Public advised to be prepared if coming to see The Queen's coffin Lie at Rest in Edinburgh

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The public are being advised to be prepared and check ahead if coming to Edinburgh to see The Queen's coffin Lie at Rest.

Her Majesty's coffin will be at St Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland's capital for a limited amount of time from early this evening until tomorrow.

People are being given the opportunity to pay their respects to Her Majesty, who died on Thursday.

Mourners will be able to file past the coffin from around 5.30pm this evening (Monday 12 September) until 3pm tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 13 September).

Large crowds are expected and delays are likely on public transport.

People are being urged to prepare for standing in long queues.

The queue will start at George Square Lane/North Meadow Walk in The Meadows where one wristband per person will be issued.

Only those with wristbands will be able to enter St Giles' Cathedral.

Local and major road closures will be in place, which is expected to have a significant knock-on impact on surrounding trunk roads and the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass.

There is no additional parking at George Square, with mourners advised should wherever possible to access George Square by public transport or on foot.

Flowers can be laid in Middle Meadow Walk and Palace of Holyrood House, but will not be permitted into St Giles' Cathedral.

The queue will pass a number of locations where refreshments can be brought, buy people are advised to also bring their own food and drinks.

People should also be prepared for changeable weather conditions.

Toilets will also be available.

Airport-style security checks for entering St Giles’ will be in place at George IV Bridge, with tight restrictions on what can be taken into the cathedral. 

The queue may shut early to make sure as many visitors as possible can enter the cathedral before the Lying-At-Rest period ends should it be clear that those joining the queue beyond that time could not be accommodated before the vigil ends.

Mourners will be asked to pass the coffin without pausing to allow as many people as possible to do so.

Once people have paid their respects, they are asked to move away from the exits to allow the queue to continue to flow.

Further information is available below:


The security search point and St Giles Cathedral have step-free access. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other official assistance dogs are permitted within St Giles Cathedral

Filming and photography

Filming, photography, use of mobile phones or other handheld devices is prohibited in the security search area or within St Giles Cathedral

Bag policy

Visitors will be allowed to take in one bag no larger than 40 X 30 X 20 cms and certain items are prohibited

There will be no facility for bag drops in the security area

Prohibited items

A full list of prohibited items is available in here: Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-at-Rest in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh 

Visit the City of Edinburgh Council website for information on road closures and public transport diversions during ceremonies and events in the city

For latest traffic information please visit Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites

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