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READ: Flight carrying Queen Elizabeth’s coffin becomes most tracked plane in history

The flight carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt became the most tracked plane in history, according to website FlightRadar24. Around six million people tried to follow the route of Her Late Majesty just one minute after its departure from Edinburgh Airport.

Unfortunately, the huge surge of traffic to the website caused it to crash. More than 4.7 million people headed to the website while 296,000 were watching a stream on YouTube.

The Queen’s coffin was on board an RAF Globemaster C-17 and was accompanied by her daughter, The Princess Royal, and Sir Tim Laurence after 24 hours of lying-in rest at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

The flight used the callsign, Kittyhawk, which was used for any flight that Queen Elizabeth II was on.

In a statement released shortly after arriving back at RAF Northolt, Princess Anne said, “It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys.” The Princess Royal had travelled behind the Queen’s hearse from Balmoral to Edinburgh.

Also waiting at RAF Northolt for the C-17’s arrival was Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.

The previous record for the most tracked flight came in August 2022 when United States Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, made what some deemed a controversial visit to Taiwan. This flight was followed by 2.2 million people on FlightRadar24.

FlightRadar24 commented, “Even though our platform suffered under such heavy load, Queen Elizabeth II’s final flight from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt is by far the all-time most tracked flight on FlightRadar24 and will likely remain at the top for a long time.”

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