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Archbishop Cushley reads at Queen’s service

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh read at the service of thanksgiving for the Queen today.

Held in St Giles’ high kirk in Edinburgh, the Archbishop read from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.

The service was preceded by Her Majesty’s coffin travelling up the Royal Mile from the Palace of Holyroodhouse with King Charles III leading the procession behind.

He was accompanied by Princess Anne and Prince Andrew.

Inside St Giles’, King Charles III, the Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family were in attendance alongside religious and political leaders including Archbishop Leo Cushley, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said Her Majesty ‘began her reign, like King Solomon by asking for wisdom, something that she demonstrated in large measure and to which was added duty, honour, commitment, and faith.’

“These are the words that we reach for today to describe the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth, whose passing is mourned not only in her native land but across the Commonwealth and the world, as has been so evident to us in recent days,” he said.

Members of the public will be able to pay respects to the Queen lying in rest at St Giles’ from 5pm today until 3pm tomorrow.

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