Queen funeral latest: Queue stretches nearly four miles as Her Majesty lies in state for second day

Queen funeral latest: Queue stretches nearly four miles as Her Majesty lies in state for second day

William Mata

Thu, 15 September 2022 at 11:45 am

Tens of thousands of mourners are queueing for the Queen’s lying in state while the King was taking a day away from public duties ahead of Monday’s funeral.

Members of the public can pay their respects to the late monarch’s coffin for 24 hours a day at Westminster Hall, with queues stretching 3.8 miles pastTower Bridge by 11.45am on Thursday.

The Queen’s coffin continues to be guarded at all hours by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

One of the guards suddenly collapsed overnight, with nearby officials quickly rushing to his aid after he appeared to faint.

Metropolitan Police officers, volunteers and stewards are managing the queue while toilets and water fountains are provided at various points along the route.

It was the first night people could pay their respects to the Queen after the ancient hall opened at 5pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile rehearsals have taken place overnight for the late monarch’s funeral on Monday.

Who is Trudy Lin and why did she get an invitation to the Queen’s funeral?

11:46 , Will Mata

Dr Lin is one of 10 additional Australians who received an invite.

This is her story.

Highgrove: Where the King is spending a day of rest and reflection

11:45 , Will Mata

King Charles is taking time away from public action as he prepares for his mother’s funeral.

He is taking a day of rest and reflection in Highgrove. Find out more about the setting, here.

The Gloucestershire estate is something of a sanctuary for Charles (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Gloucestershire estate is something of a sanctuary for Charles (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mourners who queued overnight describe ‘serenity’ in Westminster Hall

11:42 , Will Mata

The queue on the South Bank near to Tower Bridge (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)
The queue on the South Bank near to Tower Bridge (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

People have travelled from all over the country and waited since 1am to view the Queen lying in state.

See the full article here.

In Westminster Hall the magic of the monarchy lives on after 900 years

11:38 , Will Mata

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin inside Westminster Hall (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin inside Westminster Hall (Getty Images)

All you need to know about Westminster Hall – a building getting a lot of airtime this week.

See our explainer here.

Yesterday’s cartoon

10:51 , Will Mata

The Evening Standard cartoon for Wednesday, September 15 (Christian Adams)
The Evening Standard cartoon for Wednesday, September 15 (Christian Adams)

Calls for Queen’s funeral procession to be extended so more people can pay respects

10:50 , Will Mata

Several MPs back suggestion funeral procession at Windsor be lengthened so more people can pay tribute.

See the full article here.

Queue reaches Tower Bridge

10:41 , Will Mata

For the first time, the queue is now longer than 5km – the distance of a parkrun.

Well-wishers stand in the queue for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II (Getty Images)
Well-wishers stand in the queue for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II (Getty Images)

TfL reports boom in Tube journeys

10:35 , Will Mata

Green Park underground is the nearest to Buckingham Palace (PA Archive)
Green Park underground is the nearest to Buckingham Palace (PA Archive)

Transport for London (TfL) said nearly 115,000 more Tube journeys were made to or from eight stations in the centre of the capital on Wednesday compared with the same day last week.

A total of 696,468 entries and exits were recorded at Charing Cross, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, London Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park, Victoria and Westminster stations on Wednesday.

That was up 20 per cent on the total of 581,740 during the previous Tuesday.

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