Live Updates: Queen’s coffin arrives at Edinburgh Cathedral

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Photos and flowers are shown to people paying their respects near the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Photos and flowers are shown to people paying their respects near the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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EDINBURGH, Scotland – The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for a memorial service.

A hearse containing the coffin led a procession through the Scottish capital’s Old Town on Monday. Thousands of people lined the street known as the Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Saint-Gilles Cathedral, founded in the 1130s, holds a service of thanksgiving.

Afterwards, members of the public will be allowed in to parade past the casket. Some have been waiting since dawn.

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

EDINBURGH, Scotland – The children of Queen Elizabeth II accompany their mother’s coffin on a procession through Scotland’s capital.

A military piper played mournful music as the coffin, draped in the royal standard, was transported from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and placed in a hearse on Monday.

King Charles III, dressed in army uniform, and his siblings Princes Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward walk behind the hearse as the procession slowly heads towards St. Giles Cathedral .

The hearse is flanked by a group of bearers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland and a detachment of the King’s Bodyguard in Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.

The coffin will remain at the cathedral until Tuesday so members of the public can pay their respects.

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LONDON — A plane carrying King Charles has landed in Edinburgh, where the new monarch is due to accompany the coffin of his late mother on a procession through the heart of Scotland’s capital.

The procession will carry the coffin of the former sovereign to a cathedral on Monday, where it will remain for 24 hours to allow the public to pay their last respects.

Lines of people waiting to file past the coffin in Saint-Gilles Cathedral began to form around dawn.

Charles flew to Scotland after receiving condolences from both Houses of the British Parliament.

He told lawmakers he would follow his late mother’s example of “selfless duty”.

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LONDON — Britain is due to observe a national minute of silence on Sunday, on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The UK government said the “moment of reflection” will take place at 8:00 p.m. (19:00 GMT).

People are encouraged to mark silence at home or at community events.

The Queen’s funeral will take place next Monday at Westminster Abbey.

The British monarch of the past 70 years died in Scotland on Thursday at the age of 96.

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LONDON — King Charles and his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, have boarded a flight to Edinburgh where the new monarch will take part in a procession carrying his late mother’s coffin to St. Giles Cathedral.

The plane left RAF Northolt on the outskirts of London for the flight to Edinburgh Airport on Monday.

In the Scottish capital, Charles and Camilla were expected at Hollyroodhouse Palace where Queen Elizabeth’s coffin spent the night. He arrived there after a six-hour journey in a hearse from the Queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle summer retreat, where the 96-year-old sovereign died on Thursday.

The royal couple are due to attend a memorial service for the Queen, visit the Scottish Parliament and meet senior officials.

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LONDON — A 100-year-old Briton says she received a congratulatory telegram from Queen Elizabeth II the day after the monarch died.

Gwendolyn Hoare read the telegram in a recording shared with the BBC by her family and broadcast on Monday.

She said it made her ‘feel pretty tearful’ and added: ‘I’m an old fashioned royalist…’

Hoare’s niece, Sue Beckett, posted a message on a BBC online page that compiles tributes to the late Queen. She said the telegram arrived on Friday, a day before her aunt’s 100th birthday and a day after the 96-year-old Queen died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.

“For decades she talked about receiving a telegram from the Queen and was devastated to hear the news…but her telegram arrived (Friday) and she was delighted,” Beckett wrote.

The British monarch traditionally sends a telegram of congratulations to citizens who turn 100.

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LONDON — King Charles III has addressed lawmakers in Britain’s Parliament, telling them: “I can’t help but feel the weight of history all around us.”

Charles told members of the House of Commons and House of Lords that he would follow his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in upholding the “precious principles of constitutional governance” that underpin Britain’s political system.

He paid tribute to his mother, saying, “As Shakespeare said of Queen Elizabeth, she was a model for all living princes.”

Charles is to travel from Parliament to Edinburgh and accompany the Queen’s coffin to St. Giles Cathedral for a service of remembrance.

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LONDON — In a first official statement since the Queen’s death, her grandson Prince Harry hailed her as a “guiding compass” and praised her “unwavering grace and dignity”.

The personal statement, posted on Harry and his wife Meghan’s Archwell website on Monday, said he cherished their times together “from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as as Commander-in-Chief, until the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

Harry quit his role as a senior royal and moved to the United States two years ago. On Saturday, he and Meghan joined his brother Prince William and his wife Catherine to meet mourners outside Windsor Castle.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand has announced that it will mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a public holiday on September 26.

The nation will also hold a state memorial service in the capital, Wellington, on the same day. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Elizabeth was an extraordinary person and many people would appreciate the opportunity to mark her death and celebrate her life.

“As Queen of New Zealand and beloved sovereign for over 70 years, it is fitting that we mark her life of dedicated public service with a state memorial service and a unique public holiday,” Ardern said.

She also said she would be leaving for Britain this week to attend Elizabeth’s funeral.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has officially accepted an invitation to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The White House announced on Sunday that the president would be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden. The service will be held on September 19.

Earlier in the day, Biden recalled the late monarch’s words of comfort to the United States after the September 11 attacks.

“Grief is the price we pay for love,” Biden said, quoting part of the Queen’s message to America during his remarks on the 21st anniversary of the attacks.

Speaking at a memorial at the Pentagon, Biden said the queen’s words remain as poignant as they were 21 years ago, but the weight of the loss remains equally heavy.

“That day, the price is so good,” Biden said.

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DONCASTER, England — British horse racing has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as the late monarch’s favorite sport returned after a hiatus following her death.

Two minutes of silence took place in Doncaster on Sunday. Video was then played on big screens of the Queen at various races over the years, along with some of her greatest triumphs as a racehorse owner.

Horse racing was the great sporting fascination of the Queen, who became one of the biggest faces of sport in Britain and around the world and had more than 1,800 winners.

“No one has or will ever do so much for horse racing in so long as Her Majesty The Queen,” said narrator Brough Scott, a former jockey turned TV presenter, during the video. “The sport of the world will forever be indebted to him.”

It was followed by a long standing ovation from the jockeys and officials who lined up for the tribute ceremony.

This story was originally published September 12, 2022 2:46 a.m.

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