The line to see the Queen’s coffin reaches a 24-hour wait as mourners brave the cold night

The queue to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall reached a record-breaking 24 hours as the UK government issued a warning to mourners who had to queue overnight.

Temperatures plummeted to 41F in the early hours of Saturday as more people joined the line that snaked around the center of the capital.

The queue for Her Majesty’s State Confession at Westminster Hall saw many pay their respects one last time after her death aged 96 on September 8.

The landmark opened its doors to the general public on Wednesday and will remain open 24 hours each day before closing at 6:30am on September 19 – the day of Her Majesty’s state funeral.

“The expected waiting time is over 24 hours and nighttime temperatures will be cold,” Britain’s Culture Ministry warned on Friday evening. The line reached its maximum capacity earlier that day and was closed for 6 hours.

Shrouded against the cold, citizens.
Bundled up against the cold, members of the public near the end of their 12-hour wait as the queue to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II nears the end outside Westminster Hall in the middle of the night on September 17, 2022.
Getty Images

The UK Government’s live tracker, updated in real time showing where the end of the queue is, is urging newcomers not to travel to join the queue.

Mourners who have already secured their place in line are asked not to reserve a seat for others or leave personal belongings unattended. It is also frowned upon for the queues to set up tents during the long wait.

Thousands of saddened citizens stood ready to say their goodbyes – with the government expecting at least 750,000 people this week.

Wrapped up child.
Members of the public can pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II 23 hours a day from 5:00 p.m. on 17 September 2022 to 6:30 a.m. on 19 September 2022.
Getty Images

Mourners must obtain a wristband to join the line, with water fountains and portable toilets placed along the route for relief.

For many, being able to spend minutes with the coffin means hours of discomfort in cold temperatures and rain. Hundreds of mourners who were in pain while waiting or had other medical problems have sought out medical professionals.

“We’ve been very busy today,” a paramedic at Saint John’s ambulance told The Post on Friday. “I think a lot of people have had a lot of discomfort, aches and pains from queuing for so long. We’ve had quite a few people feeling powerless and actually passed out today.”

Those who queued on Friday got more than they expected after unexpectedly rubbing shoulders with soccer star David Beckham.

The former England football captain paid his respects to the Queen after waiting in line for over 12 hours.

The famous soccer player, 47, said BBC He waited just over 12 hours, wiping tears after seeing the coffin.

Former England footballer David Beckham visits the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
Former England footballer David Beckham visited Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on September 16, 2022.
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

“We all want to be here together, witnessing and celebrating the amazing life of our Queen. I think something like that is meant to be shared here today,” Beckham told reporters outside the hall.

But Friday was not without drama as chaos ensued after a man rushed to Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Westminster Hall, prompting police officers to arrest him.

The shocking scene played out around 10pm in front of dozens of horrified witnesses who waited in line for most of the day to pay their respects to Elizabeth.

The Metropolitan Police took the suspect into custody after he jumped out of line, climbed the steps to the catafalque and touched the coffin.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/17/line-to-see-queens-coffin-reaches-24-hour-wait-as-mourners-brave-cold-night/ The line to see the Queen’s coffin reaches a 24-hour wait as mourners brave the cold night

JACLYN DIAZ

USTimeToday is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@ustimetoday.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button