Queen’s final journey from her beloved Scotland

The Queen’s final journey from her beloved Scotland: Emotional Princess Anne is at her mother’s side as Her Majesty’s coffin returns home to Buckingham Palace

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The Queen is leaving her beloved Scotland for the last time as her coffin is flown from Edinburgh to London then carried by hearse to Buckingham Palace  – where she will be received by King Charles III, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The sound of pipes filled the streets as Her Majesty’s coffin – which was draped in the Royal Scottish Standard and decorated with a large wreath – was carried out of St Giles’ Cathedral by kilt-wearing pallbearers after 4.15pm into a hearse then driven up Edinburgh‘s Royal Mile.

A guard of honour by the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland and pipers followed the Cortege towards Edinburgh Castle and on to Edinburgh Airport airport.

A sea of thousands of mourners – including young schoolgirls wearing tartan and waving Union flags – packed into the capital’s tiny streets broke out into applause, while the Scottish flag, the Saltaire, flew at half-mask from the top of a building. The enormous crowd of men, women and children continued to clap for the monarch as the last company of soldiers followed the procession.

At Edinburgh Airport, the Queen will be received by the Royal Regiment of Scotland with a royal salute, before a bearer party from the Royal Air Force will then be on hand to carry the coffin onto the aircraft – an RAF Globemaster C-17 –  accompanied by her daughter the Princess Royal, who travelled with her late mother from Balmoral on Sunday.

The RAF plane is scheduled to depart from the runway in Edinburgh at 6pm, before touching down at RAF Northolt in west London at 6.55pm. 

The bearer party will then carry the Queen’s coffin from the aircraft to the waiting state hearse to begin the journey by road along the A40 towards Buckingham Palace, where tens of thousands of mourners are expected to gather to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty.

When she arrives at the palace, a further guard of honour will be formed by the King’s Guard as the coffin arrives at the Grand Entrance. 

The King will be joined by Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Princess Beatrice as he receives his mother’s coffin at Buckingham Palace, where she spent so many of her decades as sovereign before her death at the Balmoral estate on Thursday at the age of 96.

The bearer party carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to a hearse as they prepare to depart from St Giles Cathedral

The bearer party carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to a hearse as they prepare to depart from St Giles Cathedral

The Queen’s coffin being carried into the hearse by pallbearers outside St Giles’ Cathedral

The Princess Royal watches as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles' Cathedral

The Princess Royal watches as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen's coffin is taken in a hearse from St Giles' Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

The Queen’s coffin is taken in a hearse from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II makes its way up the Royal Mile

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II makes its way up the Royal Mile

Princess Anne, Princess Royal looks from the window of a car following the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Anne, Princess Royal looks from the window of a car following the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport from where it will be flown by the RAF on its journey from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport from where it will be flown by the RAF on its journey from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace

Pallbearers carry the Queen's coffin onto an RAF jet sitting on the runway at Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers carry the Queen’s coffin onto an RAF jet sitting on the runway at Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers lift the Queen's coffin out of the hearse and carry it across the runway at Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers lift the Queen’s coffin out of the hearse and carry it across the runway at Edinburgh Airport

The Queen's coffin being driven to Edinburgh Airport, where an RAF plane is sitting on the runway

The Queen’s coffin being driven to Edinburgh Airport, where an RAF plane is sitting on the runway 

An RAF Globemaster C-17 jet sitting on the runway at Edinburgh Airport

An RAF Globemaster C-17 jet sitting on the runway at Edinburgh Airport 

The Queen's coffin arriving at Edinburgh Airport after being driven from St Giles' Cathedral

The Queen’s coffin arriving at Edinburgh Airport after being driven from St Giles’ Cathedral

Dignitaries, including Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (second left) and Scottish Secretary Alister Jack (centre) prepare for the arrival of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport where it will be flown by plane on its journey to Buckingham Palace

Dignitaries, including Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (second left) and Scottish Secretary Alister Jack (centre) prepare for the arrival of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport where it will be flown by plane on its journey to Buckingham Palace

A Royal Air Force bearer party prepare for the arrival of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport

A Royal Air Force bearer party prepare for the arrival of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport

Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Laurence arrive at St Giles' Cathedral

Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Laurence arrive at St Giles’ Cathedral

Princess Anne watches as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles' Cathedral

Princess Anne watches as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence watch as pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles' Cathedral

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence watch as pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen's coffin is taken in a hearse from St Giles' Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

The Queen’s coffin is taken in a hearse from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, arrives at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, arrives at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

The Royal Company of Archers, The King's Bodyguard for Scotland, stand on guard outside St Giles' Cathedral

The Royal Company of Archers, The King’s Bodyguard for Scotland, stand on guard outside St Giles’ Cathedral

The Queen's coffin being carried by pallbearers outside St Giles' Cathedral today

The Queen’s coffin being carried by pallbearers outside St Giles’ Cathedral today

A member of honour guard marches at St Giles' Cathedral

A member of honour guard marches at St Giles’ Cathedral

Crowds wave ahead of the coffin carrying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Giles Church

Crowds wave ahead of the coffin carrying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Giles Church

King Charles III waves as he leaves St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, during his visit to Northern Ireland

King Charles III waves as he leaves St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, during his visit to Northern Ireland

Official details of the route for the lying-in-state queue will be published at 10pm tonight, but this is the predicted route

Official details of the route for the lying-in-state queue will be published at 10pm tonight, but this is the predicted route

Cheers for the King of Hearts: Beaming Charles III charms Northern Ireland (with the help of Camilla and a corgi) as he tells emotional crowds the Queen ‘never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and its people’ 

King Charles III enjoyed an emotional first trip to Northern Ireland as the new monarch after he and the Queen Consort inspected a remarkable show of flowers and were met with roars of approval as the people of Belfast greeted their new sovereign with open arms.

The royals trip began with deafening chants of ‘God Save the King’ as they exited their blacked-out BMW to meet adoring crowds on the latest leg of their royal tour of the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

From official dignitaries to GirlGuides and Scouts to local residents, Charles and Camilla charmed all in their path; warmly grabbing onto outstretched hands, accepting bouquets of flowers and speaking with those who had patiently waited hours to meet them.

A local corgi, famously his late mother’s favourite breed of dog, was even seen snuggling up to King Charles as he shook hands with well-wishers, before he received a 21-gun salute as they entered the grounds of Hillsborough Castle – the province’s official residence of the reigning monarch and members of the Royal Family.

The new sovereign today looked solemn as he vowed to follow the ‘shining example’ of his late mother as he and his wife were met with raucous applause and joyful cries after arriving in Northern Ireland.

In a powerful speech praising Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘long life of public service’, King Charles remarked on the ‘momentous and historic’ changes she witnessed in the province throughout her illustrious life, and said she had ‘never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and its people’.

Speaking to the assembled guests in the official royal household, the new monarch, addressing the province as King for the first time, pledged to uphold his late mother’s ‘steadfast faith’ and ‘seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland’.

Earlier in the day, King Charles and Queen Consort, both clad in black, shook the hands of official dignitaries before departing for the historic village of Hillsborough, where they greeted mourners outside the royal residence.

The jet carrying His Majesty touched down at the George Best Belfast City Airport shortly before midday for his 40th visit to the province – but his first as King, and his saddest.

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Around 26,000 people filed past the late monarch’s coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral in the 24 hours since it was carried 1,200 yards up the Royal Mile from the Palace of Holyroodhouse during a solemn military procession led by King Charles III and his grief-stricken siblings.

The Scottish Government said that the queue to view the late monarch – which wound down the Royal Mile, up George IV Bridge and past the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street – had closed at around 1pm and that further efforts were made to ensure all those already waiting would be able to pay their respects before the lying at rest in Edinburgh ended at 3pm.

The Queen is lying in rest in the Scottish capital until the late monarch is flown to London from Edinburgh Airport by the RAF at 6pm. She will stay at Buckingham Palace overnight, then will lie in state at the Palace of Westminster for four days before her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and burial at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday, September 19.

Mourners described being ‘overwhelmed with the power and emotion of the occasion’ with many wiping away tears as they briefly stood in prayer looking at the coffin. Most bowed or curtseyed when they arrived. Dozens came to queue after travelling from England. Some came from London, believing that it would be easier to see her in Scotland with 30-hour queues predicted in the English capital.

Corey Burgher joined the very back of the queue with his stepdaughter Giovanna Giambastiani at 2.30am. He said: ‘We wanted to say our goodbyes to the boss. I’m in the military, I work on the submarines. Was surprised how much the news hit me. I didn’t know her personally, but I met her when I was a kid. I got quite emotional about it, it was quite a shock.’ 

Dawn Legge, from Manchester said: ‘I needed to come. We needed to pay our respects and mourn our Queen before we want to celebrate our King’. Catherine Gray, from London, said with tears in her eyes that she had made the 800-mile round trip because she felt ‘weird’ without Her Majesty in her life. She said seeing the coffin was ‘surreal’ and ‘one of the most emotional moments of my life’.

And one man in the Edinburgh queue said this morning: ‘If she could do 70 years, I can do 12 hours’. 

Hundreds filed past the casket last night when King Charles III and his three siblings staged a silent 10-minute vigil at the four corners of Her Majesty’s oak coffin. 

Mitch Stevenson, who queued for just under five hours with his sister, made it into the cathedral at just after 1am. He said: ‘It was a very important occasion for us – we lost our mum earlier this year and she would have loved to have been able to go, so we went for her memory also’.

Luke McIlwain, 34, joined the queue with his partner Felicity Baines, 31, at just after 3am. He said: ‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We might never see another Queen’. He said it was very cold, adding: ‘We wanted to join the line overnight to avoid the crowds – unsuccessfully’.

Mourners raced to central Edinburgh early this morning to pay their respects.

Those wanting to see the Queen’s coffin must first obtain a coloured wristband in George Square before they join the queue.

At 7am numbers had dwindled overnight so members of the public were able to walk to the cathedral doors almost uninterrupted.

But by 9am a steady flow footfall had grown but mourners had to wait no more than an hour.

Among those queuing were Tom and Jane Baker from York. Tom, 42, a security guard, explained: ‘We really wanted to pay our respects and it’s not that much longer to drive to Edinburgh than it is to London so we drove up last night. We stayed in a little hotel outside the city but we’re here now and hopefully we’ll get to take part in the vigil shortly.

‘The Queen has always been there for me. I was a Cub Scout, a Scout and I served in the British Army. This is the least I can do to serve my Queen.’

Jane, 38, added: ‘The Queen was a wonderful woman. Christmas Day will not be the same without the Queen’s Speech.’

People traveled from across Scotland, the UK and the Commonwealth to offer prayers to the Queen as she lay at rest.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles' Cathedral

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles' Cathedral, for Edinburgh Airport

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral, for Edinburgh Airport

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence watch as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles' Cathedral

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence watch as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is taken to a hearse as it departs St Giles’ Cathedral 

Members of the public wait to see the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, leave from from St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

Members of the public wait to see the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, leave from from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels up the Royal Mile

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels up the Royal Mile

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II crossing The Dean Bridge

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II crossing The Dean Bridge

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on its way to Edinburgh Airport

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on its way to Edinburgh Airport

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II crossing The Dean Bridge

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II crossing The Dean Bridge

The Queen's coffin is carried in a hearse up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Airport as a sea of mourners watches

The Queen’s coffin is carried in a hearse up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Airport as a sea of mourners watches 

Thousands of mourners packed Edinburgh's small streets as the Queen leaves Scotland for the final time

Thousands of mourners packed Edinburgh’s small streets as the Queen leaves Scotland for the final time 

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is seen on the Royal Mile

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth is seen on the Royal Mile 

The Queen's cortege with the hearse carrying Her Majesty's coffin

The Queen’s cortege with the hearse carrying Her Majesty’s coffin

Members of the public gather to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leave from St Giles' Cathedral

Members of the public gather to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leave from St Giles’ Cathedral

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Giles' Cathedral

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaves St Giles’ Cathedral

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Elizabeth II from St Giles' Cathedral before it travels to Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral before it travels to Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

People take photos with their mobile phones as the Queen's hearse is driven to Edinburgh Airport

People take photos with their mobile phones as the Queen’s hearse is driven to Edinburgh Airport

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II departs St Giles' Cathedral

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II departs St Giles’ Cathedral

Fears up to 650,000 mourners waiting in 35-hour queue to see Queen’s coffin in London could be TURNED AWAY if the line gets too big with up to a million to set descend on capital to pay their respects 

The queue to view the Queen’s lying in state in London could be cut off if it gets too long, it emerged today amid warnings mourners could have to wait for up to 35 hours as the capital faces an extraordinary surge in visitors.

Royal fans are already sleeping on pavements before the line even opens, with Downing Street admitting some people could be turned away if the queue becomes too big. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said organisers on the ground will make a decision on any ‘cut-off point’ once they see the ‘scale of people who are attending’.

Officials expect Westminster Hall has capacity for nearly 350,000 people to view the Queen’s coffin despite the venue opening for 24 hours a day from 5pm tomorrow until 6.30am next Monday – the day of the state funeral.

But with between 750,000 and one million people expected to want to pay tribute, up to 650,000 could miss out – while others could struggle to even get to London given the strain set to be placed on transport networks.

Whitehall chiefs in charge of logistics for the historic five-night vigil have estimated mourner numbers could be close to the million people who turned up to view Pope John Paul II when he lay in state in Vatican City in 2005.

And with one million people estimated to want to view the funeral itself, which is comparable with the numbers for Princess Diana’s service in 1997, rail bosses are rapidly drawing up plans for 24-hour trains into the capital.

Rail capacity is set to be boosted by up to 50 per cent on some lines, Network Rail warned of ‘unprecedented travel demand’ and Transport for London said some stations could be shut if there are crowd control issues.

With some royal fans already camping on The Mall, industry body UKHospitality said hotels had seen a major spike in bookings since the Queen’s death last Thursday, with block bookings for accommodation for extra police and other personnel contributing to this.

Hotel prices are now up to four times higher for this Sunday – the night before the funeral – compared with a week later, and demand to stay in London over the next fortnight is now at its highest since the 2012 Olympics.

Some 10,000 police officers will be on duty daily this week – with Simon Morgan, a former Metropolitan Police personal protection officer for the Queen, saying that Met protection teams will be ‘stretched’.

Officials are preparing for 3,000 people an hour to file past the coffin, meaning around 328,000 in total over the 109 hours between tomorrow and Monday– with the line expected to stretch back an astonishing five miles.

Operation Feather – the exercise for managing the queues – is now underway with portable toilets and water stations being set up, while Whitehall insiders fear London could actually become ‘full’ for the first time.

Churches along the route will be asked to provide support to those waiting, with the Government’s Cobra emergency planning committee told that the estimate of queueing times is currently 17 to 35 hours.

The queue is likely to snake along the south bank of the Thames, past Tower Bridge, and as far as Southwark Park – a route 4.9 miles long. There will also be a ‘special access’ queue set up from Tate Britain for those with disabilities, and licensing rules could be varied so that restaurants and cafes can open through the night.

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Council workers Janet Mattheson and Danielle Gartland-Quinn got up early to did the monarch farewell before going to work this morning.

Janet, 55, from Edinburgh told MailOnline: ‘It felt very peaceful to be so close to the Queen and to see her for the last time.

‘There is a feeling of quiet serenity in the church. It was very moving to see her coffin with the crown.’

Danielle, 29, from Edinburgh, added: ‘It was very peaceful.’

Friends Jenny Baker and Cathie Paterson had traveled from the west coast of Scotland to pay their respects for the last time.

Jenny, 74, from Loch Lomond told MailOnline: ‘We are royalists and have always supported the monarchy.

‘So we decided to get up early this morning and vibe to pay our respects. She has been such a constant presence in our lives we wanted to say goodbye. She is being really well looked after and that was great to see.’

Cathie, 82, from the Isle of Lewis, said: ‘I have always followed the royal family and do I felt I had to come and pay my respects to the Queen. We are in Scotland but we will always fly the Union Jack.’

Amanda Rawlins and her family learned of the Queen’s death as the flew to London from Melbourne, Australia.

Amanda, 52, told MailOnline: ‘We were on the plane to London when we learned that the Queen had died. So we decided we wanted to come to Edinburgh to pay our respects to our monarch. We felt that this was a moment in history and we wanted to witness it first hand.

‘I was very impressed by the vigil – the sense of tradition, respect and love. It was so moving.’

Amanda was accompanied by her husband Shaun Kempton, 49 and children Ruby, 14, and Max, 12.

Sharon Baum, 53, and her partner Alison Evans, 50, were at the front of the queue yesterday, as members of the public paid personal tributes to the beloved monarch. 

The couple queued up for nearly 11 hours and told MailOnline of their extraordinary experience on an historic day at St Giles’ Cathedral. 

Mrs Baum, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire said: ‘It was really serene and peaceful and solemn. 

‘We feel so privileged to be allowed to see it and do what we did. 

‘We felt like we were involved in a little bit of history. 

‘You can’t prepare yourself for how you are going to feel when you go through the door. I knew I would be upset. 

‘As soon as you are there it brings it all home. We are really big Royalists. 

‘I shed a tear — several. I said a little prayer and bowed my head. We probably could have stayed a little bit longer. 

‘There was nobody rushing you but there were so many people waiting. 

‘It was one of the most memorable and sad experiences of my life. I will remember it until my dying day. It was so emotional.’

The couple set off from their home at 10pm on Saturday and drove through to travel to Ballater near Balmoral at 5am as the Queen made her final journey from the castle. 

Last night the couple were returning home but are hoping to be in London for the Queen’s funeral.

Eleanor Wardrop, 72, and her twin sister Jennifer Davis were among the first in the queue arriving at 8am yesterday. 

The former executive PA said: ‘It was a priceless moment. It really was very, very special. It was completely serene, just so dignified and quiet. It was just so beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

‘People were taking their time, walking slowly. Men were saluting to the Queen, bowing to the Queen and the women were curtseying. 

‘I did a little curtsy as I went past. I was so glad that I was able to honour her in that way.

‘It was very quiet. There were two ministers on duty saying prayers as we walked through. It was very dignified. 

‘There were the archers standing there with their heads bowed and there were police guards as well.’

Describing the experience Eleanor said: ‘We wanted to come to the vigil to pay a personal tribute. We grew up with the Queen. She has been a constant in our lives. She was our true north. 

‘She took an oath and she stood by it her whole life. As a young woman she promised to do her duty and she did that right to the end. 

‘She was a remarkable woman and nobody else will ever be like her. She has been a role model to us all.’

Peter Binder, 60, travelled down with wife Georgina from the north of Scotland arriving at 7am. 

Pallbearers from the Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF) carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, into a RAF C17 aircraft at Edinburgh airport

Pallbearers from the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF) carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland, into a RAF C17 aircraft at Edinburgh airport

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport from where it will be flown by the RAF on its journey from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport from where it will be flown by the RAF on its journey from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Edinburgh Airport

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Giles' Cathedral

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Giles’ Cathedral

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh

Members of the public queue outside St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburg

Members of the public queue outside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburg

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels up the Royal Mile after departing St Giles' Cathedral, for Edinburgh Airport, where it will be flown by the Royal Air Force to RAF Northolt, then travel onward to Buckingham Palace

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels up the Royal Mile after departing St Giles’ Cathedral, for Edinburgh Airport, where it will be flown by the Royal Air Force to RAF Northolt, then travel onward to Buckingham Palace

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Elizabeth II from St Giles' Cathedral before it travels to Edinburgh Airport

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Elizabeth II from St Giles’ Cathedral before it travels to Edinburgh Airport

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II crossing The Dean Bridge

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II crossing The Dean Bridge

A Royal Archer takes a moment as the Queen Elizabeth II's coffin leaves

A Royal Archer takes a moment as the Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin leaves

People queue to enter St Giles Cathedral, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Edinburgh

People queue to enter St Giles Cathedral, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Edinburgh

Members of the public queue to pay their respects as Queen Elizabeth II lies in state in St Giles' Cathedral

Members of the public queue to pay their respects as Queen Elizabeth II lies in state in St Giles’ Cathedral

People queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Edinburgh

People queue to enter St Giles’ Cathedral, following the death of Queen Elizabeth, in Edinburgh

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coffin lying at rest at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lying at rest at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

Mourners queue to pay their respects as Queen Elizabeth II lies in state in St Giles' Cathedral

Mourners queue to pay their respects as Queen Elizabeth II lies in state in St Giles’ Cathedral

Police officers on duty as people queue to view the Queen's coffin at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

Police officers on duty as people queue to view the Queen’s coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh

People queue to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

People queue to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

He said: ‘There were literally half a dozen people but that changed very quickly. It’s been a very long day but it has certainly been worthwhile.

‘There has been a very good spirit in the crowd. Everyone has got to know each other. We have been supporting each other and there has been a good camaraderie. I suppose we are proud British monarchists. It has been a very moving experience.’

It comes as King Charles III pledged to ‘seek the welfare’ of all Northern Ireland’s people and described how his family have felt their ‘sorrows’ as he praised his mother’s relationship with Northern Ireland.

Charles, who in 2015 made a pilgrimage to the site of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten’s murder in an IRA bombing, said the Queen had ‘never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and its people’.

Speaking at Hillsborough Castle in Co Down, the royal residence in Northern Ireland, the new monarch said the late Queen was aware of her position in bringing together divided communities ‘whom history had separated’.

Later, the King shook hands with the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins following a memorial service for the late Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

The King, responding at Hillsborough Castle to a message of condolence on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland from Stormont Assembly speaker Alex Maskey, said: ‘Through all those years, she never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and for its people, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family had felt, and for whom she had a great affection and regard.

‘My mother felt deeply, I know, the significance of the role she herself played in bringing together those whom history had separated, and in extending a hand to make possible the healing of long-held hurts.’

King Charles III and the Queen Consort depart Belfast City Airport at the end of their visit to Northern Ireland

King Charles III and the Queen Consort depart Belfast City Airport at the end of their visit to Northern Ireland

The King and Queen Consort about to leave Belfast City Airport

The King and Queen Consort about to leave Belfast City Airport  

The King shakes hands with dignitaries before he and the Queen Consort fly from Belfast back to London

The King shakes hands with dignitaries before he and the Queen Consort fly from Belfast back to London 

The plane that will transport King Charles III and the Queen Consort when they depart Belfast City Airport at the end of their visit to Northern Ireland

The plane that will transport King Charles III and the Queen Consort when they depart Belfast City Airport at the end of their visit to Northern Ireland

King Charles III waves to the public as he departs St Anne's Cathedral

King Charles III waves to the public as he departs St Anne’s Cathedral

King Charles III and the Queen Consort meet members of the public on a walkabout in Writer's Square

King Charles III and the Queen Consort meet members of the public on a walkabout in Writer’s Square

King Charles III meets Noah workman from Ballynafeigh Orange Lodge

King Charles III meets Noah workman from Ballynafeigh Orange Lodge

King Charles III and the Queen Consort meet members of the public on a walkabout in Writer's Square, Belfast

King Charles III and the Queen Consort meet members of the public on a walkabout in Writer’s Square, Belfast

Mourners in London queue to see the Queen as her coffin is driven to Buckingham Palace

Mourners in London queue to see the Queen as her coffin is driven to Buckingham Palace 

Well-wishers mingle as they queue to see the Queen's coffin

Well-wishers mingle as they queue to see the Queen’s coffin 

With his Queen Consort, Prime Minister Liz Truss and significant figures from Northern Ireland watching, the King said about the late Queen: ‘Now, with that shining example before me, and with God’s help, I take up my new duties resolved to seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland.’

A momentous step forward in Anglo-Irish relations came in 2012 when the Queen shook hands with Martin McGuinness, the then-deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and a former IRA commander.

The late monarch had lost a member of her family in the Troubles, her cousin Lord Mountbatten, who had a close relationship with Charles.

The 79-year-old Lord Mountbatten was murdered on August 27 1979, when a bomb blew apart a boat at Mullaghmore in Co Sligo, on one of the most violent days in the history of the Troubles that saw 18 British troops die in an IRA ambush.

The Queen’s historic state visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 – the first by a British monarch since the Republic’s independence – was another milestone.

She visited significant locations such as Dublin’s Croke Park – the site of the 1920 Bloody Sunday massacre where British forces fired into the crowd at a football match, killing 14 spectators and players – and surprised and delighted the nation by speaking a few words of Gaelic at the start of her state dinner speech.

The speaker of the Stormont Assembly described how the Queen had been part of efforts to build peace in Ireland.

Mr Maskey said she had not been ‘a distant observer’ in the transformation and progress of relationships among the people of the country.

He said the monarch had ‘demonstrated how individual acts of positive leadership can help break down barriers and encourage reconciliation’.

Mr Maskey added: ‘She showed that a small and insignificant gesture – a visit, a handshake, crossing the street or speaking a few words of Irish – can make a huge difference in changing attitudes and building relationships.’

The Queen’s recognition of both British and Irish traditions, as well as the wider diversity of the community, was ‘exceptionally significant’, he said.

Mr Maskey added: ‘In all of this she personally underlined that one tradition is not diminished by reaching out to show respect to another.’

 

The controversial rulers heading to London to mourn the Queen: Brazil’s far-right populist leader Bolsonaro and Turkey’s Erdogan WILL go to funeral but Putin’s not invited…amid questions over if MBS, Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed or China’s Xi will attend

World leaders including Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern will be joined at the Queen’s funeral by Europe’s royals, Japan’s emperor and a cast of controversial statesmen including Jair Bolsonaro and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The presence of Brazil’s right-wing populist President and Turkey’s authoritarian leader in London could spark protests that would widen if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are also invited to Britain.

As the world mourns Her Majesty’s death at the age of 96, the globe’s most powerful men and women are scrambling for seats on Monday amid limits on who can join the congregation of 2,000 VIPs.

500 world leaders, foreign dignitaries and heads of state including Mr Biden, Mr Macron and Emperor Naruhito will be at the historic service honouring Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – the first full State Funeral that Britain has hosted since Winston Churchill died in 1965. 

But Vladimir Putin has been snubbed along with his ally, Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko. Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar will also not be asked with no official stance yet on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – although they are highly unlikely to make the guest list because they rarely go abroad.

Iran’s Ayatollah and President won’t be asked to be in London – but an ambassador from the rogue state will be invited.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on who is on the guest list and when it will be finalised. 

It is not thought the trip will be made by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, who took time out from organising his country’s fightback against Putin’s forces to sign a book of condolence for the Queen. 

China’s President Xi and India’s Narendra Modi are yet to confirm. Xi is considered unlikely to accept given he has not left the country for more than three years.

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar won’t get an invite to the Queen's funeral but a number of controversial figures including Erdogan and Bolsonaro are coming to London and other world leaders are yet to confirm including President Xi

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar won’t get an invite to the Queen’s funeral but a number of controversial figures including Erdogan and Bolsonaro are coming to London and other world leaders are yet to confirm including President Xi

The octogenarian King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will have received an invite but would be highly unlikely to attend due to his age and health.  

His son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the nation’s de facto leader who mixed with world leaders at the G20, could head to Britain in his place – a decision that would likely spark protests.

MBS is accused of ordering the murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. He vehemently denies the claims and said recently that that the journalist would not be among his top 1,000 targets to kill, ‘if that was how we did things’.

Major world leaders from the G7 will NOT have to take a bus to Queen’s funeral

Major world leaders will not be forced to take a bus to the Queen‘s funeral on Monday, it has been revealed.

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Emperor Naruhito are among those expected to be granted exemptions from the coach ride for ‘security reasons’.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian president Sergio Matarella, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Isaac Herzog may also be exempted.

It comes after a leaked document suggested all foreign leaders would be forced to take coaches from a secret location in west London to Westminster Abbey due to ‘tight security and road restrictions.’

But a government source has since clarified the situation to The Times, saying it clearly would not be appropriate to ask G7 leaders to ‘take a bus’.

Dignitaries are being asked to be as flexible as possible, the source added.

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But US intelligence agencies concluded in a declassified intelligence report that the Saudi crown prince had approved the 2018 murder.

Her Majesty’s close friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, is yet to confirm if he will attend.

Before her death, Her Majesty was under pressure to ditch him after the High Court found he was responsible for illegal UK phone hacking.

A senior judge concluded that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the horse race-loving friend of the Royal Family and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, committed a ‘total abuse of trust and indeed an abuse of power’.

He previously orchestrated the armed kidnap of his runaway daughter Princess Shamsa from Cambridgeshire in 2000, persuading Tony Blair’s government to hush it up, the High Court heard. He also allegedly abducted her sister Princess Latifa when she too tried to flee.

But with the limit on numbers, it could be he is not asked because he is not technically a head of state – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is leader of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed is his deputy.

Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted an invitation to attend the funeral, the country’s foreign ministry said, as has Turkey’s controversial president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Heads of state and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey. Leading figures in Britain’s public life are set to attend her funeral next week, including Liz Truss and all her living predecessors. 

But with so many people wanting to go, invites are limited to one per VIP plus their spouse if they have one, but there is an ongoing row after the Government urged them to fly commercially and pool jets to get to the UK. There is also upset that many will be asked to jump on shuttle buses to the abbey rather than use state limousines or carriages. 

All of Europe’s kings and queens, as well as minor royals from the continent related to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, will be there, including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos will pause his self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.  Outside of Europe, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will travel to London alongside Empress Masako and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. 

The leaders of most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, including New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern – whose journey across the world will take almost 24 hours – and her Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese.

Australia and New Zealand are also offering to share flights to allow Pacific leaders to travel together to London with Mr Albanese bring 10 ‘ordinary Aussies’ with him on the plane to the UK.

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen's funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden in Britain's first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill's death

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen’s funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden in Britain’s first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill’s death

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to the funeral. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been invited, but is not likely to leave China for the first time in two years

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to the funeral. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been invited, but is not likely to leave China for the first time in two years

Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko is not invited.
But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will fly to London
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is expected to fly to London

Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko is not invited. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will fly to London

Pictured: The Queen attends an unveiling of a design For the Shiekh Zayed National Museum accompanied By Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a state visit to Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed was slammed by a High Court ruling recently
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 Leaders' Summit for Saudi Arabia and could be asked to the funeral

Pictured: The Queen attends an unveiling of a design For the Shiekh Zayed National Museum accompanied By Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a state visit to Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed was slammed by a High Court ruling recently. Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 Leaders’ Summit for Saudi Arabia and could be asked to the funeral

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be in London

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be in London

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be in London

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain recently paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement. They have also confirmed their attendance to the Queen’s funeral

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend 

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen's funeral next week
Australian PM, Anthony Albanese, pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon, will come to Britain from Down Under

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen’s funeral next week. Australian PM, Anthony Albanese, pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon, will come to Britain from Down Under. Australia and New Zealand are also offering to share flights to allow Pacific leaders to travel together to London.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, following the queen's death, departs St Giles' Cathedral, in Edinburgh as she is flown to London

The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, following the queen’s death, departs St Giles’ Cathedral, in Edinburgh as she is flown to London

World leaders including Biden and Macron heading to London – but Putin and Xi likely to miss final farewell 

Not invited

Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko

Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei/President Ebrahim Raisi – but the ambassador to the UK will be asked

Not confirmed

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

China’s Xi Jinping

Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud or his son, de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Confirmed

Joe Biden and Jill Biden, President and first lady of the United States

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

President Isaac Herzog of Israel

Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Anthony Albanese, Australian Prime Minister

Gitanas Nauseda, President of Lithuania

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan President

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany

Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korean President

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Egils Levits, President of Latvia

Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago

Mohammad Shtayyeh, Palestinian Prime Minister

Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland

Katalin Novak, Hungarian President

Michael D Higgins, Irish President and Micheál Martin, Irish Prime Minister

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Royals to attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey

Confirmed 

King Charles III

Anne, the Princess Royal, 

Prince Andrew 

Prince Edward

Camilla, the Queen Consort

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex,

Prince William 

Prince Harry

Peter Phillips

Zara and Mike Tindall

Princesses Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank 

Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos

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Joe Biden was the first to confirm his attendance yesterday – and the majority of world leaders from the King’s realms and the Commonwealth will be there. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is certain not to be there. Invites to the Queen’s funeral have not been sent to Moscow, Belarus and Myanmar, while Iran will only be represented at an ambassadorial level, Whitehall sources said.

Invitations to other leaders, including former heads of state, will be at the discretion of Buckingham Palace. This means that the Obamas and Donald Trump may miss out.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in central London at 11am on Monday. Senior members of the family are expected to follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession. The service will be televised in the UK and around the globe.

It came as the Government, which is in charge of travel arrangements for the funeral, was forced to clarify its security arrangements for visiting world leaders.

Leaked documents suggested world leaders would be asked to travel to the funeral by bus for security reasons. The President usually travels in a limo nicknamed ‘the Beast’, which is bulletproof, bomb-proof and resistant to chemical attacks.

Yesterday Number 10 said that its directions were guidance, adding: ‘The arrangements for leaders and how they travel will vary depending on individual circumstances. Arrangements for different leaders will vary depending on things like security risks.’

The Foreign Office also encouraged leaders to use commercial flights, warning that Heathrow is ‘not available for private flight arrangements or aircraft parking’.

Those that insist on travelling by private jet should head for ‘less busy airports’ around London, it said. Helicopters have also been banned ‘due to the number of flights operating at this time’. 

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised committal service.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annexe to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret. Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

But there is a backlash over foreign leaders being ordered to travel to the ceremony by bus.

Invitations will be issued to heads of state and their wives – but invitations to other leaders, including former heads of state, will be at the discretion of Buckingham Palace.

Yesterday Number 10 said that the Government is taking the lead on travel arrangements, while the guest list is a matter for Buckingham Palace.

When asked if there was space for former heads of state such as Mr Trump, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said ‘space will be limited’.

The funeral is being held in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday, which has also been designated a bank holiday.

Leaders who have already confirmed their attendance include the prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the heads of state of Japan and South Korea.

US President Joe Biden said he will attend with his wife Jill, catching his White House staff off-guard as his predecessors declined to attend the last two state funerals in the UK – Winston Churchill’s in 1965 and George VI’s in 1952.

His attendance is expected to create an awkward decision for the Palace, who may wish to invite Mr Trump’s predecessors Michelle and Barack Obama.

Mrs Obama and the Queen developed a strong bond, despite the former president’s wife breaking royal protocol by placing her arm on the monarch’s back during their first meeting in 2009.

In a touching tribute to the Queen, the Obamas said her reign was ‘defined by grace, elegance, and a tireless work ethic’, adding she meant ‘a great deal’ to them, and remembered how she ‘welcomed them to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity’.

Former Tory leader Lord Hague said ‘of course’ there will be diplomacy at the Queen’s funeral.

But he said world leaders are coming to pay their respects to an ‘extraordinary head of state’ – and that is what ‘90% of it will be about’.

Asked if there will be politics at the funeral, he told Times Radio: ‘Of course there is some diplomacy – you can’t have that number of people together from around the world without them starting to say, ‘well, what do you think is happening in Ukraine?’ – of course there is going to be some of that.

‘Nevertheless, they’re coming because they want to pay their respects to this extraordinary head of state. And that is what 90% of it will be about.’

Yesterday Irish premier Micheal Martin confirmed he will travel to attend the Queen’s funeral, as well as a memorial service for the Queen in Belfast today.

European royal families are expected to be present, including King Felipe of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia.

Emperor Naruhito, the Oxford-educated leader of Japan, is expected to make the trip to the UK despite not usually attending funerals.

President Yoon of South Korea, President Steinmeier of Germany, President Bolsonaro, the right-wing leader of Brazil, and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, have also confirmed their attendance.

Other likely attendees will include President Macron of France and President Erdogan of Turkey.

Number 10 said there will be no bi-lateral meetings granted to visiting dignitaries, but King Charles III will host a reception for overseas leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening.

After the state funeral service the following day, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will host a reception for political leaders in Dean’s Yard, in the grounds of the abbey.

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes last night. They will lead the mourning at the state funeral

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes last night. They will lead the mourning at the state funeral

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, guest the Duke of Buccleuch and Camilla, Queen Consort, will support their spouses

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, guest the Duke of Buccleuch and Camilla, Queen Consort, will support their spouses

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on Saturday

Peter Phillips
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Peter Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall (right) are expected to be attending the service

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank
Princess Beatrice and her husband  Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (left) and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) will all be at the funeral

James Viscount Severn, the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex
Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

James Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise Windsor (right), the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children, will both be going

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

European royals have confirmed their attendance at the Queen‘s funeral on Monday.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will be among the 2,000 mourners expected at Westminster Abbey.  

Representatives from the Swedish, Danish and Monegasque royal families are also expected, according to royal blogger Gert’s Royals. 

Unlike the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021 – which was restricted to just 30 people – it is likely Westminster Abbey’s 2,000 capacity will be filled to capacity in honour Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The funeral congregation will be headed by the new King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, while William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, will follow closely.

The Queen’s other three children, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, and Princess Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will also be among the chief mourners.

The King's mother, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has also confirmed that she will be in attendance at Westminster Abbey next Monday

The King’s mother, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has also confirmed that she will be in attendance at Westminster Abbey next Monday

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will also join the congregation at Westminster Abbey next week

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will also join the congregation at Westminster Abbey next week 

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe's longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee - will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

 Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe’s longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee – will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen's funeral

 King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen’s funeral

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

 Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

It is expected all eight of the Queen’s grandchildren will be present, including Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her spouse Jack Brooksbank, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Queen’s nephew Lord Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto are also anticipated to be there.

Other monarchs likely to be in attendance at the Queen’s funeral include King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Other possible guests are the former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece – who was deposed in 1973.

The confirmation of foreign royals at the Queen’s funeral comes shortly after they paid tribute to the monarch online. 

Following her death King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement.

The Spanish Royal Family echoed sentiments from the Dutch and Swedish royals in praising the Queen’s sense of duty to her country throughout her historic 70-year reign.Posting a letter to King Charles III on the Casa Real Twitter account, King Felipe said he would ‘dearly’ miss his Aunt Lilibet, a figure he held close.

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