Queen’s latest flight to London is the most-watched in the history of the tracking website

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The flight that carried the Queen’s coffin from Edinburgh to London has become the most watched trip in the history of a major flight tracking website.

According to Flightradar24.com, more than five million people watched the flight’s journey across the UK: 4.79 million on its website or mobile app, and another 296,000 on its YouTube channel.

“Seventy years after her maiden flight as Queen aboard BOAC Argonaut ‘Atalanta’, Queen Elizabeth II’s final flight is the most watched flight in Flightradar24’s history,” the communications director said. by Flightradar24, Ian Petchenik.

So many people watched the journey from Edinburgh Airport to Royal Air Force Base Northolt near Uxbridge in Greater London that the website gave way under the numbers and temporarily crashed .

The plane, an RAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, took off from Edinburgh at 5.20pm on Tuesday September 13 and landed at Northolt at 6.32pm.

In a blog post on their websiteFlightradar24 said: “The Royal Air Force flight carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt near London set a flight tracking record on Flightradar24, with five million people following it.

“Within the first minute of the plane’s transponder being activated, six million people attempted to click on the flight carrying the Queen.”

The site said it put “unprecedented pressure on the Flightradar24 platform”.

The coffin was accompanied by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

After the plane landed, the coffin was transferred by hearse to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, where it spent the night in the Bow Room. In the early afternoon, it will be moved to Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster.

Viewership figures broke the previous trip record of three million viewers, who tuned in to watch the US Speaker of the House of Representatives fly to Taiwan in August.

The FlightRadar24 team said they had even more engagement with the trip than the official viewership figures, processing “76.2 million inquiries related to this flight alone – that’s any user action , such as clicking the flight icon, clicking the aircraft information in the left box, or adjusting the settings.”

They added that the route “will probably stay at the top for a long time”.

The Queen’s coffin is due to leave Buckingham Palace at 2.22pm on Wednesday, carried by a gun carriage.

From there it will take The Mall Horse Guards Road, through Horse Guards Parade and through Whitehall to Parliament Square and on to the Palace of Westminster.

Members of the Royal Family, including the Queen’s four children and Princes William and Harry, will follow the carriage on foot.

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