DHe never stops in a hurry to say goodbye to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. Thousands of mourners waited several kilometers on the banks of the Thames in London to pay their respects to the Queen.
Officials estimated the wait for those queuing up to be more than 24 hours on Saturday.
The closed coffin of the Queen is kept in Westminster Hall of the British Parliament until Monday morning, before the funeral of the Queen, who sat on the throne for 70 years. Eight of her grandchildren, including Princess William and Harry, are awake for 15 minutes on Saturday night.
Charles III and Prince William shocked mourners
British King Charles III. And Prince William suddenly met mourners in a kilometer-long queue outside Westminster Hall in London on Saturday. Britain’s new monarch and his son shook hands and talked to citizens waiting at Lambeth Bridge, which stretches across the Thames.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to bid goodbye to the late Queen in a coffin this weekend, ahead of Elizabeth II’s funeral service and her funeral on Monday. Westminster Hall is open to the public until 7:30 a.m. Monday, with the monarch’s coffin being kept in the state. Officials expected another heavy rush on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday evening event
The incident happened late on Friday night when a man tried to touch the coffin. The Metropolitan Police said the man was arrested for violating the Public Order Act.
Before that, King Charles III. And his brothers and sisters – also for a quarter of an hour – woke up in the coffin. King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward positioned themselves around the coffin in the evening, all in uniform, clasped their hands and looked down. Several other members of the royal family attended the vigil from a stage on the edge of Westminster Hall in Parliament.
The vacation ceremony was reportedly the only occasion when Prince Andrew was allowed to wear the uniform. The Queen earlier this year removed her second eldest son from all military ranks for his involvement in the abuse of late American multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. In all other ceremonies they were dressed in civilian clothes.
Elizabeth II died on Thursday 8 September at the age of 96 at the Scottish country estate at Balmoral Castle. His coffin was brought to the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Sunday and then to London on Tuesday evening. There, the family closest to Charles led him on Wednesday afternoon in a solemn procession from Buckingham Palace to Parliament, where he has been kept since.
man from london standing in line twice
Since Wednesday, countless people have taken the opportunity to stop at the coffin. He told the BBC that a London man had lined up twice. Their first queue for Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s festively decorated coffin rests until Monday morning, lasted twelve hours. However, as BBC reports, that didn’t stop Mason from queuing again after a short break, during which he took his car to the workshop. The organization of the queue was much better the second time around. “This is history and I want to be a part of it,” said the Londoner.