First images as Edinburgh cathedral readies for Queen Elizabeth II coffin to lie in state

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Preparations are underway at St Giles Cathedral to receive the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, where she will lie in state for 24 hours, on Friday (September 9) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Following the tragic death of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, the Queen’s body is expected to be transported from her Balmoral estate to Edinburgh. 

She will then lie in state at St Giles’ Cathedral, which means during this time members of the public will be able to visit and pay their respects. 

The historic cathedral is situated on the city’s Royal Mile, halfway between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Reverand Calum MacLeod, minister of the cathedral, paid tribute to the Queen, calling her a “strong and faithful servant”.


He said: “With the whole nation, we at St. Giles’ Cathedral mourn the death of HM The Queen, strong and faithful servant to the UK and Commonwealth for so many years.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family.”

In the coming days, members of the Royal Family are expected to hold a poignant vigil around the Queen’s coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral. 

There will also be a service held, while Her Majesty’s children are also expected to hold a vigil – known as the Vigil of the Princes. 


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