Website crashes as 5 million tune in to Queen's final journey in most tracked flight ever

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrived at Buckingham Palace last night just days after the 96-year-old monarch passed away at Balmoral in Scotland. The journey came after Her Majesty lay at rest in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh as members of the public paid their respects to the late Queen.

However, the journey to RAF Northolt made history after just under five million people tuned in to the final flight on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, the flight tracking website Flightradar24 said a total of 4.79 million people watched the journey live online with an additional quarter of million people watched on the platform’s YouTube channel.

The company claimed six million people tried to follow the flight within the first minute of the Boeing C17A Globemaster turning on its transponder at Edinburgh’s airport, affecting the stability of the platform.

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Flightradar24 Director of Communications said in an email: “Seventy years after her first flight as Queen aboard the BOAC Argonaut ‘Atalanta,’ Queen Elizabeth II’s final flight is the most tracked flight in Flightradar24 history.”

The number of people that tuned in was more than twice the previous record, which had been set when US House Speaker Nancy Nancy Pelosi flew to Taiwan in August.

Princess Anne, who accompanied the Queen’s coffin on its final flight alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, penned a moving tribute to her late mother.

She said: “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life.

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The Princess Royal added: “I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of the monarch.

“To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”

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