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Almost half of Britons have cried over the Queen's death


Thousands of people are waiting to file past the Queen's coffin/courtesy Getty images

Members of the public are now viewing the Queen's coffin at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh before it is taken to London.


There are a lot of tears from those walking past the late monarch's coffin, which is draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland. About 20,000 people are waiting in a mile-long queue to file past the Queen's coffin in Edinburgh, according to police estimates.

King Charles, along with Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward, have held a vigil by its side.


This morning, King Charles III made his first address as monarch to MPs and peers in Parliament and promised "selfless duty". It followed condolences from speakers of the House of Commons and Lords.


A national minute's silence will be held on Sunday at 8pm - the night before the Queen's funeral in Westminster Abbey.

A bank holiday across the UK was approved by King Charles III for the day of his mother's funeral.

Stores including John Lewis, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl have said they will be shut in the UK on Monday 19 September, as a sign of respect to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral.

Homebase, WH Smith, B&Q, Primark, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Argos, Ikea and Blue Diamond Garden Centres will also close on the day.




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