Mourners wait “up to 30 hours” to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

People in London wanting to get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin can expect to wait in line for 30 hours – and should expect to stand the entire time.

Officials estimate a mile-long line to see the late Queen, who will be in state from Wednesday until her funeral on September 19 in Westminster.

“Queues could last up to 30 hours as we are obviously anticipating and planning for unprecedented demand,” Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan told Tory lawmakers in a group chat, according to the Mirror.

The government expects 750,000 mourners, more than three times the number the Queen Mother died two decades ago, the newspaper said.

The line will be open 24 hours a day until Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II resides in state.
People queue in Victoria Tower Gardens for the ceremony of the handover of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in London, September 13, 2022. The queen’s handover at Westminster Hall begins on the afternoon of September 14 and lasts four days.
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Signs were put up in the line’s route on Tuesday, telling mourners they must have a bracelet to enter the queue, and port-a-potties were placed along the route.

“You will have to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue is constantly moving,” people have been warned, according to the Mirror.

Visitors are only allowed to carry small bags and are not allowed to bring any food or drink with them on the tour.

Mourning Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster.
Vanessa, Anne and Grace, left to right, wait opposite the Palace of Westminster to be first in line to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London on Tuesday 13th September 2022.

After their long wait, the mourners will see the Queen’s coffin on a raised platform and will not be able to stay long as the line is constantly moving.

Mourners are asked to walk past the coffin without stopping.

According to the UK government website, there will be an airport-style security check upon entry.

The Funeral of the Queen Mother.
Members of the public files walk past the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, as she lies in state Monday April 8, 2002, at Westminster Hall, London.

Tens of thousands of people lined up in Edinburgh to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II before her coffin is flown to London on Tuesday.

A die-hard royal woman told the BBC she had already seen the Queen’s coffin seven times in 16 hours when she was seen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

“There’s something divine about it and it’s deeply moving,” said Elizabeth Sabey, a missionary and evangelist, after traveling from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, to see the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth the second
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, died on Thursday 8 September 2022. She was 96 years old.

“It’s indescribable and I’m deeply moved every time I go through it. I wouldn’t miss it so I kept coming back time and time again.”

“She’s not just a figurehead, she’s actually a spiritual representative who lived the life of Jesus in a pure, humble way,” Sabey said. Mourners wait “up to 30 hours” to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin


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