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Death of Queen Elizabeth: The Queen’s coffin lands at Buckingham Palace after its final flight

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The Queen’s family received the coffin upon arrival at the palace, where it will rest in the Bow Room overnight.

The coffin was flown from Edinburgh earlier on Tuesday in a C-17 Globemaster transport plane, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston told Sky News on Tuesday in an on-camera interview.

It’s a “heavily used plane, it carried the majority of the 15,000 people we evacuated from Kabul last summer,” Wigston said.

“And since then he has been involved in airlifting humanitarian aid and deadly aid nodes to support Ukraine,” he added.

Princess Anne accompanied the Queen on her final flight. The only daughter of the late monarch, Anne was also the only one of the Queen’s four children to accompany her coffin from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh on Monday.

In a statement, Anne said it had been “an honor and a privilege” to accompany her mother on her final travels.

“Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting,” she added.

“We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to everyone who shares our sense of loss.”

Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, look on as pallbearers carry the Queen's coffin to Edinburgh.

Mourners had lined up outside St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday evening to pay their last respects. The Scottish government said more than 26,000 people were able to file past the Queen.

Tuesday marked Charles’ first trip to Northern Ireland as the UK’s new monarch, following in the footsteps of his mother, who is seen as a symbol of union and an important figure in the Northern Ireland peace process.

The historic visit saw the King arrive at the royal residence, Hillsborough Castle, where he greeted the public and watched the floral tributes. There he met the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, and the leaders of the biggest political parties in Northern Ireland.

Britain's King Charles III, flanked by Camilla, the Queen consort, delivers a speech after receiving a message of condolence in Northern Ireland.
People line up to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in repose in St. Giles'  Edinburgh Cathedral, Scotland.

Charles and Camilla received a message of condolence from the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey, to which the King replied: “In the years since her long life of public service, my mother has seen the Northern Ireland is going through significant and historic change. . During all these years, she never stopped praying for the best of times for this place and for its people.”

King Charles added that he would follow his mother’s example in devoting himself “to his country and his people and upholding the principles of constitutional government”.

After the reception at the castle, the King and Queen consort arrived at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast for an afternoon of prayer and reflection. They will be presented to religious and community leaders across Northern Ireland. More than 800 people are expected to attend the church service, which was also attended by British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

How the Queen's soft power helped keep the UK together

His visit comes at a difficult time for Northern Ireland, where political tensions are high and key issues around Brexit remain unresolved.

As the majority of the country voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, the UK’s ruling Conservative party signed a Brexit deal that created new customs barriers between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.

Elizabeth was the monarch for 70 years out of Northern Ireland’s 101 year history.

She was queen during the bloody 30 years of violence known as ‘The Troubles’, which pitted British unionists against Irish nationalists, with the British crown emblematic of all that divided the province.

Unionists are loyal to the Crown and the traditional British values ​​they believe it enshrines. For Irish nationalists, it is the symbol of the British forces that subjugated their ancestors and annexed their land.

Louis Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy in India and Charles’s favorite great-uncle, was assassinated by Irish Republicans along with several of his grandchildren in 1979.

The Queen publicly set aside those differences during a visit to Northern Ireland in 2012, shaking hands with Martin McGuinness, one of the Republicans most associated with past violence.
Charles also shook hands with Gerry Adams in 2015, seen as another milestone in the fragile peace process as Adams had long been associated with the Irish Republican Army (IRA), once considered the armed wing of Sinn Fein. which is now the largest party in the North. Ireland.

The King and Queen consort are now back in London on their return from Belfast.

Charles III, centre, and other members of the Royal Family hold a vigil at the Queen's coffin at St. Giles'  Cathedral on Monday.
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CNN’s Nic Robertson and Max Foster contributed to this report.