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In Solemn Procession, Queen Elizabeth's Coffin Is Taken Through Edinburgh




LONDON - The coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth was taken along the Royal Mile in the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Monday in a solemn procession watched by thousands of people lining the street to pay their respects to Britain's longest reigning monarch.


The skirt of bagpipes was the only sound as kilted soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland bore the coffin from the Palace of Holyrood House and placed it in the hearse.


King Charles and his siblings - Anne, Andrew and Edward - them walked behind the hearse up the historic street. The coffin will lie in St. Giles' Cathedral for an overnight vigil before being flown to London on Tuesday.


A gun salute crashed out from a battery on Edinburgh Castle as the hearse began its journey. Then there was just silence.


Elizabeth died on Thursday morning in her holiday home at Balmoral, in the Scottish Highlands, at the age of 96 after a 70 - year reign, plunging the nation into mourning.


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

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