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Queen Elizabeth's Coffin Transport Became the Most Tracked Flight in History

Queen Elizabeth's Coffin Transport Became the Most Tracked Flight in History


On the afternoon of September 8, 2022, the longest reigning monarch of England, her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully at one of the British Family's estates at Balmoral in Scotland.



While her successor, then-Prince Charles (now King Charles III), headed back to London to commence his new duties as King of the United Kingdom, the Queen's coffin remained in Scotland, traveling from Balmoral to Edinburgh via Motorcade. The monarch's last flight took place on Tuesday, bringing the coffin back to London. 


A Somber Return 


After remaining in Scotland for three days, the Queen's coffin was loaded onto a Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III and transported to RAF Northolt just outside of London. 


The Queen's would continue its journey from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Palace and Westminster in London. 


A Boeing C-17A  Globemaster III  similar to this one transported the Queen on her final flight | Photo: Jack Jarzynka






The Most Tracked Flight 


The flight from Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to RAF Northolt (NHT) took one hour and 12 minutes. Despite this short duration, the flight became the most tracked flight in history, with flight tracking website Flightradar24 registering a total of 5 million people following (tracking) the flight during its journey south from Scotland. 


The flight path the Queen took on her final flight | Photo: 


Adam Schupak
Adam Schupak is a member of the AeroXplorer staff team, writing articles and contributing to their podcast - Aerospace by AeroXplorer. Adam is interested in anything public transport related and is currently training to become a glider pilot.

Comments (3)

John Ward But, no where in this story is a figure mentioned! I think I remember something like 135,000, but, I might be way off!
257d ago • Reply
Adam Schupak 5 million people tracked the flight throughout her final jounrey
John Ward Duh! None so blind as those that cannot see! And, as a matter of interest....I was WAY OFF the mark!
257d ago • Reply

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