The Crown of Scotland will be placed on the Queen’s coffin as she lies in repose in Edinburgh.
Historically, the crown has been used ceremonially to represent the sovereign’s presence and it will be placed on the coffin of Elizabeth II by Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, the 16th Duke of Hamilton.
Historic Environment Scotland has confirmed he will stay with the Queen while she rests at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh – where thousands of Scots are expected to turn up to pay their last respects.
Large crowds are expected to be present at the cathedral, where mourners will be allowed to file past the Queen’s coffin from around 5.30pm on Monday until 3.00pm on Tuesday.
After that, Scotland’s crown will be returned to Edinburgh Castle – where it is usually on display – and will be on display for visitors when the castle reopens on Wednesday.
The Crown of Scotland is on loan to Historic Environment Scotland, who care for it on behalf of the Curatorial Commissioners of the Regalia.
Crafted from gold, silver and precious stones, the crown is the centerpiece of the Honors of Scotland – which are Britain’s oldest Crown Jewels and among the oldest in Europe.
Special wristbands will be issued to those wishing to view the Queen’s coffin while it is in St Giles’, with a queue to start at George Square Lane/North Meadow Walk at The Meadows, where a wristband per no one will be delivered.
Only people with wristbands will be allowed in and flowers will not be allowed in.
Anyone planning to attend is warned to expect long waits and airport-style security checks.
Mourners are also asked to walk past the casket without stopping to ensure that as many people as possible can pay their respects.
A series of local and major road closures remain in place as ceremonies continue to take place in the town centre, with those planning to pay their respects to St Giles being asked to access George Square by public transport or foot.