Residents and tourists described a mixture of sadness and anticipation as they lined the streets of Edinburgh ahead of the procession following Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday.
“Very emotional. She is our Queen, and she is always been around and she is the royal family’s mom as well, so we are all here to support everybody and support, pay our respects,” ‘said one visitor. “We come from Scotland, so we are very pleased to see that she is going to be in Edinburgh today.”
The coffin arrived at Holyroodhouse, the monarch’s official residence in Scotland, on Sunday following the Queen’s death last Thursday at Balmoral, at the age of 96.
“Very, very happy to be here for this, it’s gonna be a deeply moving experience to be here when it’s passing,” said on American visitor.
The coffin will rest in the cathedral for 24 hours, before continuing on its eight-day journey to London. The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on September 19.