinburgh to the airport on Tuesday.
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He arrived in Hillsborough from Scotland on Tuesday, where he followed the Queen’s coffin to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and joined his siblings for a 10-minute vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral. They stood, heads bowed, around the coffin, while members of the public entered past.

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