Queue time to see Queen lying in state reaches 14 hours

UK

The queue to see the Queen has reached a wait time of 14 hours.

The line is currently nearly five miles long, with an estimated wait time of at least 14 hours.

At one point during the second night of the Queen’s lying in state those in the line were told the wait time would be 14 hours.

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Members of the public in the queue at 06:04 on The Queen's Walk by Tower Bridge in London, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Friday September 16, 2022.
People queue to pay their respects following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

For most of the night the line was nearly five miles long, with Southwark listed as the nearest landmark, according to the Queue Tracker.

By 8.15am today it had reached 4.9 miles (7.9km) long, with Southwark Park listed as the nearest landmark.

Firefighters gave out bottles of water along the route while volunteers from the Samaritans were available and stewards, police and portable toilets lined the route.

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People queue near Tower Bridge to pay their respects following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
People queue near Tower Bridge to pay their respects following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
People queue to pay their respects following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Mourners spoke of “breath-taking” serenity in Westminster Hall where “you could hear a pin drop”.

PhD student Fiona Holloran wept after paying her respects.

The 34-year-old Londoner said: “It was very moving to see the vigil around her – I was a little bit surprised at how much it struck me.”

She had queued with her baby strapped to her in a carrier but said the wait had been “worth it”.

“It’s lovely that everyone has just a moment to themselves – no one was pushing,” she added.

Amy Harris, 34, said the atmosphere in Westminster Hall was “breath-taking”.

“When you’re able to go in and have a moment to look at it and reflect, the serenity of it – to be able to pay your respects in such a serene place, it’s very peaceful,” she said.

Watch and follow the Queen's funeral on TV, web and apps on Monday from 9am

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