© Reuters. Folks have a look at floral tributes for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, following her dying, at Inexperienced Park in London, Britain, September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
LONDON (Reuters) – Greater than 10,000 individuals on Thursday tuned right into a YouTube video feed giving reside updates a few miles-long queue snaking by central London to pay respects to the late Queen Elizabeth.
The YouTube broadcast monitoring the queue to Westminster Corridor, the place the queen’s physique will lie in state till Monday, had over 12,000 customers watching it reside as of 1530 GMT.
In contrast, a BBC Information video on YouTube broadcasting footage of what individuals have been truly queueing for — visuals of the Queen’s coffin from inside Westminster Corridor — had solely about 5,000 individuals watching it across the similar time.
The entire quantity of people that may need seen the queue monitoring video, created by the British authorities’s tradition division, may very well be considerably larger, with the published having begun hours earlier on Thursday morning.
Some customers on-line joked in regards to the queue being seen from area, whereas others centered consideration on Britons’ love for assembling in an orderly line.
“For we British, that is the queue we have been coaching for all our lives. All these hours queuing in publish places of work, at bus stops, & to board planes … The mom of all queues,” Twitter (NYSE:) consumer Jonathan Inexperienced wrote on Thursday.
Titled “Queue Tracker”, the video exhibits a easy Google (NASDAQ:) Maps snapshot of central London on its left-hand aspect with the route of the queue marked out within the royal color of purple.
The suitable aspect, utilizing a respectful black background, shows some critical queue statistics which will terrify the faint-hearted: the size of the queue (4.2 miles or 6.8 km as of 1530 GMT), an estimate of queuing time (“at the very least 9 hours”) and the closest landmark to the endpoint of the queue (Bermondsey seaside alongside the River Thames).
Lots of Britain’s main newspapers together with the Day by day Telegraph and Metro additionally carried the video on their web sites. Officers count on some 750,000 individuals in complete to view the queen’s coffin.
Google searches in Britain for the phrase “queue” peaked round 6 a.m. on Thursday, Google Developments knowledge confirmed.
In one other signal of the curiosity in Britain’s royal household since Elizabeth’s dying one week in the past, the ultimate flight carrying the late monarch’s physique from Edinburgh to London turned probably the most tracked flight in historical past.