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From Edinburgh to London, thousands queue to mourn the queen

King Charles III arrived in Edinburgh on Sept. 12, which marks the beginning of the second leg of the queen’s ceremonial journey to her final resting place. (Video: The Washington Post)

The British public got its first chance to visit with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II this week, as thousands of mourners stood in lines from Edinburgh to London awaiting the opportunity to pay respects to Britain’s longest serving monarch.

In the Scottish capital on Monday, crowds thronged the cobblestone streets, craning to catch a glimpse of the hearse that transported Elizabeth to St. Giles Cathedral, where she will lie in rest until early Tuesday evening.

In London meanwhile, long lines were already forming in anticipation of a public visitation at Westminster Palace set to begin Wednesday. The queue is expected to stretch for miles and could last as long as 30 hours, officials warned. The British government is bracing for a surge of people: “You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down,” it said in a statement. Elizabeth will be lying in state there until her funeral on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey.

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The queen’s ceremonial journey to her final resting place stretches from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to Windsor Castle, west of London. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Philip, who died last year, at St. George’s Chapel.
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