Hundreds wait in line to pay respects to queen By Reuters


© Reuters. An individual passes by a portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth seen inside a store, following the dying of the Queen, in London, Britain September 13, 2022. REUTERS/Marko Djurica


By Farouq Suleiman

LONDON (Reuters) -Hundreds of mourners took their locations in a queue snaking across the centre of London on Wednesday, recognising with out grievance that they could have to attend for hours to see the late Queen Elizabeth mendacity in state.

Some even braved the rain and slept on the pavement in a single day to safe their place within the queue, which may stretch for 10 miles to achieve entry to Westminster Corridor, the oldest constructing on the property that homes parliament the place the late queen will lie in state till her funeral on Monday.

As folks started submitting previous the queen’s coffin in Westminster Corridor from 5 p.m. (1600 GMT), many stopped for a second to bow their head and a few wiped away tears.

Authorities officers stated they may not put a exact determine on what number of would need to file previous the queen’s coffin, however round 750,000 folks have been anticipated. At 1645 GMT, the federal government stated the queue was round 2.6 miles lengthy.

Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, chatting with folks within the line, stated: “We’re honouring two nice British traditions, loving the queen and loving a queue.”

Kenneth Taylor, 72, who stayed in a single day in a tent to be one of many first within the queue, stated a lump had come to his throat as he seen the queen mendacity in state.

“We have misplaced somebody particular,” a tearful Taylor stated. “Her service to this nation was actually steadfast and dependable. And he or she’s in all probability what I might name the queen of queens.”

Amongst these gathered, some have been there to symbolize aged mother and father, others to witness historical past and plenty of to thank a girl who, having ascended the throne in 1952, was nonetheless holding official authorities conferences simply two days earlier than she died.

Mark Bonser, 59, from Doncaster in northern England stated the queen was “everyone’s second mom”.

“She’s given 70 years of her life to us. I am certain I may give 24 hours of mine, simply give that respect to her,” he stated of the queen, who died final week, aged 96, at Balmoral Citadel in Scotland.

The outpouring of disappointment triggered by Elizabeth’s dying has already drawn massive crowds in Scotland, the place she lay for twenty-four hours in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Round 33,000 folks paid their respects throughout that interval.

The London memorial, lasting virtually 5 days and ending on the morning of her funeral, is a a lot bigger event.

The lots of of hundreds predicted to affix the road will probably be requested to queue alongside the southern financial institution of the River Thames, winding previous landmarks together with the enormous London Eye ferris wheel and a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Upon becoming a member of the queue, mourners will probably be given a colored wristband which will probably be numbered and can enable them to briefly depart the queue to make use of a rest room or get food and drinks.

Greater than 1,000 stewards, volunteers, marshals and cops will line the route, with first help supplied to those that may discover the ready an excessive amount of. The British Movie institute may have an out of doors display screen broadcasting footage of the queen and her reign.

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