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Brits reveal ‘beautiful’ scenes as they pay tribute to Queen lying in state

HEARTBROKEN mourners have paid tribute as they wait in queues stretching over two-miles to see the Queen finallyat peaceas she lies in state in Westminster.

Thousands of tearful members of the public began queueing through the streets yesterday in scenes described as “pragtige”, following Her Majesty’s death last Thursday.

Tearful mourners are paying their respects to the Queen

Tearful mourners are paying their respects to the QueenKrediet: AFP
Grace Gothard tears up after paying her respect

Grace Gothard tears up after paying her respectKrediet: Peter Jordan
People may have to queue for many hours to see the Queen lying in state

People may have to queue for many hours to see the Queen lying in stateKrediet: Getty
People standing along Southbank as they queue overnight

People standing along Southbank as they queue overnightKrediet: Getty
Thousands are expected to file past the Queen's coffin in the coming days

Thousands are expected to file past the Queen’s coffin in the coming daysKrediet: Sky News
An emotional woman wipes away tears

An emotional woman wipes away tearsKrediet: AFP
Thousands of people are queueing to see the Queen lying in state

Thousands of people are queueing to see the Queen lying in stateKrediet: LNP
The queue stretches from Westminster all the way to Southwark Park - it totals ten miles, including three-miles of zig zag queue control in the park

The queue stretches from Westminster all the way to Southwark Parkit totals ten miles, including three-miles of zig zag queue control in the park

The late monarch’s coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, Kritieke voorval by Surrey-hospitaal verklaar met ops lie in state at Westminster Hall until 6.30am on Mondaythe day of her funeral.

Alec Munroe, 41, left his home in Newton Abbot, Devon at midnight in order to get to Buckingham-paleis for the procession.

Hy het aan The Sun gesê: “I wanted to be here to say goodbye to die koningin and welcome the new King.

I got a coach here and won’t get back until midnight tonight. It’s a whole 24 ure.

“It really hit me when the coffin went past and everyone was so quiet. It felt like the right thing to do.

At previous services people have clapped but it was so powerfully quiet.

“All you could hear was the band and the guns. It was incredibly moving.”

Mourners were seen queuing overnight with the line stretched as far back as London Bridge at 2am.

Doors opened at 5pm on Wednesday after King Charles III led a poignant procession from Buckingham Palace, flanked by his family.

Sue Harvey, 50, an accountant, was among those in tears after filing past the coffin.

Inside it was really quiet, really calm, and incredibly emotional. A lot of people were in tears but there was a total silence. It was just so respectful,” she told AFP.

I wanted to make sure I did see her no matter how long the queue was going to be, because I never met her when she was alive.

Vickie Wicks, 36, a clinical paramedic specialist who took the day off work, was also in tears after leaving the hall.

Sy het gese: “The guards were watching her one last time at the four corners of the coffin. It was beautiful.

She was at peace.

But it was all too much for one guard who collapsed in full view of shocked mourners during the BBC live stream of the Queen’s lying-in-state.

The incident forced the corporation to take the stream off the airwaves momentarily in the early hours of Thursday.

‘I HAD TO SAY GOODBYE

Parbatee and Bobby Manoo, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, said they had come to pay their respects to the Queen after herlong years of service not just to Britain but all of the Commonwealth”.

Mr Parbatoo, 53, gesê: “We have a long history with the monarch.

When I was a young chap, the Queen and Prince Philip visited in the early ’80s and she passed just in front of our house, so we saw her probably twice or three times.

Mrs Parbatee, 48, gesê: “I think she has always been a constant and steady in her duty, responsibilities and how she has respected people.

Robin White, 78, an honorary colonel in the British Army, says he had been lucky enough to be made a commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by the Queen personally.

Robin, who was bestowed the honour after helping to raise a whopping £65 million for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, told the BBC he feltintense warmthwhen he met Her Majesty.

He had joined the long queuesfor one reason, to serve her” toevoeging “it’s a huge honour to me. I had to say goodbye and I’ve said that”.

The grieving Monarch looked sombre as he left Buckingham Palace for Westminster Hall for Her Majesty’s final public duty.

Miljoene of people are expected to make their way to Londen this week to say goodbye aan Her Majesty while she’s lying in state at Parliament’s Westminster Saal.


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The queue could reach lengths of ten miles, with infrastructure currently set up to support nearly seven miles of royal fans stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Southwark Park.

If necessary, the park will accommodate an extra three miles of zig-zag lines.

Many are hoping to offer their condolences to the Queen and be a part of history by viewing her coffin.

But it is not guaranteed that everyone who makes the queue will get to see the Queen lying in state.

Entry to the line will also be paused for a time if the queuing infrastructure cannot take any more people.

There will be an element of self-policing when it comes to people keeping their places in the queue for the Queen’s lying in state, dit word verstaan.

Those waiting in line will be given a coloured and numbered wristband, specific to each person, allowing them to leave for a reasonable amount of time.

The royals united in their grief on Wednesday afternoon as they watched the Queen’s coffin being left on the catafalque of the vast hall.

There were tears and raw emotion from some of the devastated family members as they joined in prayers for Her Majesty.

It followed a sombre 38-minute procession where King Charles led the Queen’s children and grandchildren from the Palace past thousands of mourners.

Princess Eugenie and her cousin Lady Louise were both pictured looking upset as the magnitude of the day sunk in.

Prins Harry, who had earlier walked alongside his brother in the cortege, wiped his face in a moment of raw emotion.

Some of the other royals even appeared to put their rumoured differences aside as they stood supporting one another in the hall.

Meghan Markle en Kate Middleton remained close as songs chosen by the Queen echoed from the wooden beams in the room.

There were bows and salutes as four soldiers took their place along the four corners of the catafalque inside in the hall to keep guard over Her Majesty.

The Queen will lie in state until Monday

The Queen will lie in state until MondayKrediet: Reuters
Members  of the public are being allowed into the hall to pay tribute to the late monarch

Members of the public are being allowed into the hall to pay tribute to the late monarchKrediet: Sky News
King Charles led the sombre procession to Westminster Hall

King Charles led the sombre procession to Westminster HallKrediet: Getty
The royals united for a solemn 38-minute procession

The royals united for a solemn 38-minute processionKrediet: AP
The Queen died last Thursday at the age of 96

The Queen died last Thursday at the age of 96Krediet: PA