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Queen’s coffin lying in rest at St Giles’ Cathedral



The commemorations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth continue, as her coffin lays in rest at St Giles’ Cathedral in Scotland

Members of the public are now able to file past to pay their respects, with many mourners bursting into tears as they do so.

It follows King Charles III leading a vigil alongside his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The symbolic service saw the Queen’s four children surround her coffin to stand guard for a short time.

Earlier in the day, Charles addressed U.K. parliament for the first time as King, at Westminster Hall.

He paid tribute to his mother, as the Speakers of the Commons and Lords gave their formal condolences.

Charles described parliament as the “living and breathing instrument” of Britain’s democracy, vowing to follow the Queen’s “selfless duty” during his reign.

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During this event, Charles was visibly moved as ‘God Save the King’ was sung out by those in attendance.

Charles also addressed the Scottish Parliament for the first time as monarch.

Joined by his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, the event allows motion Members of the Scottish Parliament to reflect on the Queen’s life of “exceptional public service”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recounted her fond memories of Queen Elizabeth II.

Like his mother, Charles says he has the greatest sense of admiration for the Scottish people.

So what’s next?

Following the Vigil, the Queen’s coffin will rest at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh until 5:00 PM local time on Tuesday.

It will then be transported from Edinburgh to the city’s airport, before it is flown to west London.

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Princess Anne will accompany her mother, as the coffin makes its way to Buckingham Palace.

Here it will be met by King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort.

Up until that point, the King and Queen Consort will continue their tour of the nations by visiting Belfast, before travelling to London.

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Ivan carves path of utter destruction



After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian is headed for Carolinas, Georgia

A grim picture of Hurricane Ian’s horrific wreckage emerged Thursday, as millions of people in Florida faced destroyed homes, completely flooded streets and power outages.

The storm’s power turned out to be worse than many had predicted.

Unfortunately, families who did not evacuate have been left stranded as rising water tore through their homes.

So far, hundreds have been rescued from floodwaters, and emergency crews are still struggling to reach some of the most devastated areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 12-18 feet hit as destructive waves struck the coast.

Officials say the hurricane knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers, mainly in southwest and central Florida.

Meanwhile, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) says that the next 72 hours will certainly be the most critical when it comes to rescue missions.

President Biden said there were ‘early reports of what may be substantial loss of life’ saying, that the numbers are still unclear but there are early reports of fatalities.

The President added, “water rescue is critical—Coast Guard deployed 16 rescue helicopter, six fixed wing aircraft and 18-rescue boats and crews. That’s just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams that were pre-staged in Florida.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis detailed the state’s “monumental effort” to help aid recovery and eventually rebuild.

“Those were really difficult images to see but we’re committed to restoring the infrastructure as needed. That is not going to be an overnight task. That is going to require a lot of love and care—it’s going to require a lot of resources, but we’re going to do it because we understand how important it is.”

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm



Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia



Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Finland will close its border with Russia as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed theirs.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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