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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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Eisman identifies infrastructure as key investment opportunity

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Famed investor Steve Eisman, has shifted his focus to infrastructure, citing three main reasons.

 

The pandemic-induced shift towards onshore investment, the rise of AI necessitating data centre expansion, and the global push towards greener energy.

Eisman believes these trends offer a decade-long opportunity for investors, with Australia presenting ample opportunities for market participation.

Notable companies to consider for exposure include BlueScope and James Hardie Industries for building materials, Macquarie Technology and Goodman Group for data centres, and Worley, AGL Energy, and Origin Energy for electricity grid upgrades and green infrastructure.

However, Eisman cautions investors to approach utility investments carefully, considering their capital expenditure budgets in renewable energy and grid upgrades.

 

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Civil War cinema brings in the box office dollars

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Alex Garland’s film “Civil War” has made a significant impact at the box office, surpassing expectations with a $25.7 million opening weekend in North America.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, and Cailee Spaeny, the film explores a near-future scenario where California and Texas unite against a president’s authoritarian regime. Despite fictional elements, “Civil War” has sparked widespread discussion, with its themes resonating in today’s political climate. The film’s performance, coupled with positive reviews, suggests a promising trajectory in the coming weeks, bolstered by a relatively quiet release schedule.

You can catch the trailer here

 

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Oil likely to see hike following Iran’s Israel attack

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Global oil markets are poised for potential disruption as tensions escalate in the Middle East following Iran’s recent attack on Israel.

The attack, which targeted key infrastructure, has raised concerns about the stability of oil supplies in the region.

Experts predict that the incident could lead to a spike in oil prices as investors react to the heightened geopolitical risk. #ticker today #featured

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