The Queen is on her last journey back to Buckingham Palace from Edinburgh.

The Queen went back to Buckingham Palace, where she will spend her last night.

Her Majesty’s coffin has lain in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh for the past 24 hours and 26,000 people have marched past her body to pay their respects.

It is now being flown to Edinburgh Airport, from where it will be flown to RAF Northolt outside London, escorted by Anne, the Princess Royal, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence, aboard a RAF Globemaster C-17.

King Charles will be waiting to meet the royal hearse as soon as he returns to Buckingham Palace. He will be joined by Queen Consort Camilla, as well as Prince William and his wife, the new Princess of Wales.

Thousands of people filled the streets of Edinburgh as Her Majesty’s coffin, wrapped in the Royal Standard, left St Giles’ Cathedral.

Solemn mourners applauded as the pallbearers placed the coffin in the royal hearse before the cortege slowly drove out of the city.

The roads on the way to the airport were jammed with well-wishers hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin.

More crowds of people will be waiting for Her Majesty when she later enters London.

The Queen’s coffin will be placed in Buckingham Palace’s Battle Room overnight before moving to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon (UK time).

Members of the public will then be allowed to visit the Queen’s coffin, as it has been in its condition for more than four days.

More than a million people are expected to walk past the body of the late monarch, and visitors are allowed 24 hours a day.

As part of what could be the largest security operation in Britain’s history, police will check bags and force people to move while they queue up to 35 hours to look at the late monarch’s coffin.

Charles’ historic visit

King Charles spent Tuesday in Northern Ireland, flying in from Edinburgh in the morning (UK time).

The new sovereign met well-wishers, including a corgi named Connie, near Hillsborough Castle, home of the royal family in Northern Ireland.

He met with leaders across politically divided Northern Ireland before delivering a poignant speech about following his late mother’s “brilliant example”.

“On behalf of my entire family, I can only express my most sincere thanks for your condolences,” he told those gathered at the castle.

“Today I am here in a time of great personal tribulation as we commemorate the death of my beloved mother after a life most dedicated to the duty to which she was called.

“It is appropriate that we should meet at Hillsborough, which my mother knew so well and in whose beautiful rose garden she always took such pleasure.

“In the years since she began her long life in public service, my mother has seen Northern Ireland undergo important and historic changes.

“All these years she did not stop praying for better times for this place and for its inhabitants, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family experienced and for whom she had great affection and respect.

“My mother felt deeply, I know, the significance of the role she herself played in uniting those whom history had separated and in reaching out her hand to make possible the healing of old wounds.

“At the very beginning of her service, the Queen made a promise to dedicate herself to her country and her people and uphold the principles of constitutional government.

“She kept that promise with unshakable faith. Now, with this brilliant example before me, and with the help of God, I enter upon my new duties with a determination to promote the well-being of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland.

“During my mother’s reign, it was a privilege to witness such a devoted life. May it be granted to all of us to fulfill the tasks before us so well.”

He also attended a reflection service at St Anne’s Cathedral and met with royal fans in central Belfast before flying back to London.

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