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The Queen’s final journey, as millions pay tribute

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The Queen’s coffin has arrived in Edinburgh, after a six-hour journey from Balmoral Palace through Scotland

The Queen is on her way to her final resting place in London. Thousands of people lined the streets of Scotland to witness the sad but historic moment.

Many farmers formed a guard of honour. Crowds applauded as the Queen’s coffin was slowly driven along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The coffin will remain at Holyroodhouse overnight and will proceed to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday afternoon.

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The coffin will remain under continuous vigil for 24 hours, with the public able to pay their respects, with viewings around the clock.

Her Majesty’s coffin will then be flown from Edinburgh to London on a Royal air force flight, with her daughter Anne by her side.

From here, the coffin will move from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, and lie in state, until the morning of the funeral on September 19.

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Meanwhile, King Charles the third has hosted an audience with Commonwealth General Secretary Patricia Scotland at Buckingham Palace.

The new King met with with representatives from the Commonwealth as he takes on the role as head of the union.

He left Buckingham Palace to cheers from the crowds.

On Monday he will visit Westminster Hall, where both Houses of Parliament will meet to express their condolences.

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Tributes to Her Majesty

The Archbishop of Canterbury paid his respects to the late Monarch.

“[People were] always struck by her ability to make them feel as though they were the most important, the only person in the room, the only person in the street, in the crowd…

Both Her late Majesty and His Majesty treat others as special because, for both, their faith is built on the same rock – the rock of Christ…

This is a moment of deep grief, indeed. As Her Majesty said herself, grief is the price we pay for love.”

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby pose for a photograph after his act of ‘Homage’, in Buckingham Palace in central London February 26, 2013. The act of ‘Homage’ to the Queen is one of a number of formal stages before he begins his public ministry in Church and State. REUTERS/Anthony Devlin/Pool (BRITAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY RELIGION ROYALS) – LM1E92Q16N501

In Wales, Welsh politicians have also stopped to reflect on the life of their Queen.

First Minister Mark Drakeford says the monarch’s “personal commitment to Wales and its democratic institutions” was extraordinary.

The reflection follows a proclamation ceremony in Cardiff, with the proceedings beginning with a minute’s silence.

Drakeford says the Queen lived a “remarkable life” with an “overriding sense of duty”.

Meanwhile, a number of sporting champions have also paid their respects to Her Majesty.

Golfer Rory McIlroy recalled the last time her met with her, saying it was a ‘wonderful’ moment.

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If there’s one thing the Queen is good at its bringing people together.

Prince William and Harry reunited to show their respects and greet well-wishers outside Windsor Castle.

Alongside their wives Catherine and Meghan, it is the first time the couples have been seen together in months.

In a show of solidarity, they spent time thanking the people who loved their grandmother.

It follows Prince William pledging his support to King Charles.

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Marmalade farewell

And you might remember that time when Paddington Bear met the Queen. Well-wishers have left a marmalade sandwich amongst the flowers for the Queen’s final trip.

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There are more heavy hearts than you could ever count, as thousands pay their respects.

At London Bridge, Musician, Anna Lapwood, spontaneously stopped at the station organ to play for the Queen, when security guard, Marcella, asked to join in.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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