On Tuesday, King Charles landed in Northern Ireland to the cheers of hundreds of mourners as he led the grieving for Queen Elizabeth around the United Kingdom before her body is taken to London for four days of laying in state.
Following a solemn vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Monday, attended by Charles, his sister Anne, and brothers Andrew and Edward, people lined overnight to go past the queen’s coffin, some with sleeping infants.
Joy Hutchinson, 34, said she hoped Charles would keep the United Kingdom together after some blamed Brexit, Britain’s exit from the European Union, and other factors for weakening connections with Northern Ireland.
Charles drove through Hillsborough’s crowd-lined streets before exiting his car to shake hands with well-wishers to cries of “God Save the King.”
He arrived in Northern Ireland via Scotland, where he escorted the queen’s coffin up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile before joining his siblings for a 10-minute vigil at St Giles’ Cathedral. They stood with their heads bent at the four corners of the casket while members of the public passed by.