Queen’s last day lying at rest in Edinburgh: Where is the Queen's body now after St Giles' in Scotland?
The public paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh before her body left Scotland on 13 September. Here’s what happened in Edinburgh and what’s next for her Majesty down in England.
Where did the Queen lie at rest?
Lying at Rest refers to a period of time between an individual’s death and being buried.
As the Queen passed away in Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, her coffin will ‘lie in state’ twice in both Edinburgh and London.
Her majesty’s coffin rested in St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, for approximately 24 hours.
The church is located at the halfway point between the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle, on the city’s famous Royal Mile.
When did the Queen arrive in Edinburgh?
The Queen’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh on 11 September at 4pm where it was watched over by the Royal Company of Archers.
After spending a night at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her majesty’s body lay at rest at St Giles’ Cathedral.
Visiting hours for her Majesty lying at rest concluded at 3pm on 13 September.
Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, Cammy Day, said he was “proud” that Edinburgh would play such a huge role in the ceremonial events.
What are the rules and restrictions for visiting the Queen's coffin?
When visiting the Queen’s coffin, photography and recording is strictly prohibited.
There will be restrictions on mobile phones with security checks present to enforce this as part of a queuing system.
Was the Royal Family present at St Giles’ Cathedral?
The Queen’s children staged a vigil known as ‘the Vigil of the Princes’ around the Queen’s coffin as it rested in St Giles’ Cathedral.
When will the Queen’s body be moved to London?
On 13 September, the Queen’s coffin left St Giles’ Cathedral for London at roughly 4:30pm.
Her transfer, detailed under ‘Operation London Bridge’ revealed she was moved by plane on a flight bound to RAF Northolt.
After the coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty will lie in state for a further four days for public visits, before her state funeral next Monday.
Mourners who want to visit the Queen lying in state have been forewarned that the anticipated visitor queues are in the thousands and they could face overnight waits.
Where will the Queen’s funeral be held?
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch will have her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Her coffin shall be borne from Westminster Hall in a procession en-route to the abbey.
Then, the UK will hold a two-minute silence to pay their respects.
After an hour-long service, a ceremonial procession will see the coffin brought to Hyde Park, where it will be brought to Windsor.
At St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, her Majesty’s coffin will finally be lowered into the royal vault.
Her funeral will be held on Monday, 19 September at 11am which will be broadcast live by the BBC.
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