Queen Elizabeth II lies in state at Westminster Hall

Queen Elizabeth II‘s coffin was processed by central London on Wednesday from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, the place the late monarch will lie in state for 4 days till her funeral on Monday.

Members of the general public will be capable to go to the queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall to pay their respects. Crowds had already gathered early Wednesday morning to view the procession, and a line had begun to type of individuals ready to file previous the queen’s coffin. The doorways of the traditional corridor on the financial institution of the River Thames have been to open to the general public from 5 p.m. native time.

On particular person in the group, Sharon Stapleton, instructed CBS News she had “met lots of interesting different people you wouldn’t meet normally — all brought together and united in their grief for the queen, and excited about being able to go through and see her lying in state.” 

“It’s been a long night. It’s been raining, very wet, a bit cold,” added Stapleton, who stated she began ready in the road at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. “But it’s worth every minute of it.” 

The most senior members of the royal household took half in the procession — a roughly 40-minute stroll — from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, together with the brand new monarch King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex marched in a row behind the queen’s kids.

The procession included the tolling of the bells of Big Ben, the enduring clock tower in Parliament Square, and a gun salute at Hyde Park close by.

As the procession handed, the gathered crowd broke out into applause at varied factors alongside the route.

A brief service started after the coffin reached Westminster Hall, performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which the royal household – together with the Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – attended.

The coffin will relaxation on a raised platform that can be guarded across the clock for the complete four-day mendacity in state interval by members of varied British navy regiments assigned to royal safety obligation.

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