The Queen’s Reclining opens to the public as thousands of mourners line up

It’s a big day for royal fans in London who want to pay their respects to Her Majesty.

Westminster Hall will open its doors to the general public for the delivery of the late monarch, where mourners can walk past the late Queen’s coffin.

Before the grand opening at 5pm, the coffin will finally make its way to its final destination ahead of Her Majesty’s state funeral on Monday.

The coffin is carried out of Buckingham Palace at 2:22 p.m. local time for the 38-minute journey to Westminster Hall.

King Charles III will lead the procession and will be accompanied by his sons, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, as well as Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.

Her Majesty’s Royal Bed opens at 5pm for those wishing to walk past the coffin of the late monarch.

Mourners can expect to wait in line for over 30 hours – and should expect to stand the entire time.

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

The Palace of Westminster is open 24 hours a day and closes at 6:30am on September 19th.

Guardsman Buckingham Palace
Guardsmen wearing bearskin hats march through the central gates of Buckingham Palace ahead of the arrival of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on September 13, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.
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Although the public will not actually see the Queen’s body, they will have the opportunity to go close to the King’s closed coffin, which will be covered by the flag called the Royal Standard.

Due to the expected high attendance, guards will be posted at each corner of the platform.

Mourners are asked to walk past the coffin without stopping to ensure the line moves quickly day and night.

The official route for the in state queue to see the Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall.
The official route for the in state queue to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall.
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King Charles
King Charles arrives at Buckingham Palace as Britain mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain September 14, 2022.

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

Signs were placed along the route of the line on Tuesday, telling mourners they must have a bracelet to enter the queue, and port-a-potties were placed along the route.

It seems like the queue to get into Westminster Hall isn’t the only queue London is facing this week.

London’s Heathrow Airport is experiencing some major disruption, particularly between 1:50pm and 3:40pm to ensure total silence as the 2:22pm ceremonial procession takes place at the airport said in a tweet.

“We anticipate further changes to operations at Heathrow on Monday 19 September when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place,” it said added. The Queen’s Reclining opens to the public as thousands of mourners line up


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