On Monday, thousands of Scottish people lined the streets of Edinburgh to pay their respects to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. The ever-growing crowd was mainly silent as the coffin made its way up the Royal Mile with the odd shout of ‘God save the King’ as the Queen’s children walked behind the hearse, led by the new King Charles III.
A service of remembrance was held at St Giles’ Cathedral where the Queen will lie in state until Tuesday afternoon.
It is estimated that approximately 20,000 people are waiting in a mile-long queue to file past the coffin to pay their respects to the late Monarch.
Speaking to GB News host Dan Wooton, historian and television presenter Neil Oliver addressed the rumours that the Queen was the “glue” holding the United Kingdom together amid calls for an independent Scotland.
However, for Mr Oliver, the historic reaction of the crowds in Edinburgh and across the UK proved that there is something higher than politics at work here and for him that is history and a “common bond” shared by the people of the UK.
He said: “My own reaction is that I think there is 300 years of shared history that come together as the glue.
“I think what we’re seeing in Scotland, it’s not politics.
“It’s people reacting in a human way without any prompting to the loss of someone. Some people feel and felt a connection and whose death they want to mark, and I think that in and of itself is unifying.”
Mr Oliver noted how the reaction of the public in Scotland has been powerful and a strong response which has been “spontaneous” and entirely leading to how the rest of the nation will continue to pay their respects as the Queen travels to London.
He noted: “It underlines what I’ve always felt that the majority of people all over the country are responding to what has happened in that spirit of something shared.
“The response that you see in Scotland has not been planned, it’s not choreographed or forced in any way. It’s an instinctive reaction.”
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“The sequence of events simply underlines the fact that Scotland and the realm of the United Kingdom and the Royal Family, they are woven together in a very complicated gordian knot that reaches back hundreds and the better part of a thousand years and its powerful, potent stuff.”
He added: “No matter what any political party or what some here today gone tomorrow political movement might want to make of it, the deep ties of history matter.
“It will matter deeply and profoundly to a lot of people north of the border that Her Majesty’s last journey was here. It began in Scotland.”