Westminster Hall: historic heart of British state
Westminster Hall, where Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will lie in state until her funeral on Monday, is the oldest part of parliament, with a central role in British history. The last time was for Queen Elizabeth II's mother, also called Queen Elizabeth, after her death in 2002. An estimated 200,000 people filed past King George VI's widow.- 'A little extra colour' -Queen Elizabeth II is closely associated with Westminster Hall.She first addressed both houses of parliament in the hall to mark her silver jubilee -- 25 years on the throne -- in 1977.
Entry to the queue for Westminster Hall will close permanently when the queue reaches final capacity. © Provided by BANG Showbiz Queen Elizabeth
Mourners wishing to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth - who died at the age of 96 on September 8 following a 70-year reign and is currently lying-in-state at the historic building - had already been told to "not set off" but a more recent update from DCMS claims that the current wait time is "at least" seven hours.
In a tweet, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S LYING-IN-STATE QUEUE UPDATE, 7:50PM, 18 Sep. Entry to the queue will close when it reaches final capacity. Queue end point is at London Bridge Estimated queuing time is 7 hours."
Sustained by Pimms, lager and katsu curry, but only respect for the queen in the queue
It was 3.30pm when Leigh, Thony and James arrived at the back of the queue at Millennium Bridge to see the Queen lie in state. © Other On Lambeth Bridge. L-R Leigh, Thony, Olive, unknown, James None of them identified as royalists but had different reasons to come. We'd never met but would spend the next six hours getting to know each other very well.As the marshals came past us along the riverside we were given bright yellow wristbands, I would be the 4,251st person in line.Construction worker Leigh Cooling had travelled from Tadley in Hampshire and arrived with a small bag and a black cap.
Hundreds of thousands of mourners have been filing past the coffin in Westminster since it was put on display on Wednesday (14.09.22), with some facing a waiting time of up to 30 hours, but Her Late Majesty will leave the historic London building for the final time on Monday morning, just hours before her State Funeral is set to take place from 11am.
Prior to the tweet sent out on Sunday (18.09.22) afternoon, members of the public wishing to pay their respects to the monarch had initially been warned that they needed to be in the queue by 12:30am on Monday (19.09.22) in order to make it into Westminster Hall before it closes at 6:30am,
Over the course of the last week, two vigils had been held at the historic hall, first with the Queen's children standing by her coffin in silence as members of the public filed past before her grandchildren repeated the procedure on Wednesday.
King Charles - who acceded to the throne the moment his mother passed - was near the head of the coffin while his younger siblings Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward were arranged on the other sides.
Eugenie and Beatrice - who are the daughters of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess York, - could be seen on the platform to the side of the coffin along with their cousins Zara and Peter.
Just 24 hours later, Prince William - who is now heir apparent following his father's accession to the throne - stood at the head of the coffin and his younger brother, Prince Harry, at the foot.
Mourners told not to 'set off' to visit Queen Elizabeth as queue set to close permanently .
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