Ring of steel for Queen: Sniper rifles line rooftops and police swarm streets of Edinburgh

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The Queen’s coffin procession and the period of lying in state have been closely guarded by snipers spotted throughout Edinburgh. Thousands of royal mourners queued overnight to get a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin as it travelled down the Royal Mile.

The Queen’s coffin arrived in a hearse that travelled for six hours from the royal estate at Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, to the city on Sunday.

The coffin arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, then was transported to St Giles’ Cathedral.

The procession, led by King Charles III, saw the Queen’s four children accompany the coffin down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Minute guns were fired from Edinburgh Castle as the King, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex walked alongside the hearse.

A Service of Thanksgiving was held at the Cathedral in honour of the late monarch.

Queen Elizabeth’s children then held a vigil around the coffin for ten minutes, while Camilla, Queen Consort, and the Countess of Wessex watched on.

The traditional Vigil of the Princes saw the four senior royals positioned at each side of the coffin in silent reflection.

It was the first time a female Royal Family member had participated in the ritual.

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The Queen’s coffin will travel from Edinburgh to London later on Tuesday, after it has completed its 24 hours of lying in state.

The cortege will leave St Giles’s at 5pm, heading for Edinburgh Airport.

The Princess Royal will be the only one of the Queen’s children to accompany the coffin on its flight.

It is expected to arrive at RAF Northolt in West London at 6.55pm.

Princess Anne will be joined by The Very Revd Professor David Fergusson, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland.

Once the coffin touches down in the capital, the RAF honour guard will carry out a royal salute.

It will then be taken to Buckingham Palace, to be placed in the Bow Room.

On Wednesday, the coffin will travel to Westminster Hall, beginning the lying in state period.

Members of the public will be allowed to see the coffin during this time, with the building open around the clock ahead of the funeral on Monday, September 19.

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