Edinburgh reflects on momentous few days on world stage

View from City Chambers of the procession of HM Queen Elizabeth's cortège to St Giles' Cathedral.

The significant operation to get the city moving again is now underway, following the departure of the Queen’s cortège from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Workers are working around the clock to rapidly remove temporary traffic management infrastructure and provide waste and cleansing services across the city centre. Teams are also reopening key routes to minimise disruption to residents and visitors as quickly as possible. 

Key north to south corridors will be the first to reopen this evening, including Princes Street, Lothian Road and the Bridges. 

The Royal Mile will remain closed, with George IV Bridge and The Mound expected to reopen tomorrow (Wednesday).

This work follows an unparalleled period of time for the city, with thousands lining the streets and the eyes of the world watching significant ceremonial events to mark the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.  

The Queen’s cortège arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Sunday afternoon, with The King and members of the Royal Family following on Monday to participate in the Ceremony of the Keys. They then joined a historic procession up the Royal Mile and a service at St Giles’ Cathedral, where the Queen lay at rest until her final departure for London.

There were also two public Proclamations in Edinburgh on Sunday to announce the Accession of The King.
Hundreds of thousands of people descended on the city to pay their respects and millions more across the world tuned into the broadcast coverage. 

Council Leader Cammy Day said: 

First of all, I would like to thank everyone in Edinburgh for their patience, support and positivity over what has been both an incredibly challenging and hugely rewarding few days for us all.

The eyes of the world were upon us and our Capital city looked her beautiful best throughout. This is due in no small part to the incredible efforts of an army of volunteers, partners and council workers, who have gone far above and beyond to deliver an incredibly complex series of ceremonial events almost overnight – and all while keeping the city running. They are now doing everything they can to focus on busy areas and get everything back to normal.

The collective farewell that Edinburgh has given to Her Majesty has been an impeccable and fitting representation of our city as its very best. We should all feel incredibly proud of our communities today.

Rt Hon Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh Robert Aldridge, said: 

The last four days have marked a significant, historic occasion globally, and it is with immense pride that we look back on Edinburgh’s contribution. It’s thanks to the monumental efforts of all those involved that we, along with the public, were able to say a heartfelt farewell to Her Majesty, whose strong connection to the Capital and Scotland was widely known.

This has been the result of a very detailed and successful planning operation that has been delivered flawlessly by a community of partners and is a shining example of the power of coming together in difficult circumstances.

I know many will remember this for a lifetime, and we’re honoured to have played such an important role in this moment.

Residents and visitors are still being advised to plan ahead and regularly check the Council website for the latest advice, road closures and public transport information.

The @edintravel traffic information team are continuing to carefully monitor the city’s roads, sharing the latest information on disruption and diversions on Twitter.

The travelling public should also follow Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams to stay informed about their services.


Published: September 13th 2022