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Families flock to city for Queen’s arrival

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By Fiona Reid
Families flock to city for Queen’s arrival

ALL eyes were on Edinburgh at the start of the week as the coffin of The Queen was brought to the city for the start of official mourning.

And several people from this region made the trip up to the capital to pay their own respects.

Teacher Dora Carter, from Annan, was there on Sunday with her mum Barbara Lewis. They were on the Royal Mile for the arrival of the cortege and visited Holyrood Palace to see the flowers. Dora said: “We wanted to show our respect towards the Queen. She worked tirelessly for 70 years on behalf of her people across the UK and the Commonwealth. She had a strong sense of duty, which is something which seems to have gone out of fashion today, and kept the vow she made when she was 21 to devote herself to her people. There was a wonderful atmosphere – everybody was respectful and it was truly an incredible event to have been part of.”

DNG editor Fiona Reid also went on Sunday with her family and said: “It was a day of mixed emotions: the focus in the morning was on the new King and it was celebratory and colourful. We were lucky enough to be at Edinburgh Castle for the second Proclamation, to cheer the King. However, the mood changed in the afternoon and it was a sombre crowd that greeted the hearse. We had a front row view as the cortege passed by and it was surreal, but I am so glad that we went and took part in such a historic event.”

Adam Wilson, from Lochmaben, filed past the coffin in St Giles Cathedral early on Tuesday morning. He tweeted that it was ‘very humbling’.

Meanwhile, Boreland couple Ian and Barbara Roxburgh took time out of their Highland holiday to visit Balmoral to see the floral tributes and remember The Queen. Barbara said: “It was very peaceful, people were milling around the gate area in deep contemplation and emotion.

“It was all very organised considering it was Friday, the day after the Queen’s death.”

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