How and where can I offer my condolences after Queen's death?

Busloads of wellwishers have been flocking to Balmoral - here's some of the places you can leave tributes to the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96: How and where can I offer my condolences PA Media

Millions are paying tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II as the nation enters a state of mourning after her death.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch died peacefully at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon with her family by her side.

The new King – her eldest son Charles – described his mother’s death as “a moment of the greatest sadness” for himself and his family.

He wrote: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Thousands have gathered to pay their respects in Balmoral, Edinburgh and London.

Where can I leave flowers?

Mourners in Scotland can place floral tributes at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse or at the Main Gate of Balmoral Castle.

It will also be possible to leave flowers at designated public buildings and locations approved by the Cabinet Office. 

Wellwishers flock to Balmoral

Busloads of people have been arriving at the gates to Balmoral Castle to pay tribute to the late Queen.

Park and Ride facilities are currently operating from Ballater and Braemar for those wishing to leave flowers and pay their respects.

Floral tributes laid outside the gates to Windsor Castle.Richard Heathcote / Staff via Getty Images

Access to the castle gates by road is temporarily not permitted, but buses will be departing from both villages for Balmoral throughout the day, Aberdeenshire Council said.

Disabled car parking facilities will be provided in the coach park at the Crathie Bridge.

Only floral tributes are being accepted – no other items such as candles, soft toys or photographs should be brought, the council said.

St Giles’ Cathedral

A procession on Monday is expected along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to St Giles’ Cathedral, where a service and vigil will take place featuring members of the royal family.

The public may get the chance to file past the Queen’s coffin at a mini lying in state in St Giles.

Books of condolence

The royal website has opened an online book allowing members of the public to express their condolences.

Buckingham Palace announced that there are no physical books of condolence at the Royal Residences.

The royal digital book of condolence is available here.

Official books of condolence can be found at some churches and council-run buildings across Scotland.

Books will be available at Glasgow City Chambers and East Renfrewshire Council’s Eastwood and Barrhead offices, Dundee City Chambers, Perth and Kinross Council building and West Lothian Council’s Civic Centre in Livingston.

Edinburgh Council has opened its own online book of condolence. Check your local council website for more locations.

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