LIVEBLOG – The late Queen’s children watch her coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral

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The Queen’s Children Love “Princes’ Nights”

King Charles has returned to St Giles’ Cathedral to join Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward to watch over their late mother. The four children stand around her coffin and watch her for some time.

This custom is called the Princes Vigil and was first made upon the death of King George V in 1936. Since then it has taken place again at the funeral of the Queen Mother (mother of Queen Elizabeth II) in 2002. Then there were also Charles, Andrew and Edward .


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My mother, like me, was very fond of the Scottish people

King Charles in the Scottish Parliament


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The Scots salute the Queen

The first Scots were allowed into St Giles’ Cathedral to salute the late Queen for the last time. Some have been lining up since eight this morning. The Queen’s coffin remains in the cathedral for 24 hours before being flown to London.


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Nicola Sturgeon: ‘The Queen was there during many of our special moments’

In the Scottish Parliament, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla and other members of Parliament. “For people across the country, this is a moment of profound sadness,” she said. “She (Queen Elizabeth, editor) was there during many of our special moments.”

Sturgeon looked back on her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth, in 1979 at the opening of the Magnum Leisure Center in Irvine. “I was lining up with my mom like hundreds of others, and we happened to be standing near her car. My 9-year-old was totally convinced I had caught her attention.”


7:00 pm

More football matches postponed

Chelsea’s football matches against Liverpool and Manchester United against Leeds United next Sunday, as well as the Brighton and Crystal Palace match on Saturday, have been postponed.

Not enough police are available now, as a large crowd is expected to arrive in London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and salutations.


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Charles and Camilla in the Scottish Parliament

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla arrive in the Scottish Parliament. They will hear the condolences of the deputies. Charles wears a Scottish skirt for the occasion.

Just before visiting the Scottish Parliament, the King had a short meeting with Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.


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Photo – The Scots (still) wait patiently at St Giles’ Cathedral


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Strict rules when greeting the Queen

A long line of people waits at St Giles’ Cathedral to present their final tribute to Queen Elizabeth. Several people had been there for several hours and would also have to be a little patient before it was their turn.

In addition, they will have to adhere to strict rules:

  • People get a wristband with which they can enter the cathedral
  • Visitors must pass through the security gates upon entry
  • Taking pictures or taking pictures is prohibited in the cathedral
  • Backpacks (or other bags) should not be larger than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm


17:23

Princess Elizabeth signs a record of mourning in honor of the Queen


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Service is over, Scots can receive the Queen today

Service ended at St. Giles’ Cathedral. The coffin will now remain in the cathedral for 24 hours. The Scots will have the opportunity to greet Queen Elizabeth II from the night before her body is taken to London.

Watch the montage of the service at St Giles’ Cathedral:

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