The line to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state is at capacity and temporarily closed

The extraordinarily lengthy line to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state is at capacity, the U.Okay authorities said Friday morning. Entry to the queue can be closed for at least six hours, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport mentioned at 9:50 a.m. GMT (10:50 a.m. in London; 5:50 a.m. EDT).

There is a reside “queue tracker” streaming on YouTube that gives updates on the line, and it suggested individuals to not try to be a part of the line till it reopens.

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The queen is lying in state at Palace of Westminster till her funeral on Monday. A big procession carried her coffin there from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

While individuals can go to to pay their respects 24 hours a day, the huge variety of these lining up means extraordinarily lengthy wait occasions. Friday morning, the line stretched 4.9 miles and the federal government estimated the wait can be at least 14 hours.

The authorities warned people that there can be little alternative to sit down whereas in the queue, because it is constantly shifting. When individuals lastly attain the entrance of the line, they have to undergo airport-style safety to get inside.

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An indication informs individuals in line in Southwark Park that there is a pause in the queue to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state, which begins at the park and concludes at Westminster Hall, on September 16, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. 

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An official map of the queue exhibits its route snaking alongside the south financial institution of the River Thames, with the top of the line close to London’s Southwark Park. 

There are bogs and first help stations alongside the route, and a bag drop the place individuals can depart their belongings earlier than going inside. Capacity at the bag drop facility is additionally restricted and ready for bag storage space also can enhance somebody’s wait time.

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Members of the general public proceed to wait in line to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lays in state inside Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022 in London.

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The queen’s lying in state offers the general public a possibility to pay their respects earlier than her funeral. Visitors can stroll previous the closed coffin, which rests on a raised platform in the center of Westminster Hall. Each nook is guarded across the clock by models from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

The coffin is draped in the Royal Standard flag. The Orb and Sceptre, that are a part of the Crown Jewels and are used at the monarch’s coronation, are positioned on prime.

For those that can’t go in particular person, there is an online book of condolence the general public can signal. 

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