Expected ‘Overnight’ Queues for Queen Elizabeth’s Stately Representation
In tight security, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to travel to London to see the queen’s coffin.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to line up at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin during her state of being laid in. This will begin on Wednesday night and last until the morning of her funeral.
The British culture ministry announced that the public will be able to file past a coffin from 5 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT) Wednesday, September 14, through 6.30 a.m. (05.30 GMT), September 19.
“Those who wish to attend will have to wait for many hours, perhaps overnight,” said the Department for Digital, Culture, and Sport in its guidelines. It stressed that people would not be able to sit down because the queue would move continuously.
“Large crowds can be expected. People are advised to check ahead, plan accordingly and be ready for long wait times.
We were expecting unprecedented numbers of people, and the queue could extend up to eight kilometers (five miles). To help thousands of civilian stewards manage the crowds, 1,500 soldiers will be deployed.
It said that the government was preparing for the “very real probability” that London will be “full” for the first time.
The state funeral will be attended by world leaders next Monday by Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who was 96 years old when he died.
Tens of thousands have already placed flowers at Buckingham Palace, and Windsor Castle, and crowds gathered in Scotland to witness her funeral procession make its six-hour journey from Balmoral, Scotland’s Highlands to Edinburgh.
On Monday, more people will line the streets of the city as the flag-draped coffin, with Charles III and other members of the royal family, is taken to St Giles Cathedral in the 12th Century.
A palace official stated that they will hold a 24-hour vigil at the cathedral while the coffin is still there “to allow people of Scotland to pay the last respects”.
The coffin will be driven to Buckingham Palace by Princess Anne, the daughter of the Queen’s son.
Next day, there will be a procession through central London. After that, the lying in state at Westminster Hall (the oldest building that makes up parliament) is scheduled to begin.
The coffin will be placed on a platform called a catafalque at Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament.
The ministry warned that there could be delays in public transport and road closures in the region.
Airport security will require that visitors turn off their phones before they can pass.
They are allowed to bring one small bag, with one zipper, but no food, drinks, or flowers into the building.
Respect the dignity of this event, and be respectful. The advice was to remain calm inside the Palace of Westminster.
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