Queen Elizabeth II: Mourners brave cold nights to pay respects

Queen Elizabeth II: Mourners brave cold nights to pay respects

 

Tens of thousands of mourners braved the cold last night to pay their respects to the Queen lying-in-state at the Palace of Westminster, as the Government warned people would have to wait more than 24 hours in what is thought to be the world’s longest queue.

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Wait times increased to more than 25 hours overnight as thousands of mourners wrapped up to stay warm and keep their place in the five-mile line to file past the Queen’s coffin before her state funeral on Monday.

 

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 Queen Elizabeth II: Mourners brave cold nights to pay respects Queen Elizabeth II: Mourners brave cold nights to pay respects

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport’s (DCMS) online tracker said the expected wait time was at least 25 hours as people queued from Southwark Park in south-east London to pay their respects to the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall, about five miles away, at about 1.15am today.

Meanwhile, UK Metropolitan Police says a man has been arrested while approaching Queen Elizabeth’s coffin from a queue of mourners in Westminster Hall.

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He was arrested in Westminster Hall following an alleged disturbance and taken into custody, under the Public Order Act.

According to a police statement, the incident occurred on Friday night.

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A Parliament spokesperson says the man moved out of the queue and towards the catafalque.

He was removed from the hall and the queue restarted with minimal disruption.

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Earlier Friday evening, King Charles III was joined by siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, in a vigil in the hall.

Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall until the day of her funeral on Monday, September 19.

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