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Looking forward to better times Soon after the September/October 2022 issue of Edinburgh Life was published, our country found itself mourning the death, and celebrating the life, of Queen Elizabeth II. Our monarch of 70 years passed away at Balmoral and - perhaps fittingly - this gave Edinburgh the opportunity to honour the late Queen in proper ceremonial style before she was carried to London for her state funeral. As the Rt Hon Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Robert Aldridge said: “It’s thanks to the monumental efforts of all those involved that Edinburgh was able to say a heartfelt farewell to Her Majesty. This has been the result of a very detailed and successful planning operation that has been delivered flawlessly by a community of partners - and is a shining example of the power of coming together in diffi cult circumstances. I know many in Edinburgh will remember this for a lifetime, and we’re honoured to have played such an important role in this moment.” But life goes on, despite our sadness and the current political turmoil. King Charles III is our new sovereign, and although – as I write – we all await the identity of our 3rd Prime Minister in 2 months, let’s hope political and economic stability can be achieved soon: by those with power putting the UK first, rather than their self-interest. As usual there is an eclectic selection of material in this issue, which I trust will be an enjoyable diversion from the darker, colder nights. But of course, Christmas also approaches, so can I take this opportunity to wish one and all a very enjoyable festive season. Peter Bourhill Editor


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