Thousands queue overnight to pay their respects to the Queen’s coffin

Thousands of determined mourners waited in endless lines all night in a desperate attempt to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen’s coffin.

The Palace of Westminster opened to the general public at 5pm local time on Wednesday and will remain open 24 hours a day before closing at 6.30am on September 19 – the day of Her Majesty’s state funeral.

Royal fans 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.

Some even braved the rain and slept on the sidewalk overnight to secure their position in the queue, which could stretch 10 miles in the coming days as the weekend approaches.

Government officials said they couldn’t give an exact number of how many people wanted to walk past the Queen’s coffin, but about 750,000 people were expected. The queue neared the 3-mile mark on Wednesday.

Although the public cannot see the Queen’s body, they have the opportunity to go close to the King’s closed coffin, covered by the Royal Standard flag.

Mourners wait in a long line that winds its way through London to Westminster Hall.
Mourners brave the 30-hour line to say a final goodbye to the Queen.

The UK government has released a live queue tracker for people to follow on YouTube. The current queue is 2.6 miles long.

Those waiting are asked not to reserve space for others or leave personal belongings unattended. Setting up tents is also frowned upon.

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.

Thousands of people are expected to visit Westminster Hall while the Queen lies in the State Room.
Westminster Hall remains open until the morning of the State Funeral.

She is buried in Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the estate, which houses Parliament. Thousands queue overnight to pay their respects to the Queen’s coffin


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