Queen’s children led by Charles walk behind late monarch’s coffin

King Charles III has arrived in Edinburgh – as thousands wait to pay their respects to the Queen.

His Majesty will then lead the royal family in a poignant procession behind the coffin of his mother when it travels to an Edinburgh cathedral to allow the public to pay their respects.

Thousands of people are expected to line Edinburgh's streets as Scotland says its final farewell to the Queen – as her coffin is transported in a procession along the Royal Mile to St Giles' Cathedral this afternoon.

The procession of the Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral has begun.The procession of the Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral has begun.
The procession of the Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral has begun.
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Gun salutes will be fired every minute, with the final round of shots being fired as the hearse stops outside the cathedral.

Following the ceremony, the King will join the procession of the Queen’s coffin to St Giles Cathedral where the couple, accompanied by other members of the royal family, will attend a service of prayer and reflection for the life of the Queen.

Later, the King will receive the First Minister of Scotland, followed by the Presiding Officer, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said the King’s appearance in Parliament on Monday will be a moment of “reflection” and “great sadness”.

Charles and the Queen Consort will visit Westminster Hall where both Houses of Parliament will express their condolences to the new monarch and his wife, and the King will give his reply.

“It’s a part of Westminster which is resplendent with history,” Sir Ed told Sky News.

“I think we’ll all be very proud – proud of our country, proud of our amazing monarchy.

“But it will also be a moment of reflection, as you said, and a moment of great sadness.”

Infrastructure has been set up in preparation for miles of people queuing for the Queen’s lying in state in Westminster Hall.

From 9am on Tuesday, private security staff and stewards in hi-vis vests and Metropolitan Police officers are stationed along the route, where people will be able to queue from 5pm on Wednesday to see the late monarch’s coffin.

It stretches from Parliament’s tourist entrance, Cromwell Green, down Millbank, past the Lords and Victoria Tower Gardens, across Lambeth Bridge and loops back north on the other side of the River Thames.

Portaloos and crowd control infrastructure like barriers and flooring have been now set up in to Victoria Tower Gardens.

Full details of the route will be published at 10pm on Tuesday.

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Prince Harry has released a statement, paying tribute to his grandmother’s “unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy”.

“Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings - from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.”

He says he cherishes “these times shared with you” - and also says he honours his father in his new role as King Charles III.

“Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile,”

“We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”

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King Charles III and the Queen Consort have arrived at Westminster Hall.