PHILADELPHIA - The Queen's coffin arrived at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.  She left Balmoral Castle in the early hours of this morning. A cortège carried the coffin through the city's streets until it reached Holyroodhouse. Thousands of people lined the procession route to watch the cortège. A mini-laying-in-state will also take place in St Giles' Cathedral. Afterward, she will lie in state at Westminster Hall in central London.

Scotland has been in mourning since the news of the Queen's death broke. The cortege is expected to travel six hours south to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Thousands of well-wishers have lined the roadside as the Queen's coffin approaches. The Queen, who ruled the United Kingdom for seven decades, died peacefully on September 8, at the age of 96. She had been suffering from health problems, and her husband, Prince William, made a frantic dash to be by her side. She also met the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

There are several drawings of the palace. The west range of the palace was drawn in 1649 by James Gordon of Rothiemay and reconstructed in the 1670s. A statue of Edward VII, designed by Henry Snell Gamley, sits on the forecourt. The palace also includes a 19th-century guardhouse. It is surrounded by buildings, including Holyrood Free Church and the Duchess of Gordon's School. The palace is also home to the Queen's Gallery, which displays works of art from the Royal Collection.


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