A number of major roads and two primary schools in Edinburgh have been closed in preparation for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin in the city.

The body of the former monarch will be moved from the Aberdeenshire estate of Balmoral on Sunday and will lie in state at the Palace of Holyroodhouse before being carried in procession to St Giles’ Cathedral.

She will lie in state for 24 hours, allowing members of the public to pay their respects.

However, the process, known as ‘Operation Unicorn’ after Scotland’s national animal, means a number of well-known access routes will be closed for several days.

Edinburgh City Council said it was working with Police Scotland to plan for mourners to arrive from across the country.

Royal Mile Primary School, Abbeyhill Primary School and Cowgate Early Learning Center will be closed to pupils on Monday and Tuesday due to their proximity to the events.

People are advised to avoid the Old City unless they are participating in mourning activities or planning important travel ahead to deal with the obstacles.

Roads in Edinburgh are completely closed

  • Abbeyhill on Abbeyhill Crescent
  • Abbeyhill on Abbey Lane
  • Abbey Mount on Regent Road
  • Carrington Road at Crewe Road South
  • Carrington Road at East Fetts Avenue
  • Fettes Avenue
  • Queens Drive east of the roundabout (Holyrood Gait entrance)
  • Entrance to Holyrood Park on Meadowbank Terrace
  • East Market Street at the junction with Jeffrey Street
  • New Street south of Waverley car park entrance
  • Old Talbot Wind
  • Calton Road to Abbeyhill Crescent
  • Canongate on St Mary Street – Geoffrey Street
  • High Street in George IV – Mound
  • High Street at Cockburn Street
  • St Giles Street to North Bank Street
  • Calton Road to Leith Street (local access only)

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