Live Queue Tracker: How long is the line to see the Queen in state and where does it start?

MOURNERS are expected to line the streets of central London by the thousands to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II following her death on Thursday 8 September 2022.

There are warnings that wait times could be over 35 hours. Here’s everything you need to know to pay your respects to Her Majesty by visiting her coffin at Westminster Hall.

The Queen died at the age of 96


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How long is the line to see the queen in state?

Her Majesty’s coffin traveled from Scotland to London on a royal plane on Tuesday 13 September 2022.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to queue in central London this week to greet the Queen ahead of the funeral service on March 19.

The hall is open 24 hours a day and closes at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the funeral, September 19, 2022.

The government has released an official queue tracker online to track how long the queue is.

Currently the queue is approximately 4.9 miles long.

People are warned that there won’t be much opportunity to sit down as the line is constantly moving.

However, those in the queue will be given a wristband so they can exit the queue for comfort breaks and then return.

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Where does the queue start?

The queue begins on the south side of the Thames where Lambeth Bridge meets Albert Embankment.

The closest attraction to the start of the queue is Tower Bridge.

It passes Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, The Shard, London Bridge, Southwark Bridge, The Tate Modern and Blackfriars Bridge.

It continues west along Albert Embankment and past the London Eye.

Once visitors have passed Albert Embankment, they cross Lambeth Bridge and enter Victoria Tower Gardens.

There they pass through airport-style security before entering the Palace of Westminster.


The main queue has step-free access and there is also an accessible route starting at Tate Britain.

Slots will be allocated for entry for the accessible queue, starting at Tate Britain, along Millbank and then to the Palace of Westminster.

However, according to some estimates, up to a million people could head out to queue and tens of thousands will miss out after warnings wait times could reach 35 hours.

Where will the Queen be in the state?

The Queen will rest at the Palace of Westminster, known informally as the Houses of Parliament.

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The Queen will lie there in state until her coffin is taken to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

When will the Queen be in state?

The Queen will lie in state from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September 2022 until 6.30am on Monday 19 September 2022 – the day of her funeral.

The date of her funeral has also been declared an official holiday in the UK.

The queue may close earlier to ensure that as many visitors as possible can enter the palace before the waiting time expires.

How to see the queen lying in state on TV

National television will cover the Queen’s ceremonial procession and Her Majesty’s laying in state.

BBC One and ITV begin their coverage on Wednesday September 2022 from 1pm.

Will I be able to see the queen’s body or just her coffin?

The public can only see the closed coffin as it would be disrespectful to show the Queen’s body.

Your closed coffin will be placed on a raised platform, with 24-hour security guarding every corner.

Unsurprisingly, visitors will not be able to pass through the point where the guards will stand.

Will roads be closed in central London?

Roads leading to Buckingham Palace such as Spur Road, Spring Gardens and part of the A3214 are expected to be closed.

Roads also leading to Green Park and St James’ Park are expected to be closed throughout the national mourning period.

A list of roads were closed on Monday 12 September 2022 and are expected to remain closed throughout the week.

These are:

  • Birdcage Walk
  • constitution hill
  • The mall
  • Malborough Street
  • Horse Guards Road

How many people are expected to come to see the Queen in state?

Whitehall Chiefs expect around 40,000 people to turn up and pay their respects to Her Majesty each day.

In 2002, 200,000 mourners turned out to pay their respects to the Queen Mother, but chiefs expect the number to exceed that number.

They added that there could be nearly a million mourners, the number who passed Pope John Paul II when he entered the state in Rome in 2005.

In Edinburgh, over 30,000 people came to see her coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral in 24 hours.

Will there be baggage check at the Queen’s bed?

There is a bag drop for those carrying large bags.

It will be available at the beginning of the queue.

However, keep in mind that thousands of people are expected to visit the Queen’s coffin and space at the bag drop is limited.

You’re not guaranteed a seat, so it’s best to bring a small bag instead.

How will security be at the Queen’s laying out?

The public will be allowed to walk past the Queen’s coffin 24 hours a day while she is in state.

Participants must go through an airport-like security check and are only allowed to take small bags with them.

There are over 1,000 dedicated city volunteers, stewards and police officers to help the public and ensure they keep the area safe.

There were so many police operations in the week leading up to the funeral that football matches such as Arsenal v PSV on Thursday, Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds on Sunday were canceled.

Prohibited items in both St Giles Cathedral and Westminster Hall are:

  • Bags larger than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm (larger bags can be checked in at the bag drop)
  • Bottles or water bottles, except clear water bottles, which must be empty
  • food and liquid of any kind
  • Flowers or other tribute items
  • sharp objects
  • Personal Defense Equipment
  • Paint sprays, padlocks, chains, climbing equipment and dangerous objects
  • Fireworks, smoke canisters, air horns, flares, whistles, laser devices
  • Banners, posters, flags, advertising or marketing messages,
  • Cool boxes, baskets, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and camping gear
  • Non-foldable strollers
  • Any other items as directed by security personnel or the police

Am I allowed to bring food and drink into the queen’s state of lies?

It is not permitted to take away food and drinks.

However, you will have to wait in line for a long time, and while you wait you can eat and drink something to regain your strength.

Cafes and local shops in the area are expected to stay open longer to help those waiting with refreshments.

Can I take photos at the Queen’s laying out?

The public has been warned not to film, photograph or use mobile phones in the security search area.

These also cannot be used inside the palace, so no photos or videos of the coffin can be taken.

Can I take my children to the Queen’s State Prisons?

You can take your kids to the Queen’s deckchairs.

However, keep in mind that you will have to wait a long time, possibly even overnight.

If your children are very young and are likely to be upset about waiting so long, it is best not to bring them.

What should I wear?

The guidelines said you should “dress appropriately for the occasion to show your respect to the occupant”.

Clothing with political or offensive slogans should not be worn.

It’s best to wear black, plain clothes and stay warm.

London is expected to be dry as of Wednesday 15 September 2022, however temperatures could drop and become a bit chilly in the evening.

You might have to queue overnight, so try to make yourself as comfortable as possible.

Who was the last person to lay in state in London?

The last person to lay in state in London was the Queen Mother.

Queen Elizabeth died on March 30, 2002.

For three days she hung up in Westminster Hall, where around 200,000 people paid their respects.

Her funeral was then on April 9, 2002.

What does staying down mean?

The term lying in state was coined to allow the public to pay their respects to honored monarchs or ministers after their death.

Traditionally, the body of the deceased official is buried in a state building in either an open or closed coffin.

The tradition usually lasts for several days to allow people to visit.

The tradition of palavering at Westminster Hall began in 1910 with King Edward VII.

Since then, monarchs such as the Queen’s father, King George VI, as well as Prime Ministers including Sir Winston Churchill, have resigned their state, attracting hundreds of thousands of people.

Where is the Queen buried?

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The chapel was named after the Queen’s father when it was built in 1969 in the main chapel of St George’s.

The Queen will be reunited in death with her late husband Prince Philip, who will be relocated to the royal vault beneath St George’s Chapel.

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