Queen Elizabeth II rests at St Giles Cathedral #Edinburgh

Having spent Sunday night in the throne room at Holyrood Palace (see my recent post for photographs), today, the Queen’s coffin will travel up the Edinburgh Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral, the High Kirk (parish church) of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Just over a month ago, I explored this 12th century cathedral, so today I would like to share some of my photographs of what is to be the final Scottish location for our beloved queen before her body is taken down to England to lie in state in Westminster.

The intricate ceiling

And to give you some idea of the size of the Cathedral…

RIP Queen Elizabeth II


  1. Wonderful pictures. A fitting place for the Queen to rest.

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    1. Indeed it is. She will be there for 24 hours, for the public to pay their respects.

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  2. A gorgeous cathedral, Deborah. Thanks for the beautiful photos. We just don’t have those kinds of places in the US. A lovely place to bid farewell to the queen. ❤

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    1. I wish I’d taken more, but it’s tricky trying to take photos with so many people eagerly studying every inch of the interior!

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      1. I can imagine. It would be amazing to be there alone on so many levels.

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Debby. Your photos are beautiful.

    It’s been a sad few days, hasn’t it? I can’t remember a time (even at my advanced age) when Queen Elizabeth wasn’t on the throne, and I was saddened by her passing. Then we had 9/11 tributes and memorial services all day yesterday. I had to turn the tv off, as I couldn’t stop crying.

    Today, I’m trying to remember the good things, including that people often step up when the need arises, and heroes are born out of tragedy of all sorts. That’s what I’m focusing on now, and it helps.

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    1. Thanks for those wise words, Marcia. So much sadness around us is making me feel pretty melancholy just now. Within the 12 days of national mourning also falls the third anniversary (on Saturday) of my mother’s passing, so it’s a particularly tough time, but remembering the good times helps.

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      1. Jane Sturgeon · ·

        ❤ Debby ❤

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  4. That’s a lot of to deal with at one time, but you have the right idea. Celebrate their lives, the love and affection, and the good times you shared. Those are the things we cherish and hold on to, and they are memories that make the losses easier to bear. Sending you loads of love right right now. (Well, always, really, but especially right now!) ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you, my friend ❤

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  5. An irreplaceable leader.

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    1. Absolutely ❤

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  6. Stunning Cathedral. I watched it all on Tv. Magnificent. ❤

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    1. It’s quite awe-inspiring to stand inside it. I found a quiet corner and sat on a stone bench for a while, just soaking it up.


      1. I’d have done the same 🙂

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  7. A gorgeous cathedral, Deborah!

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    1. Beautiful, isn’t it? Thanks for taking a look 😁

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