Mourners who had hoped to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in London had to wait until 11 p.m. I was faced with a queue of
The public will be allowed to visit the deceased monarch’s coffin in Westminster Hall from Wednesday. Thousands traveled to the British capital from across the country and around the world, and many stood through the night to say their final goodbyes.
Kew’s designated route curves along the River Thames, starting in Southwark Park in the east, passing landmarks such as Tower Bridge and London Bridge before finally reaching Westminster Hall. It is flanked by hundreds of stewards, including members of the Metropolitan Police Department and St. John Ambulance and Salvation Army volunteers.
The King and Prince of Wales joined the celebrations at the Albert Embankment on Saturday afternoon, shook hands with the public and thanked them for their time.
In the last few hours, the pressure on the queue has eased. On Friday morning, the government announced that capacity had been reached and that entry into the queue would be suspended for six hours, resulting in the exit of the public.
Downing Street said the temporary suspension of people from joining the line was part of the operation’s contingency plan.
“What DCMS did was temporarily suspend the queue for at least six hours after it reached maximum capacity,” said a No10 spokesperson. “It’s always been part of our plan to allow as many people in line as possible to enter the Palace of Westminster.”
The public will be allowed to visit the hall until 6:30 am on September 19, after which the funeral will take place at 11 am.
In recent days, King Charles and other members of the royal family have embarked on visits and ceremonial meetings across the country as the national mourning period continues.
The King and his brothers attended a memorial service around the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday night. They stood with their heads bowed while the masses passed in front of them.
On Saturday, the king held an audience with officials including military leaders such as the kingdom’s governor-general and chief of defense, Admiral Tony Ladakin. Later in the day, he will host the Kingdom’s prime ministers, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at Buckingham Palace.
Downing Street said on Saturday that Prime Minister Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden will hold a bilateral meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday instead of an informal meeting in Downing Street on Sunday.
Truss is expected to hold informal meetings with a handful of leaders in Britain to pay their respects at the state funeral on Sunday.
The prime minister also held a phone call on Saturday with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who also expressed his condolences. Truss is scheduled to meet with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman late Saturday night.
https://www.ft.com/content/5e9cd722-9124-4979-aa1a-941fb66a5ff1 Mourners face 11-hour waits in line for the Queen’s lying state