Crowds line streets as Queen’s coffin makes final Scottish journey

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin has left on a flight from Edinburgh Airport after making its final journey in Scotland.

Crowds lined the streets of Edinburgh to pay their respects as a cortege took the coffin to the airport.

It was placed on board a plane in front of a guard of honour from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, ahead of a flight to London.

There was applause earlier as the coffin left St Giles’ Cathedral, where it had been lying at rest since Monday.

Mourners queued for hours for the opportunity to file past the Queen’s coffin, with thousands waiting through the night.

The Scottish government said about 33,000 people had paid their respects.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those to attend a final prayer service at St Giles’ Cathedral, alongside Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone and Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack.

An honour guard and royal archers lined the street before the Queen’s coffin was brought outside.

It left St Giles’ Cathedral on a hearse shortly before…

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