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Prince William says ‘too many have been killed’ in Israel-Hamas war and calls for ‘end to fighting as soon as possible’ | UK News

Prince William has said that “too many have been killed” in the Israel-Hamas war, as he called for the fighting to end “as soon as possible”.

In a rare statement on the crisis, the Prince of Wales said he clings “to the hope that a brighter future can be found and I refuse to give up on that”.

“I remain deeply concerned about the terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East since the Hamas terrorist attack on 7 October,” he said.

“I, like so many others, want to see an end to the fighting as soon as possible. There is a desperate need for increased humanitarian support to Gaza. It’s critical that aid gets in and the hostages are released.

“Sometimes it is only when faced with the sheer scale of human suffering that the importance of permanent peace is brought home.

“Even in the darkest hour, we must not succumb to the counsel of despair.”

The statement has been issued after it emerged Prince William is set to carry out a series of engagements to highlight the plight of all those affected by the ongoing conflict.

In the coming days he will meet with charities in the UK that are providing humanitarian support in the region and will hear about the conditions faced by those working on the ground.

He will also join a conversation at a synagogue with young people from a wide range of communities to acknowledge the rise in antisemitism around the world.

In October last year Prince William made what was seen as an unexpected intervention when Kensington Palace released a statement expressing his and the Princess of Wales’s profound distress at the devastating events unfolding in the region.

It is rare for members of the Royal Family to make public comments on such contentious matters.

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Prince William reviews the honour guard during a reception ceremony in the West Bank as he visited the occupied Palestinian territories in 2018. Pic: Reuters


, in the West Bank June 27, 2018.
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Prince William reviews the honour guard during a reception ceremony in the West Bank as he visited the occupied Palestinian territories in 2018. Pic: Reuters

, in the West Bank June 27, 2018.

Sky News has been told that Prince William has been following events closely and his concern about the human impact, especially on young people on both sides, has compelled him to want to do more within the diplomatic limits of his position.

In a press release announcing two visits by the heir to the throne, Kensington Palace said: “The Prince and Princess were profoundly concerned by events that unfolded in late 2023 and continue to hold all the victims, their family and friends in their hearts and minds.”

Their statement in October acknowledged the horrors experienced by innocent families on both sides, with their spokesperson saying: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are profoundly distressed by the devastating events that have unfolded in the past days.”

The spokesperson added: “The horrors inflicted by Hamas’s terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling; they utterly condemn them.

“As Israel exercises its right of self-defence, all Israelis and Palestinians will continue to be stalked by grief, fear and anger in the time to come. Their Royal Highnesses hold all the victims, their families and their friends in their hearts and minds.”

Prince William meets with Palestinian students in the West Bank as he visited the occupied Palestian territories in 2018. Pic: Reuters
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Prince William meets with Palestinian students in the West Bank as he visited the occupied Palestian territories in 2018. Pic: Reuters

In a separate statement, the King’s spokesperson said he was “appalled” by the “barbaric acts of terrorism” in Israel, adding the monarch was “extremely concerned” and his “thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering”.

In June 2018, Prince William became the first member of the Royal Family to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories.

It continues to be seen as one of his most sensitive and challenging diplomatic trips to date and clearly had a lasting impact on him.

During the four-day trip, he expressed his own hopes for “lasting peace” in the region.

Prince William to highlight plight of those affected in Middle East conflict | UK News

The Prince of Wales has been so horrified by the human suffering unfolding in the Middle East he’s set to carry out a series of engagements to highlight the plight of all those affected by the ongoing conflict.

In the coming days, Prince William will meet with charities in the UK that are providing humanitarian support in the region and will hear about the conditions faced by those working on the ground.

He will also join a conversation at a synagogue with young people from a wide range of communities to acknowledge the rise in antisemitism around the world.

In October last year Prince William made what was seen as an unexpected intervention when Kensington Palace released a statement expressing his and the Princess of Wales‘s profound distress at the devastating events unfolding in the region.

It is rare for members of the Royal Family to make public comments on such contentious matters.

Sky News has been told that Prince William has been following events closely and his extreme concern about the human impact, especially on young people on both sides, has compelled him to want to do more within the diplomatic limits of his position.

In a press release announcing two visits by the heir to the throne, Kensington Palace said: “The Prince and Princess were profoundly concerned by events that unfolded in late 2023 and continue to hold all the victims, their family and friends in their hearts and minds.

“Their Royal Highnesses continue to share in the hope of a better future for all those affected”.

William will carry out the engagements alone as Kate continues to recover from abdominal surgery.

Their statement in October acknowledged the horrors experienced by innocent families on both sides, with their spokesperson saying: “The Prince and Princess of Wales are profoundly distressed by the devastating events that have unfolded in the past days.”

The spokesperson added: “The horrors inflicted by Hamas‘s terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling; they utterly condemn them.

“As Israel exercises its right of self-defence, all Israelis and Palestinians will continue to be stalked by grief, fear and anger in the time to come. Their Royal Highnesses hold all the victims, their families and their friends in their hearts and minds.”

In a separate statement, the King’s spokesperson said he was “appalled” by the “barbaric acts of terrorism” in Israel, adding the monarch was “extremely concerned” and his “thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering”.

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In June 2018, Prince William became the first member of the Royal Family to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

It continues to be seen as one of his most sensitive and challenging diplomatic trips to date and clearly had a lasting impact on him.

During the four-day trip, he expressed his own hopes for “lasting peace” in the region.

Prince William given Blue Peter badge for launching Earthshot Prize | UK News

Prince William has been given a Blue Peter badge for launching a prize that finds environmental solutions to help repair the planet.

The Prince of Wales will receive his green badge from Blue Peter presenter Joel Mawhinney during the 65th birthday special episode of the long-running CBBC children’s programme on Friday.

Previous recipients of the badge include naturalists Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham as well as climate campaigner Greta Thunberg and The Last Of Us star Bella Ramsey.

Prince William launched his Earthshot Prize in 2021 to discover and scale up green technology with the winners in five categories – also known as Earthshots – receiving £1m each to develop their ideas.

He has also written the foreword to a children’s book, called The Earthshot Prize: A Handbook For Dreamers And Thinkers: Solutions To Repair Our Planet, which was published on Thursday.

Co-authored by Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield, it aims to inspire young people to develop their own ideas to help the Earth.

Gold Blue Peter badges – the programme’s highest award – were presented to the King and Queen ahead of Eurovision this year, and the current Prince and Princess of Wales were recipients of the same honour in 2017.

While receiving his latest badge, William will help Mawhinney show off a wall featuring drawings and letters sent in by viewers themed around nature and the environment.

Mawhinney, who is also a magician, will also show the Prince of Wales a card trick.

During the Blue Peter 65th birthday special, footballer turned pundit Alex Scott, Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, former Paralympian Ellie Simmonds and fitness instructor Joe Wicks will also celebrate the founding of the show.

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Prince William with Joel Mawhinney. Pic: BBC/Andy Parsons/Kensington Palace

A happy birthday Blue Peter message will be featured on the BT Tower in London and former presenters Matt Baker, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya will make an appearance in the Salford studio.

Other celebrations this year include a new book badge designed by Sir Quentin Blake, best known for his lengthy collaboration with Roald Dahl, and a collaboration with science fiction series Doctor Who that will see 500 fans receive a winners’ badge next month.

The BBC said Monday is the date of the 65th anniversary of the first broadcast of the programme and this year also marks the 60th birthday of the Blue Peter badges which were introduced in June 1963.

Other badges include book, blue, sport silver, green, purple, orange, gold and music.

The episode with William will be shown at 5pm on Friday on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

Prince William says late Queen is ‘fondly keeping an eye on us’ as he speaks of pride in his ‘Pa’ at coronation concert | UK News

Prince William said his grandmother would be a “proud mother” on the King’s coronation weekend, saying the late Queen is “fondly keeping an eye on us”.

The Prince of Wales took to the stage at the Coronation Concert after Lionel Richie – and couldn’t resist joking that, unlike the star, he wouldn’t go on “all night long”.

After a day filled with pomp, ceremony and traditions dating back 1000 years – and an evening of more modern entertainment – he took a moment to reflect on the late Queen’s coronation in 1953.

“As my grandmother said when she was crowned, coronations are a declaration of our hopes for the future.

“And I know she’s up there, fondly keeping an eye on us. She would be a very proud mother.”

Britain's King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Coronation Concert on May 7, 2023 in Windsor, Britain. Mark Large/Pool via REUTERS
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The King and Queen Camilla waved Union flags at the Coronation Concert
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The Prince of Wales kisses his father King Charles III during his coronation ceremony
King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Rishi Sunak and Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland, are seen during the Coronation Concert on May 07, 2023 in Windsor, Britain. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

He also highlighted the “simple message” at the heart of all the pageantry of the coronation: “service”.

“My father’s first words on entering Westminster Abbey yesterday were a pledge of service.

“It was a pledge to continue to serve.

“Because for over 50 years, in every corner of the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world, he has dedicated himself to serve others, both current and future generations, and those whose memory must not be neglected.

“Pa, we are all so proud of you,” he said, referencing the King’s dedication to the environment and the Prince’s Trust.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales greet crowds in Windsor


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He went on to express his gratitude to others around who serve: in the military, in classrooms, in hospitals and communities.

“Your service inspires us all, and tonight we celebrate you too,” he said.

“I commit myself to serve you all.”

He ended with the rallying cry of the weekend: “God save the King!”

The Crown releases first pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton in final season | Ents & Arts News

Netflix has released the first official images of the actors playing Prince William and Kate Middleton in the final series of The Crown.

Pictures show newcomer Ed McVey in the role of a teenage William, and Meg Bellamy playing Kate Middleton.

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Prince William arriving at St Andrew’s University in 2001

The actors – who will play a big part in the next season – shared the photos in a joint Instagram post, with the captions: “Here we go!” and “Meet Kate and Will”.

The show will recreate the early days of their relationship, with an official description saying: “As The Crown enters a new decade, Prince William starts at university in St Andrew’s, determined to lead as normal a life as possible while he still can.

“Also beginning life as a university student, is Kate Middleton from Berkshire. As the pair meet for the first time on campus, a new romance and a new future for The Crown begins.”

Appearing as a child in the last series, young William was played by Senan West, the real-life son of actor Dominic West, who plays the then Prince Charles.

Rufus Kampa will also play William in his younger years, before McVey takes over the part.

The story of William and Kate’s young romance is expected to play a large role in the coming series.

Season five of The Crown covered the 1990s – a tempestuous period for the royals – featuring the break-up of three marriages. Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson and the now King Charles all had affairs, while the last series also included Diana’s infamous interview with journalist Martin Bashir and a fire at Windsor Castle.

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Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Prince William, during their graduation ceremony. William got a 2:1 in geography after four years studying for his Master of Arts.
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Kate Middleton at her graduation in 2005

As the show has neared the present day, there has been some criticism of its portrayal of the royal family, with actress Dame Judi Dench and former prime minister John Major both hitting out at the artistic licence used to depict real-life events.

In response, Netflix said the programme “has always been presented as a drama based on historical events”.

The streaming giant also added a label to the trailer, Twitter page and website, calling the programme a “fictional dramatization”.

The Crown had been due to end after the fifth series – which aired two months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II – but creator and writer Peter Morgan later said it would be extended to include a sixth.

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While this final season will cover the period of Princess Diana’s death, in Paris in August 1997 – when Prince William was 15 and Prince Harry was 12 – Netflix has said it will not depict the car crash that killed her.

It is understood the series will show the lead-up to the crash, as well as its aftermath, but not the crash itself.

The final series of The Crown is expected to air towards the end of this year on Netflix.

Kate beats William at spin class on visit to Welsh leisure centre – all while wearing high-heeled boots | UK News

The Princess of Wales beat her husband at an endurance spin class during a visit to an Aberavon leisure centre – while donning her high-heeled boots.

The royal couple joined gym goers at the endurance cycling session in south Wales, and were challenged to see who could cycle the furthest in 45 seconds while riding a virtual race in the Italian mountains.

As they entered the room, the prince apologised to the class saying: “Sorry for ruining your spin class.”

He then pointed out to Kate that she was still wearing her high-heeled boots.

“Not sure I am dressed for this,” she responded.

Once under way, and clearly teasing her husband, Kate said: “Can I make it harder?”

At the conclusion, William said, while breathing heavily: “Talk to you in a minute.”

The Princess of Wales looks at her winners trophy after beating the Prince of Wales in a timed distance spin class during a visit to Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre in Port Talbot, to meet local communities and hear about how sport and exercise can support mental health and wellbeing. Picture date: Tuesday February 28, 2023.
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The princess was given a trophy for her victory over William

The event was part of a series of visits in south Wales to mark St David’s Day.

Away from their race, the pair toured the centre’s sports hall and swimming pool, and met children from the local Tywyn Primary School, who were taking part in various indoor sports.

Seven-year-old Rafael Vazquez, from Swansea, presented the couple with a set of Welsh leotards for their children.

His mother Jo Vazquez said: “It was wonderful to meet them. They are so genuine people and have a real interest in the community, children and sport.

“They said how interested they were in keeping leisure centres open, especially swimming, as it is such a key skill for life.”

William and Kate also visited a therapy garden in Pontyclun, where the princess planted a Sweet William – prompting a laugh from her husband.

The Princess of Wales pats a dog during a visit to Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre near the town of Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan, to hear about the work they do to support those struggling with the effects of drug and alcohol addiction. Picture date: Tuesday February 28, 2023.
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The prince and princess met a great dane on their visit to a therapy garden in Pontyclun

They also met a therapy dog, seven-year-old Great Dane, Ragnar, with William commenting on the dog’s “big ears”, while Kate said: “He must be very popular.”

Kate was presented with a bunch of daffodils by two-year-old Cora Phillips, with her mother Michelle Phillips, from Llanharan, saying: “Oh my goodness, I did not expect that in a million years.”

Turning to her daughter, she said: “We just met a princess. We’re never going to forget that.”

We knew there was a rift between Harry and William – but now we know just how deep it runs | UK News

The royal family had been braced for it, and the publishers warned it would be unflinching, but perhaps no one expected Harry’s memoir would go this far.

It is a very raw, very detailed book, exposing private moments and personal conversations – and at its heart is a fraternal falling out of biblical proportions.

The rift between the two Princes has long been reported, but these details show how deep that rift is.

We have a warts and all account of a physical altercation between the brothers, with William allegedly attacking Harry. Although what provoked and prompted him isn’t clear, the very accusation is damaging for William.

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How the relationship between Princes William and Harry has broken down

Throughout the book, Harry doesn’t hold back, from William and Kate approving the Nazi costume he wore to a party, to begging his father not to marry Camilla.

Before, Harry made accusations but didn’t name names – this time he’s going into the specifics.

We learn how he found out the Queen had died through a news website, not a call from the family.

And Harry shares a very private conversation with his father, at the funeral of Prince Philip, where Charles pleads with his sons not to make his final years a misery with their disputes and disagreements.

There are also excruciatingly intimate details about his teenage years, the cocaine at parties aged 17, and losing his virginity to an older woman.

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The whole book is a barrage of claims, conversations and confrontations from behind closed doors. We’ve never heard such candid frankness from the royal family before, but Harry seems set on putting private moments in the public domain.

It is a one-sided story, but one which paints a gloomy picture of life in the royal family – a life which Harry feels failed him on many levels.

The book is an uncomfortable read for the royal family, but maybe most of all for Prince William.

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The two brothers were once so close and are now divided with a gap so wide, it’s hard to see how the pair can make peace.

Will this bring the closure Harry hopes? With at least four more interviews to go, it certainly won’t for now.

Prince William calls for improved online safety after coroner’s ruling in Molly Russell death | UK News

Prince William has called for improved online safety for children after a coroner ruled social media contributed to the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell.

The Prince of Wales said: “No parent should ever have to endure what Ian Russell and his family have been through. They have been so incredibly brave. Online safety for our children and young people needs to be a prerequisite, not an afterthought.”

The schoolgirl from Harrow, northwest London, was found dead in her bedroom after viewing content related to suicide, depression and anxiety online.

Andrew Walker, the coroner, said he did not “think it would be safe” to give suicide as her cause of death, instead opting for self-harm.

Giving his findings on Friday, he said: “Molly was at a transition period in her young life which made certain elements of communication difficult.”

She was “exposed to material that may have influenced her in a negative way and, in addition, what had started as a depression had become a more serious depressive illness”, he told North London Coroners Court.

William and Harry will join King escorting Queen’s coffin to lie in state | UK News

The King will be joined by both his sons as he walks behind the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace.

The King, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex will follow the coffin on foot as it makes its journey to Westminster Hall for the lying in state from Wednesday afternoon.

The Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex will also walk with them.

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Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, will also join the procession, as well as the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Snowdon.

The Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Sussex will travel by car.

The procession will leave the palace at 2.22pm and is expected to arrive at Westminster Hall at 3pm.

A service lasting around 20 minutes will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury accompanied by the Dean of Westminster.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace, London, where it will lie at rest overnight in the Bow Room. Picture date: Tuesday September 13, 2022.
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United at an impromptu walkabout on Saturday

The brothers’ troubled relationship is well documented, but after the death of their grandmother last Thursday they and their wives united unexpectedly when they viewed floral tributes left to the Queen outside Windsor Castle.

The princes put on a united front with their wives during a mammoth walkabout on Saturday.

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The King talked of his love for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in his televised address to the nation on Friday evening, saying: “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

In the Duke’s tribute to his grandmother, released on Monday, he said he wanted to honour his father at the start of his reign.

The last time Charles and his two sons were all together in public was at the service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

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Inside St Paul’s at the service of thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh

On that occasion, the Sussexes sat some distance from Prince Charles and Prince William, behind the Wessex family and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

This was Harry and Meghan’s first public appearance alongside the Windsors since they stepped down as senior royals in 2020.

In April 2021, Harry and William joined their father when they walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin at his funeral.

Britain's Prince Charles, from front left behind coffin, Princess Anne, obscured, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Earl of Snowdon and Tim Laurence follow the coffin as it makes it's way past the Round Tower during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Saturday April 17, 2021. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)
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Prince Charles and his sons escort the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin after his funeral last April

The brothers were separated by Mr Phillips, their cousin, but he dropped back half a pace at one point, so the siblings appeared closer together.

After the funeral service, William and Harry chatted as they walked back up the hill from the chapel to the castle.

Mourners have already joined the queue to attend the Queen’s lying in state at Westminster Hall, which begins at 5pm on Wednesday.

It will continue until 6.30am on Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The government has warned that the queue is expected to be very long, with people standing for “many hours, possibly overnight” and with very little opportunity to sit down.

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Prince William has told Mark Drakeford he is ‘honoured’ to be the new Prince of Wales | UK News

Prince William has said he is “honoured” to be the new Prince of Wales during a phone call with the nation’s first minister.

Speaking to Mark Drakeford for the first time since the Queen’s death, the Prince noted his “deep affection” for Wales and vowed to spend the “months and years ahead” committed to the country’s communities.

Before his grandmother’s death, William held the title of the Duke of Cambridge, but was handed the titles previously held by his father after he became King Charles III.

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This makes him the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, while his wife Catherine is now the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

The Prince and Princess of Wales meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022.

A statement issued by Kensington Palace following the Prince’s conversation with Mr Drakeford said: “The Prince acknowledged his and the Princess’s deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, including during the earliest months of Prince George’s life.

“The Prince and Princess will spend the months and years ahead deepening their relationship with communities across
Wales.

“They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and to shine a spotlight on both the challenges
and opportunities in front of them.”

Queen’s coffin leaves Balmoral

People line the street as the hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth passes through the village of Ballater, near Balmoral, Scotland, Britain, September 11, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The conversation was held as the Queen’s coffin started its journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh.

Draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, the coffin is travelling from the royal castle, through the Aberdeenshire countryside, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other party leaders in Scotland are expected to observe the coffin as it makes its way past the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

After arriving at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, it will rest in the throne room until Monday afternoon, when it will be moved to St Giles’ Cathedral.

There it will lie for 24 hours, so the public can pay their respects.