King Charles III was joined by his siblings – Princes Andrew and Edward and Princess Anne – as they briefly watched around of Queen Elizabeth II coffin on Monday evening. The Royal Family have stood guard over the coffin at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, where it will rest until Tuesday evening.
Hundreds of mourners lined up outside the cathedral to pay their respects on Monday night. The cathedral will remain open to the public overnight, under guidelines issued by the Scottish Government.
Earlier on Monday, a short service of thanksgiving was held at the cathedral after a procession from the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The 73-year-old monarch and his siblings walked behind the hearse, while Camilla, queen consorttraveled in a car behind.
Charles wore a full day dress uniform with the rank of field marshal and carried the baton of field marshal given to him by his mother when he received the rank in 2012.
The motorcade passed through crowds of onlookers standing in near silence through the streets of Edinburgh.
Elizabeth’s coffin was draped in the Royal Standard in Scotland and was dressed in a wreath, which included dried white heather from Balmoral.
The hearse was flanked by a group of bearers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland as well as a detachment of the King’s Bodyguard in Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.
After being processed along the Royal Mile, the coffin received an honor guard from the Royal Company of Archers at the Cathedral.
The royal family then attended a short service of prayer and reflection, joined by a congregation made up “from all walks of Scottish society”, according to Buckingham Palace. British Prime Minister Liz Truss, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also attended.
After the service, the King had an audience with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, in addition to a meeting with the Speaker of the Scottish Parliament. He also traveled to the Scottish Parliament to receive a motion of condolence.
“I know the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland share with me deep sorrow at the death of my beloved mother,” Charles said in a speech to Parliament. “My mother shared with me the greatest admiration for the people of Scotland for their magnificent achievements and indomitable spirit.”
Sturgeon said Elizabeth had been “the anchor of our nation” during a speech in parliament.
“Your Majesty, we stand ready to support you, as you continue your own life of service – and build on the extraordinary legacy of your beloved mother, our Queen,” Sturgeon told Charles.
Earlier, the King pledged to continue the Queen’s “dedicated service” to the British people during his maiden speech to the British Parliament in London.
The Queen Consort accompanied Charles on his first visit to the Palace of Westminster since becoming king. In the old Westminster Hall, both Houses of Parliament offered their condolences on the death of his mother.
“We gather today in remembrance of the Queen’s remarkable lifetime of dedicated service to her nations and people,” the King said. “At a very young age, Her late Majesty was committed to serving her country and her people.
“That vow she kept with unparalleled devotion. She set an example of selfless duty which, with God’s help and your guidance, I am resolved to follow faithfully,” Charles continued.
As he concluded his brief speech, a rendition of “God Save the King”, Britain’s national anthem, was played.
After the visit, the monarch and his wife flew to Edinburgh, where the Queen had been slept at rest since sunday. The couple headed straight for the Palace of Holyroodhouse for the Keys Ceremony – a tradition in which the Lord Provost presents the monarch with the keys to the city.
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