MOURNERS can visit the Queen’s coffin to pay their respects starting tomorrow night.
Hours of queues are expected and photos and videos are strictly prohibited.
Officials say weather conditions could also pose a challenge for the queues and there will be tight security measures.
Her Majesty’s body arrived in Edinburgh this afternoon and will be transported to St Giles’ Cathedral tomorrow.
The Crown of Scotland will be placed on her coffin and she will lie in state for a day from 5pm to allow the public to show respect.
She will then travel to Buckingham Palace and then Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state from Wednesday until the morning of her funeral next Monday.
Up to a million people are expected to parade past Her Majesty’s coffin.
That’s five times more than the 200,000 people who visited the Queen Mother in 2002.
Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh, Robert Aldridge said: “The news of Her Majesty The Queen’s death was met with great sadness around the world and with an outpouring of emotion that reflects how highly regarded she was, both at home and abroad.
“I am preparing to extend a warm welcome to King Charles and members of the Royal Family and of course to offer my deepest condolences on behalf of the City.
“The next few days will be truly historic for Edinburgh, with tens of thousands of people descending to pay their respects and millions more around the world bracing for the broadcast.
“I believe Scotland can be truly proud that Her Majesty cherished her time here and now the eyes of the world will be on the capital as we unite in national mourning and announce our new King.
“This is a time when our communities stand together and people reflect on our shared history.
“The sadness of the citizens and visitors is touching and shows the special relationship the city had with the Queen.
“Edinburgh’s condolence books have been opened online, in the Central Library and across the city to allow citizens and visitors to pay their respects.”
Soldiers will guard the coffin around the clock as the streams of mourning roll by.
Members of the royal family are also expected to take turns standing guard in a tradition known as the Vigil of the Princes.
Prince Edward and Charles both guarded the Queen Mother’s coffin in 2002.
Foreign dignitaries are among those who will visit Her Majesty.
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