Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace

The state hearse carrying the Queen's coffin has arrived at Buckingham Palace.

Mourners cheered and clapped as the hearse travelled down Constitution Hill and around the Queen Victoria Memorial before driving through the gates of the palace and through the central arch into the quadrangle.

The hearse slowed down as it approached the gates.

Outriders stopped with their heads bowed at the end of the journey, while a police officer at the gate saluted.

Follow the latest updates below.

08:56 PM

'The last leg of her journey, it's just emotional'

Tanya Kurkdgian, an account manager, said being able to see the Queen’s coffin enter Buckingham Palace was “very emotional”, reports India McTaggart.

She told the Telegraph: “She means such a big deal to everyone.

“You could feel the sorrow from the crowd and the respect that everyone has shown - it just means so much.

“The last leg of her journey, it’s just emotional.”

08:42 PM

King Charles III signs Hillsborough Castle visitors book with leaking pen during Belfast trip

08:30 PM

King Charles III and Queen Consort leave Buckingham Palace

The King and Queen Consort have been seen driving out of Buckingham Palace, approximately 30 minutes after the Queen's coffin arrived.

08:27 PM

Mourners watch on as coffin arrives

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - TOBY MELVILLE /REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - TOBY MELVILLE /REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - ANDREW BOYERS /REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - ANDREW BOYERS /REUTERS

08:19 PM

'I’m emotionally drained, pretty flat, and just gutted'

Janie Feree had been waiting in the rain since 2pm to wave her Union Jack flag as the hearse drove by, but she found herself just “gutted” as she watched, reports India McTaggart.

As the coffin passed, illuminated in the back of the car, Ms Feree told the Telegraph she felt the “massive loss” of the late Queen who “has been with us all our lives”.

“I’m emotionally drained, pretty flat, and just gutted,” she said.

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - JUSTIN TALLIS /AFP
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - JUSTIN TALLIS /AFP

08:08 PM

Crowd erupts in cheers as coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace

As the hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin arrived at Buckingham Palace, there was an eruption of cheers  from the thousands of people that had lined the streets to pay tribute, writes India McTaggart.

The car circled The Queen Victoria Memorial roundabout before entering the ornate iron gates of the palace from which the late monarch reigned for so many years.

Steel barriers held crowds of people clamouring to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin before it was greeted by her children and grandchildren for private mourning inside.

After she had made her final journey back to the capital and the gates closed after her coffin, the crowd standing outside the palace erupted into more cheers and clapping - with many waving flags and shouting three cheers in celebration of the late monarch’s unprecedented reign.

Many of the people gathered had braved hours of downpour in order to secure a place where they might catch a glimpse of the hearse carrying the late Queen this evening.

Those who didn’t make it will be able to pay their respects as the Queen lies in state in Westminster Hall from tomorrow afternoon until the day of her funeral, September 19.

08:04 PM

Queen's coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace

The Queen's coffin has arrived at Buckingham Palace, where it will rest overnight in the Bow Room.

07:54 PM

Archbishop of York tweets picture of those queueing at Buckingham Palace

07:48 PM

Thousands gather to watch hearse drive through London

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin returns to London for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - Leon Neal /Getty Images Europe 
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin returns to London for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - Leon Neal /Getty Images Europe

07:35 PM

Household Cavalry marches into Buckingham Palace

The Household Cavalry from Wellington Barracks has just marched into Buckingham Palace, reports India McTaggart.

Politicians, fellow royals and members of the public have gathered at the Palace to welcome the Queen's coffin, which is currently being driven through the streets of west London.

07:31 PM

Queen 'consulted on plans for hearse'

The State Hearse to be used at Her Majesty The Queen’s Funeral has been designed by The Royal Household and Jaguar Land Rover. Her Majesty was consulted on the plans, writes Hannah Furness.

The State Hearse is finished in Royal Claret, the same colour as the official Royal and State vehicles kept in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, and used by Members of the Royal Family on official duties.

The vehicle features Her Majesty The Queen’s Personal Royal Cypher.

The State Hearse has been designed to allow members of the public to have a clear view of Her Majesty’s Coffin as it travels through London and Windsor, with lights inside the vehicle illuminating the coffin.

07:26 PM

Streets heave with humanity as Queen takes final journey across London

The coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II landed at RAF Northolt at 6.53pm, marking the start of the late monarch’s final journey across the capital, writes Jack Hardy.

Few were willing to miss this moment of history. Here, roads heaved with humanity; members of the public scrambled up fences and climbed up walls to get a glimpse of the royal cortège, of the woman who wore the British Crown longer than anyone else.

The rain, relentless all afternoon, did little to quell the sheer numbers. Some even watched from their roofs.

Penny Lancaster - the wife of Rod Stewart and a City of London Police officer - stood chatting to the crowds opposite the airbase.

As the hearse carrying the coffin moved into view and prepared to pull onto the main road, there were sirens, and then there was silence. A silence so unlike the cheers that greeted the earlier arrival of King Charles III; a recognition that no amount of excitement for a new coronation can, truly, dull this sense of national loss. Not yet.

Then, the vehicle pulled onto the road and a ripple of applause slowly broke out across the crowd. It soon escalated into cheers.  A life celebrated as well as mourned.

07:15 PM

Queen's coffin departs RAF Northolt

The hearse carrying the Queen's coffin has departed from RAF Northolt for the journey to Buckingham Palace.

A wreath of white flowers could be seen on top of the coffin as the vehicle slowly made its way to the A40.

Uniformed military officers flanking the Princess Royal saluted the hearse as it passed them on the airfield.

07:12 PM

Archbishop of York sings outside Buckingham Palace

The Archbishop of York stopped by and joined those queueing to pay their respects at Buckingham Palace in a hymn, reports Daniel Capurro.

Beneath a beige gazebo, Stephen Cotrell sang Praise Him! Praise Him! with queuers escaping the rain.

The Archbishop said "I think the Queen’s last great gift to the nation is to bring us together".

07:09 PM

Queen's coffin carried from plane

The Queen's coffin has been carried from the plane upon its arrival at RAF Northolt.

The C-17 Globemaster aircraft, used for aid missions in Ukraine and to help evacuate people from Afghanistan when the Taliban returned, arrived at RAF Northolt in north-west London just before 7pm after travelling from Edinburgh.

 Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin returns to London for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - Louise Rose /Paul Marriott Photography 
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin returns to London for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - Louise Rose /Paul Marriott Photography

07:06 PM

Princess Anne disembarks flight

The Princess Royal has stepped off the RAF flight carrying her, her husband and the Queen's coffin.

Princess Anne disembarked the aircraft at RAF Northolt and proceeded to greet the welcoming party, which includes the new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

 Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin returns to London for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - Sky News
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin returns to London for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace - Sky News

07:05 PM

Impressionist street artist camps outside Buckingham Palace to 'capture the moment'

Peter Brown, a British impressionist street artist, has been painting outside Buckingham Palace all day to “capture the moment” in history, reports India McTaggart.

The 55-year-old artist had done the same on Friday because he told the Telegraph it is “amazing to see the action,” adding that “it’s all very exciting”.

“On Friday I stayed here all day and at the end of it you do feel quite sad because she’s kind of been like a wallpaper in your life,” he said.

“It’s the end of something that felt constant which is weird, but she’s incredible, to have faced that life and do such an incredible job.”

Mr Brown, who paints street scenes, added that it is “an amazing moment in time”.

He said he’s not sure whether he will put the two paintings of the public paying their respects to the late Queen at the Palace up for sale.

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin arrives for monarch’s final night at Buckingham Palace

07:00 PM

Princess Anne: 'Honour and privilege' to accompany Queen on final journey

Princess Anne has said it has been an “honour and a privilege” to accompany her Mother on her final journey across Britain.

The Princess Royal, who flew with the Queen’s coffin back from Edinburgh to London, described the love and respect for the late monarch as “humbling and uplifting”.

“I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life. It has been an  honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love  and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and  uplifting,” she said in a statement.

“We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share  our sense of loss.”

“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our  national identity we took for granted. I am also so grateful for the support and  understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added  responsibilities of The Monarch.”

“To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”

06:55 PM

'Six million' attempted to track Queen's final flight

Flight tracking website Flightradar24 said "nearly six million people attempted to follow" the flight carrying the Queen's coffin from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt in London.

The number of people attempting to track the plane caused the website to run into problems, but not before more than half a million were able to briefly follow.

"In the moments before takeoff, nearly six million people attempted to follow the flight, causing disruption to our platform. We are working to ensure stability across our platform at the moment," a statement on Flightradar24's Twitter account read.

Another tweet confirmed: "600k able to follow. Six million total attempts (which is what brought the site down)."

Flight KRF01R was the most-tracked flight in the world on Flightradar24 once the website recovered, with over 350,000 watching the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III as it moved south through the UK, having left Edinburgh at 17:42 on Tuesday.

06:54 PM

Queen's coffin lands in London

The RAF flight carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has safely landed at London's RAF Northolt.

06:49 PM

Guard of Honour prepare for arrival of Queen's coffin

Members of the Guard of Honour have assembled on the airfield at RAF Northolt ahead of the arrival of the Queen's coffin by plane from Edinburgh.

The guard is formed of three officers and 96 non-commissioned officers and gunners of The Queen's Colour Squadron.

They will transfer the coffin to the official hearse, which will take the Queen to Buckingham Palace.

As sovereign and head of state, the Queen was Head of the Armed Forces and their Commander-in-Chief.

06:46 PM

Knitters pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with cute crocheted post box toppers

Woolly corgis, crowns and figures of the late monarch have appeared in towns and villages in a show of appreciation for her reign, reports our Royal Correspondent Victoria Ward.

It is a peculiarly British pastime, but one that would likely have raised a smile from Queen Elizabeth II.

Knitted and crocheted tributes to the late monarch have been popping up on post boxes the length and breadth of the country.

Woolly corgis, crowns and figures of the late Queen in an array of characteristically bright outfits have appeared in towns and villages in a show of appreciation for her reign.

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh as it flies back to London - Triangle News 
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh as it flies back to London - Triangle News

You can read Victoria's charming report in full here.

06:39 PM

Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth

Speaking after the plane carrying the Queen's coffin had departed Edinburgh Airport, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Scotland has bid a final and poignant farewell to our much loved Elizabeth, Queen of Scots.

"Over these past few days we have seen just how much Her Majesty meant to the people of Scotland.

"As anticipated, people from all walks of life gathered across the country and in our capital city to pay tribute to the only Monarch most of us have ever known."

06:25 PM

Fury as holidaymakers told to leave Center Parcs on day of Queen’s funeral

Center Parcs has come under fire for announcing that it will order holidaymakers to leave its sites on the day of the Queen’s funeral, report Gurpreet Narwan and Hannah Boland.

The company has been inundated with complaints after revealing that five of its parks will close for 24 hours from 10am on Monday. Guests will be forced to cut their holidays short or find alternative accommodation for the night.

Guests part-way through their holidays will be forced to spend the night elsewhere or go home early.

Center Parcs said it was closing its sites “as a mark of respect and to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to be part of this historic moment”.

You can read Gurpreet and Hannah's report in full here.

06:16 PM

Flight tracking website crashes

The website flightradar24.com appeared to run into difficulty around the time the plane carrying the Queen's coffin took off from Edinburgh Airport.

In a livestream on YouTube titled Tracking Queen Elizabeth II's Final Flight on Flightradar24, a message read: "We are currently experiencing extremely heavy load and are working to bring the service back as soon as possible.

"Before take off more than 600k users were following the flight."

06:09 PM

Family travels from the US to pay their respects

As a group of approximately one hundred Metropolitan Police officers walked to one side of Buckingham Palace, in what we can assume is in anticipation of the arrival of the Queen’s coffin, India McTaggart spoke to a family who have flown from Maine for the occasion.

Kim Garca and her 11-year-old son TJ have made the 10-hour flight - connecting through Iceland - to pay their respects to the late monarch, despite not being British.

“He’s just always loved the Queen and I don’t know why because we’re not from England or anything - he even has pictures of her in his room,” Ms Garca told The Telegraph.

She added: “We were sitting at home on Saturday morning watching Good Morning America and I just thought it would be so nice to be able to be there so we just booked some tickets and here we are.”

They are debating whether to stick around for the coffin coming into Buckingham Palace later this evening, but the weather has taken a turn for the worse and everyone has their umbrellas out to shield from the downpour.

“We’re definitely going to do the parade tomorrow,” she said.

06:05 PM

King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace

The King has arrived at Buckingham Palace after returning from Northern Ireland.

The crowds erupted in cheers and applause as his motorcade of five motorbikes and three drove into the palace gates.

Charles could be seen waving as he sat next to the Queen Consort in the car.

06:04 PM

Politicians arrive at Buckingham Palace

A series of black cars with Government Communications Service (GCS) signs have entered into the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Jacob Rees-Mogg could be seen through the windows of one of the cars after Penny Mordaunt arrived minutes earlier.

The crowd is beginning to swell outside the palace but has become a sea of umbrellas as the rain gets heavier.

06:01 PM

King Charles and Queen Consort travel to Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh as it flies back to London - PETER NICHOLLS /REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh as it flies back to London - PETER NICHOLLS /REUTERS

05:42 PM

Queen's coffin departs for London

The flight carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth has taken off from Edinburgh airport.

It will fly to RAF Northolt in West London, a journey of approximately one hour, before it is then driven through the capital to Buckingham Palace.

The national anthem was played as the RAF plane prepared to take off.

05:29 PM

Canada declares national holiday to mark Queen's funeral

Canada plans to declare Monday - the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral - a national holiday and a day of mourning for the monarch's death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

"We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we're aligned on this," Mr Trudeau said.

"There are still a few details to be worked out, but declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is going to be important," he told reporters in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

05:24 PM

King Charles lands at RAF Northolt

King Charles III and the Queen Consort landed back at RAF Northolt from Belfast shortly after 5pm, reports Jack Hardy.

Scores of police officers filed to the barricades separating the public from the road next to the airbase as the royal jet made its away across the tarmac.

Then, to cheers and shouts of “God save the King”, the new monarch was whisked up the rainy streets of west London in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV owned by his mother since the 1950.

The King and the Queen Consort could be seen waving to the crowds as they passed.

05:23 PM

Alex Salmond's party demands 100 Scots guard the Stone of Destiny - to stop it being stolen by England again

Alex Salmond's Alba party has demanded 100 Scots guard the Stone of Destiny as it travels to London for the coronation - to stop it being stolen by England again.

The stone was used in the inauguration of Scottish kings until 1296 when King Edward I removed it.

It was built into a new throne in London where it stayed for centuries and sat below the throne when The Queen was crowned in 1953 at Westminster Abbey.

But the stone was returned to Scotland in November 1996 on St Andrew's Day and is now kept safe in Edinburgh Castle by Historic Environment Scotland.

Officials announced last week the stone will be moved back to Westminster Abbey for the coronation of the new King.

But Alba Party general secretary Chris McEleny has called for the stone to be overseen by '100 Guardians of Scotland' - over fears it could be stolen by England.

05:18 PM

Princess Anne accompanies funeral procession

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh to fly back to London - Jacob King /PA
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh to fly back to London - Jacob King /PA

05:16 PM

Queen's coffin loaded for flight back to London

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has been loaded onboard a Royal Air Force Globemaster C-17 aircraft for its journey back to the capital.

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh to fly back to London - Andrew Milligan /PA
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Coffin leaves Edinburgh to fly back to London - Andrew Milligan /PA

05:12 PM

I will try to help heal wounds left by the Troubles, King Charles tells Northern Ireland

The Queen “never ceased to pray” for Northern Ireland, King Charles said on Tuesday as he pledged to follow his mother’s example and try to heal the wounds left behind by the Troubles, writes our Europe Editor James Crisp.

On his historic first visit to Northern Ireland as King, Charles said that he would try to bridge the divides between the unionist and nationalist communities in the province.

“I take up my new duties resolved to seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland,” he told Northern Ireland’s political leaders in Hillsborough Castle in the throne room.

"My mother felt deeply, I know, the significance of the role she herself played in bringing together those whom history had separated, and in extending a hand to make possible the healing of long-held hurts,” he said in the castle, which hosted  negotiations ahead of the Good Friday Agreement.

You can read James' report in full here.

05:09 PM

Benefits to be paid early ahead of Queen's funeral

People receiving benefits and pensions payments will be paid three days early in light of next week's bank holiday for the Queen's state funeral.

Those due to receive payments on Monday will be paid this Friday, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said.

This is the last working day before the Queen's state funeral on Monday, which will be a bank holiday.

The move is in line with existing protocols for payments to be brought forward when there are bank holidays.

05:08 PM

Queen's coffin arrives at Edinburgh airport

The Queen's Cortege has arrived at Edinburgh airport, from where her coffin will continue its journey back to London.

The coffin, accompanied by Princess Anne and her husband, will depart for RAF Northolt and then will be driven on to Buckingham Palace.

The flight, onboard a Royal Air Force Globemaster C-17 aircraft, is expected to take about one hour.

05:02 PM

Thousands of hospital appointments cancelled on day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Thousands of GP and hospital appointments are being cancelled because of the bank holiday on Monday, reports our Health Editor Laura Donnelly.

NHS hospitals in England have been urged to contact all patients with appointments on the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, whether or not their appointment has been postponed.

Some major hospitals have said they will postpone “the vast majority” of non-urgent cases.

Others - including major cancer centres- have said they expect services to operate “as usual”.

You can read Laura's report in full here.

04:54 PM

Pallbearers carry Queen's coffin to a hearse

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Queen 'never ceased to pray for Northern Ireland', King reveals - RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Queen 'never ceased to pray for Northern Ireland', King reveals - RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS

04:50 PM

Princess Beatrice arrives at Buckingham Palace

Princess Beatrice has arrived at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's coffin later this evening.

A carrycot could also be seen in the back seat of the grey Range Rover.

04:46 PM

Crowds applaud Scottish police

The police officers who have marshalled the huge crowds on the Royal Mile since Sunday were also applauded by the crowd, much to their evident delight and surprise, reports Simon Johnson.

"Take it while you can get it boys," one person shouted. "It won’t be like this at the football at the weekend!"

04:44 PM

Guard of honour follows funeral Cortege

A guard of honour by the King's Bodyguard for Scotland and pipers followed the Cortege towards Edinburgh Castle and on to the airport.

04:39 PM

Queen's coffin departs St Giles' Cathedral

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Queen 'never ceased to pray for Northern Ireland', King reveals - OLI SCARFF /AFP
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Queen 'never ceased to pray for Northern Ireland', King reveals - OLI SCARFF /AFP

04:33 PM

Crowd applauds Queen's coffin

Applause rang out from the crowds packing both sides of the Royal Mile as the Queen’s coffin was led out of St Giles’ Cathedral, reports our Scottish Political Editor Simon Johnson.

Her hearse travelled up the Lawnmarket, then swept down Johnston Terrace on its journey from the city centre to the airport.

"Its just so magical to be a part of something like this and it's so wonderful that she chose here. I loved all the clapping as well, it was beautiful," said Jennifer Lorenz-Marston,  50, a photographer from Stirling told Catherine Lough.

"I think she left Scotland a gift for tourism because its now even  more special," she added.

Afterwards the band passed with the sound of drums and bagpipes to commemorate the occasion.

04:32 PM

Queen's coffin heads to Edinburgh airport

The Queen's coffin procession has left St Giles' Cathedral and is now heading to Edinburgh Airport.

The monarch's only daughter, Princess Anne, is accompanying the casket.

The coffin will be flown from there down to RAF Northolt, before it is driven to Buckingham Palace, where it will lie in rest tonight.

04:20 PM

'Republicans have as much right to voice their opinions as anyone else'

David Davis has tweeted his support for those participating in anti-monarchy protests, saying the principle of freedom of speech "must not be sacrificed".

The Conservative MP, who describes himself as a "staunch monarchist", tweeted a letter he wrote to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland to express his displeasure over the arrest of a protester yesterday.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Edinburgh on Monday after shouting abuse at the Duke of York as he walked behind the coffin of his mother Queen Elizabeth.

04:14 PM

King and Queen Consort sign Hillsborough Castle visitors' book

Queen Elizabeth II latest: Queen 'never ceased to pray for Northern Ireland', King reveals - Niall Carson /PA
Queen Elizabeth II latest: Queen 'never ceased to pray for Northern Ireland', King reveals - Niall Carson /PA

04:10 PM

'She asked me to come and pay my respects'

Andrew Israel-Swenson flew to the UK from Morris, Minnesota on Saturday to be here on his mother's behalf, writes Daniel Capurro.

She grew up in Swindon and has been a Royals fan all her life but at 82 felt unable to visit England and queue in the cold and rain.

Instead she asked her son to go. "She asked me to come and pay my respects."

"The Royal family has always been part of my family life, growing up for as long as I can remember," he told The Telegraph. "My family in Swindon hooked us up with Royal teapots and we'd get up at 5am to watch Royal weddings".

Neither he nor his mother had ever been to a Royal event in person before. "We lived in Alaska and it's just too far and too expensive to fly," he said.

03:57 PM

Crowds gather to watch service on big screen

03:56 PM

King shakes hands with President of Ireland

The King has shaken hands with the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins following a memorial service for the late Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

03:55 PM

'Love listens far more than she speaks'

The Queen found many powerful ways to help with the reconciliation of Ireland, the head of the Church of Ireland has said.

In a service of reflection at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, the Archbishop of Armagh John McDowell said: "It has always been love's way that in order to rise, she stoops; so the bowing of her head in respect was far more powerful than much grander gestures would have been.

"Love listens far more than she speaks, so a few words in an unfamiliar tongue and a judicious sentence or two of heartfelt regret and wisdom said far more than ceaseless volubility.

"Love never rushes into anything for fear of overwhelming the beloved, but when the moment is right she walked the few steps between two Houses of Prayer in Enniskillen alongside the beloved, in encouragement and affection."

03:55 PM

Pictured: Merlin the Persian cat

Merlin the Persian cat looks on as the King and Queen leave Hillsborough Castle - Mark Marlow/Shutterstock
Merlin the Persian cat looks on as the King and Queen leave Hillsborough Castle - Mark Marlow/Shutterstock

03:51 PM

Strictly Come Dancing postponed

Strictly Come Dancing will move from its original launch date amid schedule changes in the wake of the Queen's death, the BBC has announced.

The new series of the dance competition was due to return to screens on September 17 but the launch show will now air on Friday September 23.

The first live show will follow on Saturday September 24, the broadcaster has said.

03:49 PM

Liz Truss shakes hands with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill

Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) greets Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill with Taoiseach Micheal Martin (right) as they attend a Service of Reflection for Queen Elizabeth II at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast - Liam McBurney/PA
Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) greets Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill with Taoiseach Micheal Martin (right) as they attend a Service of Reflection for Queen Elizabeth II at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast - Liam McBurney/PA

03:36 PM

Flustered soldier's muddled words left Queen in fits of giggles

A flustered soldier muddled his words when he met the Queen and made her giggle when he accidentally told her he was 'a rapier missile'.

Air Commodore Nicholas Bray CBE, 58, slipped up when he met the Queen as a young pilot officer in the RAF whilst serving in Belize, Central America, in 1985.

He expected her to ask him his name and what his role was but she instead asked what he was - and had already prepared the answer in his head.

Nicholas accidentally spluttered "I am a rapier missile ma'am" - making little sense and leaving Her Majesty in fits of giggles and she responded "how lovely for you".

03:31 PM

Watch: Royal family account shares Poet Laureate's words

03:26 PM

Protesters arrive outside St Giles' Cathedral

Protesters arrived outside St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh at around noon. Six of them held a white sheet, and pieces of plain white paper, which they said symbolised the fact that they support the freedom to say any message, and not one in particular, writes Helen Chandler-Wilde.

They said they were spurred to come out after arrests of other protesters over the past few days, supporting the right to protest in general rather than any particular view, although one organiser said that all members held anti-monarchy views.

When asked if a royalist would be welcome, a 30-year-old protestor called Alison said: “It depends”.

“I don’t know why they would be here”, she said. “I would be interested to speak to someone who would stand up and defend this right but I don’t think [any royalist] we’ve met so far would be here.”

Several of the mourners speak to them over the course of their protest.

One woman, who had just queued for an hour and a half to see the late Queen lying in state, said that she overall supported their right to protest but thought there was a “time and a place”, which wasn’t then and there.

03:24 PM

Big screens close, while other cinemas open to screen funeral for free

Many of the UK's cinemas will close on the day of the Queen's state funeral - while others will remain open to screen the event for free, they have said.

Major chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will shut their sites on September 19 in a mark of respect.

Smaller operators including The Light - which has movie theatres in locations such as Cambridge, Sheffield and Stockport - will also close their doors for the day.

Other cinema chains including Curzon and Arc have chosen to screen the funeral for free while cancelling the rest of their programming that day.

03:15 PM

Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Asda to close on Monday

Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Asda have become the latest retailers to confirm they will shut stores next Monday for the Queen's funeral.

It comes after a raft of supermarkets and high street chains already confirmed closure plans for the day.

Morrisons said all its UK supermarkets will shut on Monday September 19, which will be a bank holiday as the Queen's state funeral takes place.

"All our supermarkets will be closed on Monday September 19 as a mark of respect and so colleagues can pay tribute to Her Majesty," a spokeswoman for the supermarket said.

"At 5pm our petrol filling stations will reopen."

Lidl confirmed on Tuesday that it will also shut all its stores for the day.

Another retail competitor, the Co-op, has also announced that its estate of stores will shut their doors.

03:14 PM

First reading at cathedral service

The first reading at the cathedral was read by Eoin Millar, the NI Duke of Edinburgh Youth Ambassador.

Quoting Joshua 4: 1-3, 8, 19-24, he said: "When the entire nation of Israel had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua:  'Select twelve men from the people, one from each tribe, and command them, Take twelve  stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood,  carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight.'

"The Israelites did as Joshua commanded. They took up twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan,  according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord told Joshua, carried them  over with them to the place where they camped, and laid them down there.

"The people came  up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east  border of Jericho.

"Those twelve stones, which they had taken out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal, saying to  the Israelites, 'When your children ask their parents in time to come, ‘What do these stones  mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel crossed over the Jordan here on dry  ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you crossed over,  as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we crossed over, so that  all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, and so that you may  fear the Lord your God forever.'

"This is the word of the Lord."

03:10 PM

King, Prime Minsiter and Taoiseach arrive at St Anne's Cathedral

The King was greeted with a large cheer as he arrived at St Anne's Cathedral.

Inside, Prime Minister Liz Truss sat beside Taoiseach Micheal Martin, with the pair engaged in lengthy conversation as they wait for things to begin.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill and DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson were sitting directly behind them.

Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina arrived and sat alongside Ms Truss and Mr Martin.

02:59 PM

Queue warnings see people arrive at RAF Northolt

Dire warnings of queues of up to 30 hours to see the Queen lying in state encouraged many outside RAF Northolt to pay their respects here instead, reports our Crime Correspondent Jack Hardy.

Anita Dean, a crown court court usher from Oxfordshire, was one of the first to arrive on Tuesday morning, armed with a newly bought camp chair.

The 58-year-old said: “I’ve got the day off and I thought this is how I wanted to spend my day off - this was an opportunity to pay my respects to the Queen in an easier way than queuing for 30 hours in central London.

“Her dedication to service was amazing - into her nineties when most people would’ve retired decades earlier.”

02:46 PM

Watch: First glimpse of what Queen's procession will look like

02:39 PM

'This is, I want to use the word earth-shattering'

Dan Capurro is in London for us talking to mourners in the city.

Richard Ikin travelled down from Altrincham in Cheshire this morning. He's never been to any royal event before, but said that the lying in state was different.

"I often figure you get a much better view at home watching on TV, but this is different. This is, I want to use the word earth shattering.

"It's just important that I come down to represent my family, to say thank you to the Queen and to support King Charles."

He added: "If I didn't come, I'd regret it all my life and it's a relatively small thing to do. There must have been many many mornings when the late Queen thought 'I'm tired, I don't feel like it' but she did it anyway because it was her job, her destiny. The least I could is give up two days holiday and come down here."

02:33 PM

Significant security operation around RAF Northolt

A significant security operation is already in place around RAF Northolt, with the surrounding streets lined with dozens of steward and police officers, reports our Crime Correspondent Jack Hardy.

Police sources told the Telegraph that officers from two forces - the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police - are already patrolling the area and a significant number of officers from forces outside of the capital are due to arrive later in the afternoon.

Police could be seen taking sniffer dogs around the perimeter of the airbase and checking over neighbouring fences with mirrors.

Flanking either side of the main entrance to Northolt are RAF officers in formal military attire.

02:32 PM

Arlene Foster: King has 'great interest' in Northern Ireland

Former first minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long, Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney have arrived at St Anne's Cathedral for a memorial service reflecting on the life of the late Queen.

Speaking outside St Anne's Cathedral ahead of the memorial service, Mrs Foster said that she expects a similar service to that given at St Giles', with "beautiful music and some reflection on Her Majesty's life of service and dedication".

Speaking of the new monarch, Mrs Foster said the King has had a "great interest" in what is happening in Northern Ireland and hopes "that interest will continue during his reign".

02:29 PM

King Charles leaves Hillsborough House

The monarch has left Hillsborough House.

02:28 PM

King meets Sinn Fein politicians

King Charles III is introduced to Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and member of the Irish republican Sinn Fein party member, Alex Maskey (centre) and Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister and Irish republican Sinn Fein party Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill (right) - Niall Carson/AFP
King Charles III is introduced to Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and member of the Irish republican Sinn Fein party member, Alex Maskey (centre) and Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister and Irish republican Sinn Fein party Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill (right) - Niall Carson/AFP

02:14 PM

'It was so British we all queued to get in the queue but we are really good at it'

Holly Bourne-Arton, 27, also at the back of the line, who runs a self-storage facility in Yorkshire, studied at Edinburgh and took the train up at 9am, writes Catherine Lough.

"I went to uni here and I thought if I couldn't come up today it was probably a bad job," she said.

"We were right on the other side of the Meadows and I was about 20 people in advance and they shut it about 20 people behind us and then actually getting these bands was a bit muddled but they luckily let us all through literally at the last minute.

"Until we got these wristbands we were slightly umming and ahhing about whether they'd shut it again in front of us but hopefully for now we've got these.

"It was so British we all queued to get in the queue but we are really good at it."

02:13 PM

Center Parcs holidaymakers will be told to leave on Queen's funeral

Center Parcs has announced it will order holidaymakers to leave its UK sites on the day of the Queen's funeral.

The company is being inundated with complaints after it revealed that its five parks will close for 24 hours from 10am on Monday.

Guests partway through seven-day holidays - which generally cost more than £1,000 for a family-of-four at this time of year - will be forced to spend the night elsewhere or go home early.

Those due to arrive on Monday for shorter stays are being given the opportunity to begin their breaks a day later.

Center Parcs said in a statement that it made the decision "as a mark of respect and to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to be part of this historic moment".

02:12 PM

'They should've had a royal train in hindsight'

Catherine Lough is in Edinburgh, where the queue has now closed.

As the queue ended, some mourners made it into the line just in time.

"I asked her (my mother) this morning because she's disabled, I said would you like to go pay your respects to the Queen?" said Charles Sharpe, 60, who was pushing his mother Janet, 89, in a wheelchair and said he was one of the final people in the line.

"We made it so we are very grateful."

"I'm honoured to be here," he added.

"When you think about it yesterday it was a state funeral," he said. "The authorities have underestimated the response of the British public - they should have had a royal train in hindsight."

02:11 PM

Couple arrive seven hours early to see Queen's coffin land in London

Our correspondent Jack Hardy is at RAF Northolt for us.

Outside RAF Northolt, where the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II is due to land at around 7pm, the onset of drizzle has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of those hoping to pay their respects.

Husband and wife Mirantha and Chandrani Jinadasa, from nearby Rayners Lane, said they had arrived seven hours early to secure their place directly opposite the military base’s main entrance.

Mr Jinadasa, 52, said he had first seen the late Queen as a boy in his home country of Sri Lanka in 1981. But neither he nor his wife have since made a habit of showing up for royal occasions, until now.

“A bit of rain doesn’t matter,” he told the Telegraph, while standing next to an increasingly sodden camp chair.

“She’s the only person the whole world knows. It’s the last time we can pay our respects.”

Ms Jinadasa, clutching a flower picked from her garden to throw in front of the procession, added: “She was a very brave woman. She’s done so much for us, for every single country in the Commonwealth.”

Mr Jinadasa has the week off work and, after a long wait for the late Queen at RAF Northolt on Tuesday, intends to queue to see her coffin again at Westminster Hall later this week.

02:09 PM

James Crisp witnesses the King's arrival

James Crisp was at Hillsborough Castle for us. Here's his take on the King's arrival.

The King and Queen, both wearing black, arrived at 12.27pm and got out of the royal car to ecstatic cheers.

They walked up to the castle gates, greeting and shaking hands with the thrilled crowd, which was four rows deep in places and was full of excited schoolchildren.

The monarch spent 10 minutes talking to  well wishers who held their smartphones aloft as one to record the historic moment in the sunshine.

Faces were pressed against the windows of surrounding houses and the King took the time to speak to his subjects, at time shaking hands with both hands and accepting cards. In one memorable moment,  he stopped having spotted Connie the Corgi, whose owner had lifted up, and patted the pooch affectionately.

As Charles and Camilla turned to inspect the flowers left in memory of the Queen, the crowd broke out into applause and shouts of "God Save the King!". "Thank you your Majesty," one voice rang out.

"That was brilliant. I am so glad we came," said Ross Lorimer, 28, after King Charles entered the castle, the 21 gun salute began and the happy crowds began to dissipate.

Ross came with his two week old son Thomas. "He was born in the reign of Elizabeth and will grow up in the reign of King Charles," he added.

02:08 PM

Portuguese family describe the 'unbelievable' atmosphere outside Buckingham

Isabel Lopes Cardoso has flown in from Portugal for the day just to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The 26-year-old travelled with her younger brother, Sebastião, and mother Marta to stand outside Buckingham Palace and say goodbye to the Queen in person.

“We came just for this,” she told the Telegraph's India McTaggart outside the Palace gates.

“She was an amazing figure in the history of humanity, a huge inspiration to us all - and not just in the United Kingdom”.

She added: “The Queen was a huge example to my little brother in particular - many years ago he said that once the Queen passed away he would come to London to pay tribute.

“It’s also a chance to be a part of history”.

She said the atmosphere outside the palace was “unbelievable”, adding that it was “so uplifting” to see everyone come together and pay their respects.

“It’s up to us know to follow her great example.”

The family’s journey is tribute to just how extensive the Queen’s influence and reach was worldwide.

They carried a Portuguese flag with them with a written message on it saying she was a “remarkable and inspiring figure in the history of humanity”.

02:06 PM

Crowds united in sadness at Buckingham Palace

The atmosphere at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday is one of sadness and unity in mourning, writes the Telegraph's India McTaggart.

Crowds of people are making their way through Greek Park to pay their respects, stopping to read the cards left with floral tributes as they head in the direction of the palace.

Most people are walking with their families or friends, bunches of flowers in their hands, ready to pay tribute to the late Queen.

The rain didn’t stop people from coming to pay their respects in the hundreds, with many donning raincoats and Union Jack umbrellas as they stood outside the Palace gates.

02:05 PM

Last mourners admitted to see Queen in St Giles'

The last mourners to file past the Queen's coffin in St Giles's Cathedral in Edinburgh have been admitted.

As the queue ended, some made it into the line just in time, writes the Telegraph's Catherine Lough.

Charles Sharpe, 60, who was pushing his mother Janet, 89, in a wheelchair and said he was one of the final people in the line.

"I asked her (my mother) this morning because she's disabled, I said would you like to go pay your respects to the Queen?" he said. "We made it so we are very grateful. I'm honoured to be here.

"When you think about it yesterday it was a state funeral," he said. "The authorities have underestimated the response of the British public - they should have had a royal train in hindsight."

Sophie Younger from Perth, who had come with her daughter, said: "I asked and said what's the queuing time is there any chance we will get in, and he more or less said no, and he said oh the queues right down to the tennis courts so Eliza and I just decided to see where it ended and then I asked somebody else and they said oh no, you could try and you might get in, so we just thought, we've come all this way, we might as well try so we joined the queue and then we realised they were actually stopping people joining literally ten people behind us.

"I very nearly didn't get in because I didn't have a blue band - I'd got a gold band for my luggage and I'd walked past the tables  so I couldve got as far as St Giles' and not got in because I didn't have a blue band."

She said she saw the coffin on the A19 on Sunday which was "pretty amazing".

She works as a textile conservateur and has worked with the Royal Palace, restoring textiles at Holyrood.

02:01 PM

'It’s hit me more than I thought it would'

Our reporter India McTaggart is outside Buckingham Palace for us.

Neva Chowdhury, 50, made the visit to Buckingham Palace with a close friend of hers on Wednesday after finding herself grieving more than she expected.

“It’s hit me more than I thought it would,” she told The Telegraph, saying: “I knew she was getting older and she’s always been in the background for me - but it’s this feeling of slight sorrow, you feel like you’ve lost someone that’s been around for a long time.

“We’ve had a few losses in the family and so it brings back some of those feelings in a strange way but I suppose we’ve grown up with the Queen.”

She added that it still seems “a bit wrong” to say King Charles but that for her children “it will be normal to have a King”.

The dentist brought red gladioli to leave in Green Park for the late monarch, saying: “I’ve never met her but you just feel like you know her, so it feels right to do this today.”

“I’ve also brought a sandwich and a gin and tonic so I can toast her in the park,” she added.

01:58 PM

Man joins queue 29 hours before doors open

Olivia Rudgard is in Westminster for us. Here's her latest take.

James Russell, 45, from North London, joined the queue at lunchtime on Tuesday, almost 29 hours before the doors are set to open.

He previously queued for 14 hours to sign the book of condolence for Princess Diana and came to the Queen mother’s lying in state in 2002.

“I like the monarchy - it was the Silver Jubilee the year I was born. I’m only a couple of years older than William and Harry - what they’ve been through is unbearable.

“I’ve always admired the Queen. It’s a once in a  lifetime experience to come and do this. It’s not going to happen again.

“Her dedication, her duty, the way she smiled, the way she spoke to people with such a soft voice. I wish I could have met her.”

01:58 PM

Pictured: King's audience with Northern Ireland Secretary

King Charles III (R) during an audience with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris at Hillsborough Castle  - Niall Carson/Getty
King Charles III (R) during an audience with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris at Hillsborough Castle - Niall Carson/Getty

01:45 PM

King and Queen attend reception

The King and Queen will then attend a reception where they will have the  opportunity to meet representatives drawn from across Northern Ireland society.

Their Majesties will sign the visitors’ book before departing Royal Hillsborough.

01:44 PM

In full: King's speech

My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of all my family, I can only offer the most heartfelt thanks for your condolences.

I am here today at a time of great personal sorrow as we mark the death of my beloved mother, after a life most faithfully dedicated to the duty to which she had been called.

It is fitting that we should meet at Hillsborough, which my mother knew so well, and in whose beautiful rose garden she always took such pleasure.

In the years since she began her long life of public service, my mother saw Northern Ireland pass through momentous and historic changes.

Through all those years, she never ceased to pray for the best of times for this place and for its people, whose stories she knew, whose sorrows our family had felt, and for whom she had a great affection and regard.

My mother felt deeply, I know, the significance of the role she herself played in bringing together those whom history had separated, and in extending a hand to make possible the healing of long-held hurts.

At the very beginning of her life of service, The Queen made a pledge to dedicate herself to her country and her people and to maintain the principles of constitutional government.  This promise she kept with steadfast faith.   Now, with that shining example before me, and with God's help, I take up my new duties resolved to seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland.

During the years of my mother's reign, it has been a privilege to bear witness to such a devoted life.  May it be granted to us all to fulfil the tasks before us so well.

01:41 PM

King delivering speech

The King hosted a private audience with the Secretary of State for Northern  Ireland, The Rt Hon Chris Heaton-Harris MP, before meeting leaders of the five main political parties and the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

In the Throne Room, Their Majesties received a message of condolence by the Speaker  of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which will be followed by the King’s response.

The ceremony was attended by invited guests, representing the Northern Ireland community.

01:40 PM

Flowers are in Queen's racing colours

The Flowers that are in St Anne’s are in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s racing colours of scarlet and purple and are seasonal and locally sourced, with many grown at Hillsborough, reports our Royal Editor Hannah Furness.

01:35 PM

Sadness and unity grips Buckingham Palace

The atmosphere at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday is one of sadness and unity in mourning, our reporter India McTaggart writes.

Crowds of people are making their way through Greek Park to pay their respects, stopping to read the cards left with floral tributes as they head in the direction of the palace.

Most people are walking with their families or friends, bunches of flowers in their hands, ready to pay tribute to the late Queen.

The rain didn’t stop people from coming to pay their respects in the hundreds, with many donning raincoats and Union Jack umbrellas as they stood outside the Palace gates.

01:34 PM

Revised timings - Queen's coffin to leave Scotland half hour earlier

The Scottish Government say the late Queen's coffin is now expected to leave St Giles' Cathedral at 4.30pm, half an hour earlier than originally planned, Simon Johnson writes.

Her flight to London is expected to take off at 5.40pm, 20 minutes earlier than expected, after the timings were brought forward by Buckingham Palace.

01:18 PM

The King meets Connie the Corgi

Charles and Camilla, both wearing black, arrived at 12.27pm and got out of the royal car to ecstatic cheers, writes James Crisp. 

They walked up to the castle gates, greeting and shaking hands with the thrilled crowd, which was four rows deep in places and was full of excited schoolchildren.

The monarch spent 10 minutes talking to  well wishers who held their smartphones aloft as one to record the historic moment in the sunshine. Faces were pressed against the windows of surrounding houses and the King took the time to speak to his subjects, at time shaking hands with both hands and accepting cards. In one memorable moment,  he stopped having spotted Connie the Corgi, whose owner had lifted up, and patted the pooch affectionately.

The King patted the pooch affectionately - POOL 
The King patted the pooch affectionately - POOL

12:55 PM

Pictured: King Charles on the walkabout

King Charles arrives at Hillsborough Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth - Jason Cairnduff/Reuters
King Charles arrives at Hillsborough Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth - Jason Cairnduff/Reuters
The King and Queen view floral tributes
The King and Queen view floral tributes

12:52 PM

Queue to see late Queen's coffin closed

Here's the latest from Simon Johnson.

The Scottish Government said: "The queue has now closed.

"Please do not attempt to join the queue.

"Over 26,000 people have already had a chance to pay their last respects.

"We are doing everything we can to ensure that those currently in the queue can do so before 3pm, when the Lying at Rest will end."

12:48 PM

Corgi snuggles up to King on walkabout

The King and Queen Consort were greeted by flag-waving and cheering supporters on their arrival at Hillsborough Castle in Co Down, the royal residence in Northern Ireland.

A corgi in the crowd snuggled up to the King when its owner held it up during the walkabout by the royal couple.

12:47 PM

'God save the King' cheers for Charles

Crowds at Hillsborough Castle cheered and shouted 'God save the King' as the new King and Queen took time to speak to well-wishers.

A round of applause broke out as they inspected floral tributes to the late Queen before entering the grounds of the castle.

12:43 PM

King views picture exhibition of late Queen

The King and Queen have now entered Hillsborough Castle.

They will view an exhibition of pictures, showing the late Queen during previous visits to Northern Ireland throughout her reign.

12:41 PM

Gun salutes

On arrival at Royal Hillsborough, the King and Queen were received by The Lord- Lieutenant of County Down, Gawn William Rowan Hamilton.

The firing of a Gun Salute - 21 rounds - marked the royal couple's arrival at the State Entrance of Hillsborough Castle.

12:40 PM

King and Queen observe sea of flowers at castle

The King and Queen observed the sea of flowers left for Queen Elizabeth outside Hillsborough Castle.

Shortly afterwards, they made their way inside after waving to the gathered crowd.

12:37 PM

Cheers greet King

Cheers broke out from the crowd of thousands of people in Hillsborough as the King's cavalcade of vehicles arrived in the Co Down village.

12:29 PM

King Charles greets crowds in Northern Ireland

The King has arrived at Hillsborough Castle, and is greeting crowds who have gathered to welcome him.

12:22 PM

Waiting for the King

Young girls holding flowers await the arrival of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort at Hillsborough Castle  - Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Young girls holding flowers await the arrival of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort at Hillsborough Castle - Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

12:18 PM

Crowds begin to gather in Belfast

People have started gathering outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast ahead of the King's visit later this afternoon.

Charles is expected to meet members of the public at Writers' Square outside the cathedral after attending a service of reflection inside.

12:17 PM

First mourners join the queue at Lambeth Palace

As of 11am on Tuesday there were eight people in the queue by Lambeth Palace in London waiting to pay their respects to the late Queen.

More than a day before the late Queen's lying in state begins at Westminster Hall, mourners had already begun to line the banks of the River Thames opposite the Palace of Westminster.

Portaloos were provided for those queuing overnight.

Stewards in hi-vis jackets and police officers outnumbered those in the queue on a cloudy morning in central London.

Several of those in the queue were wearing clothing featuring the Union flag.

12:01 PM

Some European games will be called off, NPCC suggest

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, NPCC Lead for Football Policing, said: “Since the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UK has activated a national policing operation. UK Policing is working closely with other organisations to ensure that events are held safely and with the appropriate security.

“Over the past few days, we have been working with UEFA, police forces, other emergency services and a number of other relevant groups to make sure as many European competition games as possible can go ahead.

"This has to be balanced with the requirements for the national events and core policing. With the support of UEFA and the relevant clubs, the majority of games, as it stands, can go ahead as planned. Full details are on the relevant club websites.

“This is a unique situation, and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

11:57 AM

King and Queen land in Belfast

The King and the Queen have arrived at Belfast City Airport ahead of an audience with the Northern Ireland Assembly at Hillsborough Castle.

11:51 AM

ITV to show funeral on all five of its channels

ITV has confirmed it will air the late Queen's funeral across all five of its channels on Monday.

The event will be aired across their entire network, and will be shown on ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe and ITV Hub.

In a statement, the channel said: "In what will be the largest outside broadcast in ITV’s history, the event will be shown live and uninterrupted on ITV’s main channel and simultaneously on all of its digital channels.

"The coverage will be preceded by Good Morning Britain which will preview the funeral.

"Moving into the evening, ITV will broadcast a documentary film chronicling the events of the past ten days from Her Majesty The Queen’s death to the state funeral.

"There will be a special programme focussing on the day’s events at 9pm followed by an extended News at Ten.

"All of the day’s programming from 6am to midnight will be simulcast on all of ITV’s main channel and five digital channels and hub - the first time in its history ITV has done so."

11:40 AM

Country's most prestigious businesses will have to re-apply for royal warrants

Hundreds of the country's most prestigious businesses will have to re-apply for royal warrants, following the death of Queen Elizabeth 11.

Retailers including John Lewis, Boots, Cadbury and Selfridges will have to re-apply for permission to use the Royal Arms in association with their products.

After Queen Elizabeth II's death on Thursday last week, these warrants have become void.

Currently 744 companies hold Royal Warrants, including 620 from the late Queen, providing a glimpse into her personal tastes and habits.

Elizabeth Arden, Clarins UK, Kent Brushes, P&G, Unilever, Bronnley, Floris and Molton Brown are among the cosmetic and personal care companies to receive a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty.

The coat of arms, normally accompanied with 'By Appointment to', are a mainstay in British households from consumers' cereal to soap and shampoo.

Warrants were previously granted by the late Queen, the late Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, now King Charles III.

The monarch decides which senior royals are the 'grantors' of the Royal Warrant, but the King is yet to announce which members of the royal household will now take on the duty.

11:38 AM

Sunflowers and poppies dominate floral tributes at Hillsborough Castle

Crowds were gathering for hours before the King and Queen Consort arrived at Hillsborough Castle, where a carper of floral tributes had been left at the gates, writes James Crisp.

Sunflowers were the most popular choice among the artwork and bouquets but there were also poppies in recognition of the late Queen's role in World War Two.

Free shuttle buses had been laid on to ferry well wishers to the genteel village, which was granted the prefix  Royal in recognition of its long standing links to the monarchy. Charles II had granted the area Borough status and Charles III was a regular visitor when he was Prince of Wales.

Helen Ginniffe, 50, a primary school teacher, had travelled 20 minutes from Bambridge to get a good spot near the castle gates.

"I just wanted to come to welcome the new monarch and just show him our support," she said.

"It is just nice to be part of a historic moment."

She added, "I was deeply saddened when I heard the Queen had died. She was very gracious and very kind."

In prime position in front of the castle w're three residents in wheelchairs from a nursing home in Dromagh.

"We wanted to come early and make sure they had a good spot , said carer Courtney Smith, 25.

"We have a couple of residents who are the exact same age as the Queen and some are even older. One is 101. Every resident in the home is watching the commemorations every day on the news."

11:33 AM

Prince Andrew heckler charged

The man who heckled the Duke of York yesterday in Edinburgh as the royal walked behind his mother's coffin has been charged.

Police Scotland said a 22-year-old man has been charged with breaching the peace.

"A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with a breach of the peace on the Royal Mile around 2.50pm on Monday, September 12," a spokesman for Police Scotland said.

"He was released on an undertaking to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

No other arrests have been made in relation to the incident.

11:31 AM

What's happening in Northern Ireland?

After touching down in Belfast, Charles and Camilla are to travel to Hillsborough Castle in Co Down, the royal residence in Northern Ireland, for several engagements.

  1. They will hold a private audience with the new Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris, as well as meeting representatives of political parties in the region.

  2. The couple will then receive a message of condolence on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland from the speaker of the Stormont Assembly Alex Maskey.

  3. They will then go to a reception at the castle, hosted by Mr Heaton-Harris, which some members of the public will also attend.

  4. The King and Queen will then travel to St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast where they will attend a service of reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth.

  5. The new monarch will also meet leaders from all the major faiths in Northern Ireland.

11:29 AM

Queen Elizabeth, whose reign saw 15 PMs

11:26 AM

King and Queen take off for Belfast

The King and the Queen Consort have left Edinburgh Airport for Belfast ahead of an audience with politicians at Hillsborough Castle as part of his first visit to Northern Ireland as monarch.

11:22 AM

Boxer Carl Frampton among guests

Former boxing world champion Carl Frampton said he was honoured to be at Hillsborough Castle for the visit of the new King.

He said: "I am delighted to be here today.

"It is a momentous occasion.

"Boris Johnson said it felt like the Queen would always be there.

"Now, we are getting ready to meet and see a new king.

"You can see how momentous it is by the number of people who have turned up here today."

11:19 AM

Sinn Fein Vice President arrives in Hillsborough Castle

Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill has arrived at Hillsborough Castle for the visit of the new King.

11:18 AM

'It is great to see how many people have turned out to support him here'

US students Blaze Grabowski, Alina Stalker and Chloe Alce are among the crowd at Hillsborough Castle.

The three students from New Jersey are at Queen's University in Belfast and said they wanted to catch a glimpse of the new monarch.

Ms Alce said: "He is the head of state and it is great he is here in Northern Ireland.

"It is great to see how many people have turned out to support him here.

"It is wonderful to see all the tradition."

11:10 AM

King arrives at Edinburgh Airport

The King's cortege has arrived at the airport.

He will fly to Belfast this morning.

11:02 AM

King leaves Edinburgh

The King has left the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The new monarch took an alternative route than expected, opting not to drive up the Royal Mile and past St Giles' Cathedral, where small crowds had gathered.

He will travel to Edinburgh Airport, where he will board a flight to Belfast.

10:45 AM

'I used to meet Queen in my dreams and once at Buckingham Palace she said, "oh, not you again"'

Our correspondent Olivia Rudgard is London for us, where she has been speaking to a spiritual medium.

Stephen, 61, who didn’t want to give his last name, arrived at the queue at around 8am on Tuesday with his friend Ms Farag.

He said he had expected there to be hundreds of people waiting, but ended up being the eighth person waiting.

“My heart pulled me here today, as soon as I saw the lady at the front of the line. I thought there’d be several hundred people in the line today.”

A spiritual medium, he has previously had dreams where he spoke to the Queen and last week shook the hand of the new Queen while leaving flowers at Buckingham Palace.

“I wanted to be here today, as opposed to tomorrow. I didn’t mind whether it snowed, sun, thunderstorms, lightning. It could be gale force winds. That wouldn’t drive me away.

“I really wanted to go there and bow my head and say a few words, and then we have closure.

“I used to meet the Queen in my dreams and at one occasion in Buckingham Palace she did say to me ‘oh, not you again’.

“I want the monarchy to continue. It’s gone on for over a thousand years. It’s good for the world to see how the Royal Family works.”

10:42 AM

Russia not invited to funeral, sources say

Invites to the late Queen’s funeral have not been sent to Russia, Belarus and Myanmar, while Iran will only be represented at an ambassadorial level, Whitehall sources said.

10:42 AM

Queues five-deep at Hillsborough Castle

The crowd lining the street outside Hillsborough Castle in Co Down are standing five-deep behind metal barriers.

Many have brought Union flags to wave and some are holding posters reading 'I support of the royal family'.

Some of the well-wishers have brought chairs and picnics.

10:34 AM

Forty children to go into Hillsborough Castle to meet King

Michael Poots, principal of Downshire Primary School in Hillsborough, said the visit of the King and Queen Consort to the Co Down village will make it a "wonderful day".

A number of students from the school will meet the King and Queen.

"It is great that as a school we can be part of it. We are so close to (Hillsborough) Castle and the children are greatly looking forward to it," Mr Poots said.

"You can hear the excitement. They are looking forward to meeting the King and of course the Queen Consort today. We are all going into the village and hopefully we will get a glimpse of them.

"Forty children (from the school) have been very fortunate to be picked to go into the castle and meet the new King and Queen.

"The rest of the children will on the roadside waving and cheering as they go past.

"We feel as a village very honoured that they have chosen to come here, especially in these very sad times, especially for the King. It means a lot to us all and the close links that we have with the Royal family in the village."

10:34 AM

Hundreds await King in Northern Ireland

Hundreds of people are gathering in the village of Royal Hillsborough in Co Down ahead of the arrival of King Charles and the Queen Consort.

Large numbers are already lining the village's Main St near Hillsborough Castle, the official royal residence in Northern Ireland.

Spectators are being driven into the village on shuttle buses amid a massive security operation.

10:33 AM

Hillsborough Castle already carpeted with hundreds of tributes

The area at the front of the gates to Hillsborough Castle has been carpeted with hundreds of floral tributes.

Floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Hillsborough Castle, Co Down - Michael Cooper/PA
Floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth II outside Hillsborough Castle, Co Down - Michael Cooper/PA

The King and Queen Consort will examine the tributes when they arrive in the village later.

10:28 AM

Knitted post box toppers flood the nation

Knitted and crochet tributes to Queen Elizabeth are popping up on post boxes all over the UK as the nation grieves.

Her Majesty's death is being mourned across the country with creative Britons making toppers to honour her 70 year reign.

Heartbroken knitters have taken to creating corgi-clad wool, figures of the late monarch in her many colourful outfits and crowns to show their respects.

Here is a selection:

The topper in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich - Triangle News
The topper in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich - Triangle News
Diane Croombs' topper tribute to the Queen in Alverstock, Gosport, Hampshire - Triangle News
Diane Croombs' topper tribute to the Queen in Alverstock, Gosport, Hampshire - Triangle News
Lorraine Pannell's topper in Newark, Nottinghamshire - Triangle News
Lorraine Pannell's topper in Newark, Nottinghamshire - Triangle News
Louise Jenner's knitted tribute in Polegate, East Sussex - Triangle News
Louise Jenner's knitted tribute in Polegate, East Sussex - Triangle News
Moira Knight's tribute in Shelve, Shropshire - Triangle News
Moira Knight's tribute in Shelve, Shropshire - Triangle News

10:17 AM

Lord Hague: 'It is a once-in-a-lifetime event'

Former Tory leader Lord Hague said it is best not to "spread the idea" that queues for the late Queen's lying in state will be a "terrible problem".

He told Times Radio: "It's very hard to tell in terms of the numbers, isn't it, if you're preparing for this event, but I think it's best to be calm and for the police and others to calmly organise for that, and not really try to spread the idea, 'oh, it's going to be a terrible problem, it's going to be overcrowded, you're going to have to wait too long'.

"That could also be quite counterproductive, where people then say, 'oh, well if it's going to be such great crowds, we've got to be there'.

"Or if telling us not to go, well, 'then we want to go' - that's quite a British reaction to say, 'in that case, we're going'.

"It will be exceptional. Of course, it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. So there will be vast crowds, as was seen in Edinburgh, the huge crowds yesterday.

"I think everybody - all the organisers, policemen should knuckle under to calmly preparing, and don't try to second guess the public too much on this."

10:12 AM

Politicians can expect to be asked about Ukraine at funeral, peer says

Former Tory leader Lord Hague said "of course" there will be diplomacy at the late Queen's funeral.

But he said world leaders are coming to pay their respects to an "extraordinary head of state" - and that is what "90% of it will be about".

Asked if there will be politics at the funeral, he told Times Radio: "Of course there is some diplomacy - you can't have that number of people together from around the world without them starting to say, 'well, what do you think is happening in Ukraine?' - of course there is going to be some of that.

"Nevertheless, they're coming because they want to pay their respects to this extraordinary head of state. And that is what 90% of it will be about."

10:01 AM

Theresa May: Sense of duty embodied by Queen may be slipping away

The sense of duty embodied by the late Queen may be slipping away in public life, Theresa May said.

The former prime minister told ITV's Lorraine: "I think maybe there is a slight loss of that sense of duty.

"It becomes, for a lot of people, more about them rather than about other people and how they should be doing and working for other people."

She added: "The late Queen Elizabeth was an example of devotion to duty par excellence."

The former prime minister added: "She was the most remarkable person I've ever met.

"The combination of qualities she had, I haven't come across in anybody else.

"I doubt we will see her like again."

09:47 AM

Tourists from Florida queue to see coffin

Two tourists from Florida said they had been waiting in the queue for an hour, writes Catherine Lough.

"We just can't believe our vacation just happened to be at this historical moment'" they said.

Laurie Traylor and Robin Wilcock, both 66, with Robin celebrating her birthday today.

Laurie said: "We're just going to say a little prayer - she was an amazing woman, kind of represent some of our family back home. We have some Irish and English blood, so."

09:44 AM

Catch up: A poignant day of speeches and processions

09:42 AM

'We are the envy of the world, we do these events extremely well'

Linette Darke, 68, struggled to hold back the tears as she recollected walking past  the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II.

She said: “I just had to come and say my goodbyes.

“I had all sorts of words in my head that I wanted to say. She was my Queen.

"I came from Perth train and watched the sun rise over Forth Road bridge it was stunning.

“It makes you very proud to be Scottish, British, because we have done her proud.

“We are the envy of the world, we do these events extremely well.”

09:39 AM

'I wish you were alive to see this, you'd know how much you were loved'

Lord Archer, former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, said he wished Queen Elizabeth were alive to see how much she was "loved" as he witnessed the "hordes of people" carrying flowers for her.

He praised the "smooth" transition to the new monarch, adding: "I don't think there's any country on earth who can run ceremony the way we do."

Lord Archer told Sky News: "They've been preparing it for many, many years and had dress rehearsals... but that doesn't stop the fact that when it happens, it happens literally overnight.

"And to watch it run so smoothly, I was very proud to be British when I was watching scenes like yours on television, I thought 'wow, we just do this better than anyone'.

"The sad thing for me - when I walked through Green Park this morning to get to you and saw those hordes of people carrying flowers going both ways. I thought 'I wish you were alive to see this, you'd know how much you were loved'."

09:37 AM

First glimpse at what the late Queen's funeral will look like

Pictured: Thousands of soldiers in ceremonial uniform gathered at Buckingham Palace in the early hours for a practice run at 4am.

09:25 AM

Evangelist already visited casket seven times - and plans to go more

Our reporter Catherine Lough is also in Edinburgh for us.

Queues are starting to form outside St Giles' following a fairly sparse stream of people earlier this morning.

Elizabeth Sabey, a 43-year-old evangelist and missionary, had visited the casket seven times and planned to go in as many times as she could before the coffin departs for Northolt.

She started queuing at 5pm yesterday. "I'm still going now, I haven't had a coffee since 7 o clock at night," she said, before queuing for her eighth visit.

"It's beautiful, it's not just like a gimmick like 'let me see how many times I can go in'. I've got a really strong faith and I just felt God's presence, like a unity among people, no divisions."

"Everybody came to pay their respects and it felt so peaceful and beautiful. Sometimes I've gone in and they've been praying or they've been changing the guards around her, it's a once in a lifetime experience, and when you go round just once it's like you just want to remember it.

"I don't think it's coincidence that she passed away in Scotland it was all I feel divinely orchestrated..I just think that's how it's meant to be."

"I've just been upright but actually I flopped over loads of times and I had to have people every so often wake me up so I've just had my rain mac. Especially on the second and third times I flopped over and I literally did go to sleep and then I had people in the queue that were like my little family members that I'd made a family here."

She found out the news on the Isle of Lewis and travelled down specifically to be here.

"The Queen, her faith really struck me rather than all Royals, in particular the Queen."

Dressed in bright tie dye colours, she said her feet were "at one point like lead" but said she would aim to see the casket as many times as possible.

09:13 AM

'She wanted to die in Scotland to try and unite the country'

More from Max Stephens in the Scottish capital.

Fiona Wollocombe, 58, is one of hundreds of visitors who woke up at 6am to catch a glimpse of the coffin.

The company director from Edinburgh said she was so anxious about being trapped in the queues for hours on end that she threw on her coat over the top of her pyjamas.

She said:  “I tried for two hours last night on the Meadows to watch the procession and it was just too cold and too long.

“I thought that’s a shame I’ve missed it but never mind I have been here all day and it’s been great so never mind.

“The crown of Scotland and the Company of Archers guarding her is amazing.

“And of course if the Queen had not died here none of this would have happened and that’s what I keep thinking.

“All the Scots I spoke to last night were convinced that she knew she was dying and wanted to die in Scotland to try and unite the country.

“I have been to so many charity events where the royals do sprinkle a bit of magic fairy dust, whether you like them or not.”

09:03 AM

Steady stream of mourners file into cathedral from 7am

Our reporter Max Stephens is in Edinburgh for us.

As early as 7am, a steady stream of mourners have begun filing their way into St Giles Cathedral to catch a brief glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.

Inside the cathedral itself, visitors shuffle their way forward in near silence as security guards patrol the aisles.

The only sound in the nave this morning is the hushed whispers of officials coordinating the crowd’s movements.

Mourners are only allowed 30 seconds or to take in the sight of the coffin draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland before they are gently ushered out.

The Queen’s crown rests on top of the casket as a coterie of guards stands outside.

The crown was made in 1540 for the Scottish King James V and is encrusted with 22 gems and 20 precious stones along with freshwater pearls from Scotland’s rivers.

Police officers have begun taking extra precautions for today’s events with officers carrying out bag searches and body searches.

The early morning chill seems to have done nothing to dissuade the crowds gradually assembling outside the Royal Mile.

08:59 AM

Queues of two hours at St Giles'

The Scottish Government said: "The approximate wait time is roughly two hours but this is expected to lengthen this morning.

"People wishing to join the queue should come prepared and dressed for the weather."

08:34 AM

The three-mile queue awaiting those wanting to see Queen's coffin

08:22 AM

Royals have 'particular affinity' with RAF

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, head of the Royal Air Force, said the royals have a "particular affinity" with the RAF.

"Her Majesty the Queen's father was the first royal to get his Royal Air Force wings, followed by His Majesty the King, followed by the Prince of Wales," Sir Mike told Sky News.

"And the Prince of Wales was a serving search and rescue pilot, I'm in no doubt that the Royal Air Force holds a very special place alongside all of the armed forces around the Commonwealth."

He added: "As a chief of the Air Staff I was privileged to have a regular audience with Her Majesty, and those private moments, those private discussions, where we were able to discuss the issues that we were dealing with as a service, bringing her vast wealth and depth of experience and her wisdom and her brilliant sparkle that she brought to everything as well, and they were very precious moments that I will cherish forever.

"And I think that goes for anybody who's had a interaction with Her Majesty."

08:09 AM

Air Chief Marshal: 'Queen was embodiment of service'

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, head of the Royal Air Force, said that the Queen was the "embodiment of a life of service".

He told Sky News: "The Queen was the embodiment of service and when we join the armed forces - the Navy, the Army, the Air Force - we all try in some way to emulate that service.

"And His Majesty the King, just like Her Majesty, comes from a service family.

"They know what it's like to have partners, sons, grandsons, grandchildren serving and serving on operations as well.

"They understand what it means to be a service family, and that's why Her Majesty was able to engage with and sought out families to talk to them, to share and hear their experiences, and to share some of her own.

"It's a very, very close personal relationship with her armed forces and and she will be very sadly missed, but we stand ready to serve His Majesty the King in the same way."

08:02 AM

Plane to carry Queen's coffin evacuated 15,000 from Kabul

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, head of the Royal Air Force, said the aircraft which will carry the Queen's coffin to London has been used for aid missions in Ukraine and was also used last year to help evacuate people from Afghanistan.

"It's a C-17 Globemaster, which is our strategic airlifter but on this very sad occasion it will be carrying Her Majesty's coffin down from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt," he told Sky News.

"As you can imagine, there's a lot of planning goes into a unique task like this, and we've worked closely with the Palace to deliver it to their wishes, and it's a day that we all clearly hoped would never come.

He added: "It's a heavily used aircraft - it carried the majority of the 15,000 people that we evacuated from Kabul last summer.

"And since then, it's been involved in airlifting humanitarian aid and lethal aid nodes to support Ukraine."

He said that the Queen's coffin would have a royal guard of honour when it is loaded on to the aircraft in Edinburgh made of 96 gunners from the RAF regiment, the Queen's Colour Squadron.

It is expected to arrive in London at 7pm and will be received by another guard of honour, "again, the Queen's Colour Squadron, this time with the with the King's colours on display as well", before being put into a hearse and taken to Buckingham Palace.

07:45 AM

The 4am practice run for the Queen's funeral

Final preparations for events in London following the death of the Queen are under way with a full rehearsal for the procession of the her coffin to Westminster Hall taking place in central London.

Guardsmen march from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster during an early morning rehearsal of tomorrow's funeral procession, on September 13, 2022 in London, England - Leon Neal/Getty
Guardsmen march from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster during an early morning rehearsal of tomorrow's funeral procession, on September 13, 2022 in London, England - Leon Neal/Getty

Thousands of soldiers in ceremonial uniform gathered at Buckingham Palace in the early hours of Tuesday for the practice run.

The Queen's coffin will arrive in London from Scotland on Tuesday evening, and will remain in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace overnight before being taken to lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday.

The early-morning rehearsal saw the horse-drawn carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery being led along the route.

A black coffin was placed on the gun carriage and, at around 4am, the procession was ordered to march and the carriage, pulled by seven black horses, made its way via Queen's Gardens, The Mall, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

Many of central London's streets were sealed off for the massive operation.

07:12 AM

Emotional mourners 'overwhelmed' as they step inside Cathedral

The sound of applause from mourners lining the street outside St Giles' Cathedral echoed into the night as King Charles and his siblings left the vigil on Monday evening.

Members of the public told reporters they were overwhelmed to view the late Queen's coffin as they entered the Cathedral to pay their respects.

"I was awed by the fact that I was in the Cathedral with Queen Elizabeth, who I have looked up to all my life," said Marie Claire Cross. "It was awesome in the true sense of the word and it was so sad."

Frances Thain, 63, said she was surprised to see the four children of the late Queen as she stepped inside.

"I was just overwhelmed because there were so much to take in," she said.

People queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral and pay respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth
People queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral and pay respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth

06:55 AM

The Queen’s children form royal guard of honour around her coffin

There were no tears and no wails. Just the sound of footsteps, then arms clasped and heads bowed, writes Royal Editor Hannah Furness.

For 10 minutes, as members of the public filed past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, her four children stood vigil in the most solemn duty imaginable.

The King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex had walked together up the aisle of St Giles' Cathedral, in Edinburgh, in a well-practised step – honed over a lifetime of shared public life.

As they reached the coffin, they divided – each taking a side to honour their mother and show that she was not alone.

Read the full story on the vigil here.

The Countess of Wessex, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence during a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the Life of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh
The Countess of Wessex, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence during a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the Life of Queen Elizabeth II at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

06:34 AM

Australian government says image of King Charles may not replace late Queen on currency

The Australian government said on Tuesday the image of King Charles III would not automatically replace Queen Elizabeth II's on $5 notes and an Australian figure may be used instead.

While coins are mandated to carry the image of the British monarch, Federal Assistant Minister for the Treasury Andrew Leigh said on Tuesday the decision to include the late Queen's image on the $5 note was about her personality as opposed to her status as the monarch.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had yet to turn his attention to whether an Australian should be on the $5 note.

"I think this is a time where a bit of respect is required. We will deal with these issues appropriately, in an orderly way, in a way that is respectful," he said.

05:47 AM

Today's Daily Telegraph front page

05:29 AM

In pictures: Mourners queue overnight to farewell Queen

People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh
People queue to see the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies at rest at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh
People queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral and pay respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth
People queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral and pay respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth
A man carries a child as he and others queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral and pay respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth
A man carries a child as he and others queue to enter St Giles' Cathedral and pay respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth

04:56 AM

What's happening today

Queen Elizabeth's coffin will begin its poignant journey home to London on Tuesday, leaving Scotland in the early evening following a day of prayers.

Here's a breakdown of today's events and what happens next:

  • 5pm: Following prayers, the coffin will be taken by hearse from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport

  • 6pm: Princess Anne will accompany the coffin home to London, with the aircraft landing at RAF Northolt, in west London, at 6.55pm

  • On arrival at Northolt: The coffin will be placed in a state hearse as a royal salute is given by an RAF guard of honour

  • Hearse to Buckingham Palace: The hearse will drive to Buckingham Palace, where it will be received at the grand entrance by a guard of honour

  • Chaplains to King to watch over coffin overnight: The coffin will remain in the Bow Room before a procession on Wednesday to Westminster Hall for the start of the lying in state

Read the full story about today's events here.

04:38 AM

King Charles to visit Northern Ireland for the first time as monarch

The King will travel to Northern Ireland for the first time as monarch on Tuesday, along with the Queen Consort as part of his Operation Spring Tide tour around the UK.

He is set to meet the region's political leaders at the royal estate of Hillsborough Castle, south of Belfast, where he will receive tributes and sympathies from parties.

King Charles will then attend an Anglican religious service in Belfast alongside the president, prime minister and foreign minister of Ireland.

The King and the Queen Consort will then return to London in the evening for the arrival of his late mother's hearse at Buckingham Palace.

04:25 AM

Today's top stories

  • King Charles and his siblings stood together in a solemn and silent vigil in Edinburgh on Monday, with members of the public filing past to pay their last respects

  • The first mourners to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in Westminster Hall started queuing on Monday, even though the doors will not open until 5pm on Wednesday

  • Shops across Britain have announced that they will close on Monday September 19 in a show of respect for Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral

  • Prince Harry's recent statement show that he is focused entirely on mourning his grandmother – and remind us of what has been lost

  • Scotland shows its fierce pride in Queen Elizabeth II by coming out in force to watch her three sons and daughter in deepest mourning

  • The Duke of Sussex has been denied the right to wear military uniform at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and ceremonial events leading up to it

  • Queen Elizabeth would have wanted Prince Harry to wear military uniform at her funeral

  • A carriage of the Royal train, modified especially to carry Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, lies unused after plans for the nation to turn out to show its respects were scrapped over fears for public safety and disruption