The Daily Telegraph

Timetable of events How today will unfold


After 1pm The King and Queen Consort will be formally welcomed to Scotland by the Lord Provost at the Palace of Holyroodho­use in which the King will symbolical­ly receive the keys to the City of Edinburgh in the Ceremony of the Keys. 2.35pm Queen Elizabeth’s coffin will be taken from the Palace of Holyroodho­use in Edinburgh, down the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral. The coffin will be moved in a hearse, flanked by the bearer party of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and a detachment of the Royal Company of Archers. The King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex will follow on foot, while the Queen Consort and other members of the Royal family will be in cars. 2.55pm The coffin will arrive at the cathedral where the Crown of Scotland will be placed upon it by the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, keeper of the Palace of Holyroodho­use. A service will then be conducted by the Rev Calum Macleod, which will be televised. Following the 40-minute service, the Queen’s body will lie at rest in the cathedral for 24 hours. A continuous vigil will be mounted by the Royal Company of Archers. Later in the afternoon, the King will return to Holyroodho­use to receive Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, and will attend the Scottish Parliament to receive a motion of condolence. 5pm St Giles’ will be opened to members of the public. They can then file past the coffin to pay their respects. 7.20pm The King and his siblings will mount their own vigil at the cathedral.

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