Scotland’s papers: Nation bids final farewell to Queen of Scots

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Wednesday’s papers are dominated by the Queen’s coffin leaving Scotland for the last time. The Metro reports that the nation said goodbye to the ‘Queen of Scots’ on Tuesday after an RAF plane carrying her coffin left Edinburgh.

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The Scotsman’s front page also carries an image of what it describes as a “final goodbye”. The paper says Princess Anne, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack watched from the tarmac as the Queen’s coffin was placed on the plane in front of a guard of honor from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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Scotland’s Daily Star says the Queen’s coffin left Scotland accompanied by Princess Anne. The newspaper reports that the Princess Royal said: “It was an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys.”

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The Scottish Daily Express presents a picture of members of the Queen’s Squadron carrying the late monarch’s coffin on its final flight to London. The aircraft was used last summer to evacuate thousands of people fleeing the Taliban in Kabul.

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The Scottish Sun reports that the UK national anthem was playing as the plane prepared to take off from Edinburgh Airport. The paper also said 33,000 mourners paid their respects to the Queen as her coffin lay in state overnight at St Giles’ Cathedral.

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The Scottish Daily Mail also features a striking image of the Queen’s coffin being carried on the final leg of her epic journey across Scotland, from Balmoral to Edinburgh. The newspaper reports that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland has said a final and poignant farewell to our much-loved Elizabeth, Queen of Scots.

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Around 30,000 tearful mourners lined the streets from Monday to Tuesday evening to see Her Majesty lie in state in Edinburgh, reports i. Groups of well-wishers waited up to 13 hours in queues stretching five miles across the capital.

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The Courier presents a photograph of the plane carrying the Queen’s coffin taking off from Edinburgh for London. The newspaper’s headline quotes First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: “We’ll never see her like this again.”

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The Daily Telegraph reports that the late Queen, who left Scotland for the last time on Tuesday night and returned to Buckingham Palace, was surrounded by cheers, applause and the flash of countless camera phones as she made her slow journey through the streets of London. In the dark and pouring rain, well-wishers lined the streets in a show of respect and emotion.

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The Edinburgh Evening News reports that tens of thousands of people paid their respects at St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, with demand so high that the queue had to be closed in the afternoon.

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The Daily Record reports that the nation bid farewell to the Queen as people lined the historic streets of Edinburgh for the third day in a row to see the coffin leave the cathedral.

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The National leads with the comments of one of its columnists, saying that “modern Britain these days has regressed into a grotesque 18th-century parody of itself”. The National’s Kevin McKenna writes that he had hoped the Queen’s funeral would be marked by a sense of quiet dignity, but it has instead been used as fanfare for a lost empire.

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The Press and Journal leads the first day of the Renee MacRae murder trial. The newspaper says the trial heard witness Catherine Johnstone’s account of the night Mrs MacRae and her three-year-old son Andrew disappeared in 1976. Mrs Johnstone said she heard a “blood curdling scream”.

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A fashion shop manager in Aberdeen has been jailed for violently and emotionally abusing his girlfriend, the Evening Express has reported. Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard he also made a series of Instagram posts telling the woman and his friend they would “answer for what they did”.

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And the Evening Telegraph reports that the price of a pint in Tayside and Fife could rise to £9 as pubs struggle to survive the cost of living crisis.

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