Mourners Face 30-Hour Wait To Pay Respects As Queen's Coffin Lies In State
Crowds lined the route to see the coffin on its journey from Buckingham Palace down Pall Mall, Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall.
(Bloomberg) -- Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrived in Westminster Hall to begin four days of lying in state, as members of the public wishing to pay their respects were warned they could face a queue of as long as 30 hours to do so.
Crowds lined the route to see the coffin on its short journey from Buckingham Palace down Pall Mall, Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall on Wednesday, as King Charles III followed on foot. He was joined by his sons, Princes William and Harry, and other members of the royal family.
It was the second time in less than a week that William and Harry have been seen side by side after the death of the grandmother, following a reported rift between the two brothers.
Inside Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament, the coffin was placed on a raised platform ready for members of the public to visit.
With hundreds of thousands of people expected, the government set up a queue route from Southwark Park, along the river Thames on the South Bank, across Lambeth Bridge and into the Palace of Westminster.
Including all the zig-zags at both ends, the line could stretch a total of 10 miles and take over a day at its busiest. The queue may be closed at some point to ensure those waiting are guaranteed to see the lying in state before it closes at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral.
“We do expect it to be extremely busy,” the prime minister’s spokesman Max Blain said when asked about the logistical challenges and whether people could realistically queue for so long. “Our focus is on ensuring they have the information needed to make the decision about what’s right for them.”
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