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Queen's death left Edinburgh council staff 'working 18-hour days' amid Operation Unicorn

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The Queen's death forced Edinburgh council officers to work 18-hour days as the capital came front and centre in the aftermath of her passing, a councillor has claimed.

Concerns have been raised that the council will be left to "foot the bill" for Operation Unicorn, and calls have been made for the total cost to the local authority to be detailed in a report.

Within hours of confirmation of the late monarch's passing at the age of 96 earlier this month, council chiefs sprang into action outlining logistical preparations for the arrival of the late monarch's coffin, the new King and other members of the Royal Family, according to EdinburghLive.

Edinburgh would host several significant events including a procession and funeral at the Royal Mile attracting massive crowds, it was also quickly confirmed.With schools, roads and local services impacted, council officers were mobilised to help plan and manage the operation, which was led by the UK and Scottish Governments.But questions were raised about its cost and impact on staff at a full council meeting on Thursday.

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