Queen Elizabeth II’s death in Scotland turns royal spotlight north

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The death of Queen Elizabeth II at her summer residence at Balmoral Castle has given Scotland an outsized role in Britain’s plans to mourn the monarch.

The Queen’s return trip to London begins here on Sunday, kicking off two days of elaborate ceremonies the sparsely populated nation would have missed had she died in England, where she spent most of her time. But her summer routine in Scotland prompted royal officials to devise a contingency plan, dubbed Operation Unicorn, in case she died in the north.


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