'Queues past midnight!' Huge crowds arrive as Queen's vigil opens at St Giles' Cathedral

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A vigil for the public to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II opened at around 5.30pm yesterday and will remain open overnight. It will close today at 3pm before Princess Anne will accompany the coffin from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt in London.

The Scottish Government last night issued an update warning the public about the queues seen outside St Giles’ Cathedral.

In a social media update at around 8.30pm, the Scottish Government said: “Be aware that there are very long waits for the vigil for Her Majesty the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral.

“Waiting times for the vigil queue stretch past midnight.

“Come prepared and dressed for the weather as long queues are expected.

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Thousands of mourners lined the 175-mile route between the Aberdeenshire estate and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Many more waited in the Scottish capital on Monday as the coffin moved in procession to St Giles’ Cathedral along the Royal Mile.

The Queen will also lie in state in Westminster Hall from Wednesday until the morning of the monarch’s funeral next Monday.

During the lying in state period, the hall will be open for 24 hours a day for members of the public to file past the coffin and pay their respects.

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