Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace in London

London — the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has returned to Buckingham Palace, the Associated Press reported. Earlier Tuesday, the late monarch left Scotland for the last time.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at the Royal Hearse at Buckingham Palace in London on September 13, 2022, where it will rest in the Palace’s Bow Room overnight.

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A military C-17 Globemaster carrying the queen’s remains landed Tuesday night at RAF Northolt, an air force base in west London, about an hour after departing from Edinburgh, Scotland, the Associated Press reported. The state hearse carrying the coffin made its way through the rainy streets of London, where crowds of mourners lined up to pay their respects.

Earlier in the day, crowds filled the Scottish capital to pay your respects to the queen in person.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is taken from a plane by the Queen’s Color Squadron at RAF Northolt in London, to be taken to Buckingham Palace, Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

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Hundreds of thousands are expected to wait hours for a chance to see the queen’s coffin later this week as it lies in Westminster Hall.

The former coffin was taken from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, after it was carried in a solemn procession through the Scottish capital before silent crowds.

At the airport, as the Royal Regiment of Scotland, in ceremonial kilts, looked on, a group of Royal Air Force bearers slowly carried the coffin on board.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is taken to the RAF plane at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland, on Tuesday 13 September 2022, for the final journey from Scotland on a Royal Air Force plane to London.

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the renewed national anthem played as the plane taxied to the runway and the queen, who died at her beloved Balmoral home in the Highlands last week aged 96, left Scotland for the last time.

The late monarch will first be taken to Buckingham Palace for the night before being transported to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where some supporters have been queuing for 24 hours to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-serving sovereign.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is carried to St Giles Cathedral, after traveling down the Royal Mile, on September 12, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Two women, Grace and Vanessa, said they had already taken their places in line, waiting overnight to pay their respects a full day before the queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster.

“This morning, we went to the royal rehearsal for Her Majesty’s coffin in Westminster Hall. It was heartbreaking, the solemnity of the occasion,” Grace told the BBC. “I think the whole nation is going to be heartbroken and in tears. We were.”

“This is how we want to pay tribute to the queen, who has done a great service to the country, the community and the world,” Vanessa said.

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The coffin will be transported by hearse to Buckingham Palace in the heart of the capital. On Wednesday, the queen’s coffin will be carried in a procession the short distance from the palace to Westminster Hall, where the late monarch will rest until her state funeral on Monday.

King Charles III, along with his wife Camilla, the queen consort, visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday. They will meet politicians and religious leaders and attend a service at St. Anne’s Cathedral before returning to London later in the day.

AFP contributed to this report.

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