TThousands of Scots came to Edinburgh on Monday to say goodbye to the late British Queen in the capital Elizabeth II gain weight. Several hours in advance, they secured seats on the Royal Mile through the old town to watch the procession with the coffin pass by in the afternoon. While there was still heavy rain in Edinburgh on Sunday evening, the sun was shining on Monday morning.
John Burleigh (69) had traveled from near Glasgow in a tartan kilt, together with his wife Heather. He described himself as a staunch Scotsman, but also a supporter of the monarchy and the United Kingdom. "In Germany you also have Bavaria," he told the German Press Agency. “And East and West have come together – “wonderful.” He hopes that such a community spirit will continue to prevail on the island.
"She was such a lady, so dignified," enthused Eirlys from Glasgow, settled in a folding chair. Her companions Amy, Rebecca and Fiona were snuggled up in thick blankets. Meanwhile, Denis Melvin, decked out in a black tie and Union Jack shoes, along with his two dogs, perched on the ground just in front of the barrier to have a clear view of the afternoon's procession. The Queen was "fantastic," he said. King Charles will certainly do a good job too. He then wanted to travel on to London to attend the state funeral there in a week's time.
The procession with the Queen's coffin planned for the afternoon leads from the royal residence Palace of Holyroodhouse to St. Giles Cathedral. Charles wants to walk the short distance with the coffin. He and other members of the royal family then attend a service at the cathedral. The Scots then have 24 hours to say goodbye to the Queen in the church.