Queen's final journey from Edinburgh to London most tracked flight in history

More than five million people followed the queen's coffin as it left Scotland for the final time

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is carried from a plane on Tuesday by the Queen's Colour Squadron and lifted into the state hearse at RAF Northolt in London, to be taken to Buckingham Palace. AP
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Queen Elizabeth's final flight, which saw her coffin moved from Edinburgh to London, became the most tracked in history on Tuesday, with more than 5 million people viewing the journey.

Flightradar24 said a total of 4.79 million people watched the flight live online, with another 250,000 people watching on its YouTube channel.

The flight-tracking website said an unprecedented six million people tried to follow the flight within the first minute of the Boeing C17A Globemaster turning on its transponder at Edinburgh's airport, affecting the stability of the platform.

"Seventy years after her first flight as queen aboard the BOAC Argonaut 'Atalanta', Queen Elizabeth II's final flight is the most tracked flight in Flightradar24 history," the site's spokesman said.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch died in Balmoral, Scotland, on September 8. Her funeral will take place on Monday.

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The late monarch is lying in state in London's Westminster Hall, where mourners can visit to pay their last respects.

Flightradar24 said the flight was more than twice the previous record of 2.2 million, when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew on a controversial visit to Taiwan in August.

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Updated: September 15, 2022, 5:55 AM