MOURNERS hoping to pay their respects to the Queen could be waiting in lines up to ten miles long – and they could be turned away as early as Saturday.
Millions of people are expected to travel to London this week to bid farewell to Her Majesty while she rests at Westminster Hall.
Queues could reach lengths of ten miles, with measures in support of almost seven miles of royal fans from Lambeth Bridge to Southwark Park.
If needed, the park has room for an additional three miles of zigzag lines.
But it’s not guaranteed that everyone who queues will see the Queen.
Mourners were seen queuing overnight, with the line reaching as far as London Bridge by 2am.
Government sources have warned newcomers could be turned away sometime over the weekend if officials decide they can’t make it in time, reports MailOnline.
It hasn’t been confirmed when that might be – but Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said waits could be as long as 30 hours.
It means mourners hoping to queue on Saturday or Sunday could be sent home, although many are traveling across the country to be there.
All ceremonial viewing areas for the Queen’s coffin procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall are already full, London City Hall said.
And the number of people in the queue is monitored towards the end of the lay time.
Admission to the line will also be temporarily suspended if the queuing infrastructure cannot accommodate any more people.
There will be an element of self-regulation when it comes to people keeping their place in the queue for the Queen’s Lay in State, of course.
Those waiting in line will be given a colored and numbered bracelet specific to each person so they can leave for an appropriate amount of time.
It is assumed that people know their surroundings in line and are supportive when others need to get off.
Those hoping to offer their condolences to the Queen and be a part of history by viewing her coffin will be admitted until 6.30am on Monday.
Royal fans gathering in London to take part in the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall were expected to have a dry afternoon after a cloudy morning.
The Met Office forecaster said it would be dry overnight with some clear spells and a minimum temperature of 13C.
Monica Farag, 61, joins the line of mourners to pay their respects to the Queen at 8am Tuesday morning.
Despite the pouring rain outside Lambeth Palace, where she was seated, Ms Farag insisted she would attend the Queen’s laying-in, saying: “I’m used to the British weather. I’m staying here overnight – I’m not moving.”
Jacqueline Nemorin, who is 44th in line, queued at 6 p.m. Tuesday to attend the lying in state.
She added that she managed “a little cat sleep” at some point during the night, but the two people behind her in line “didn’t sleep at all.”
The funeral funeral of the late monarch at Westminster Hall opens to the public at 5pm on Wednesday and will remain open 24 hours a day until 6.30am on Monday 19 September, the day of the Queen’s funeral clock closes.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6218720/queue-queen-state-ten-miles-close-saturday/ The queue to pay tribute to Queen while she is in state could stretch 10 miles – and it could close on SATURDAY night