The waiting time for the Queen’s coffin in London’s Westminster Hall has reached 14 hours

The queue to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall reached a record-breaking 14 hours before being halted for 6 hours, the UK government has said.

Determined mourners braved cold weather conditions throughout the night in a desperate bid to pay their last respects to Her Majesty after her death at the age of 96.

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.

Every day since then, royal fans have ignored warnings of a 30-hour wait as they patiently made their way closer to Westminster Hall in a queue that snaked around the center of the capital.

On its official live tracker, Britain’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport warned of a 14-hour wait in a queue that meanders more than 4.9 miles around the capital.

People queue near London Bridge
Queues to see the Queen lay in state can be halted due to the number of people who turned out to pay their last respects to the monarch who ruled the UK for 70 years.
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Those waiting are asked not to reserve space for others or leave personal belongings unattended. Setting up tents is also frowned upon.

In Westminster Hall, the silence was deafening.

Although it is not possible to see Queen Elizabeth’s body, the public has the opportunity to go close to the King’s closed coffin, covered by the Royal Standard flag.

The coffin is guarded by four soldiers standing at each corner of the platform.

Mourners were asked to walk past the coffin without stopping to ensure the line moved briskly day and night.

Mourners were taken through an airport-style security screen upon entry, according to the UK government website.

But that didn’t stop those who wanted to be there.

“The Queen is all I’ve ever known,” Kam Kaur, 37, told The Post. “As I entered and walked up the stairs, reality kicked in.”

“I was a little nervous, I don’t know why,” said Kaur, who took two hours to find the end of the line. “It was quiet. It was wonderful. It was gracious. It was something special.”

After she and her sister waited over 8 hours to see Her Majesty’s coffin for less than 5 minutes, Kaur admitted reality was setting in.

“I would do it again tomorrow if I had to.”

Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Her funeral marks the end of 10 days of national mourning and will be a public holiday across the UK.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/the-queens-coffin-at-londons-westminster-hall-wait-reaches-14-hours/ The waiting time for the Queen’s coffin in London’s Westminster Hall has reached 14 hours

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