Mourners are waiting for hours in a huge queue to say farewell to Queen Elizabeth

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Top Stories

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Members of the public stand in the queue as they wait in line to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II in London on Thursday.

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LONDON — A country’s collective grief at the death of Queen Elizabeth II has taken a peculiarly British form over the course of the past couple of days. In a nation known for its orderly lines, or queues, thousands of people have waited for hours at a time to pay their respects to the late monarch in a coffin, lying in state at the heart of the country’s parliamentary democracy. Citizens from across the U.K. have traveled to London ahead of Elizabeth’s state funeral on Monday to pay their respects in person to Britain’s longest-serving monarch. For the vast majority of her former subjects, she is the only ruler they have known in their lifetimes, after her seven decades on the throne came to a close last week. The public outpouring has been so great that by Friday morning the queues had been paused after Southwark Park — the start of the queue — reached capacity, the BBC reported.

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Members of the public wait in line to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lays in state within Westminster Hall.

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People put on the wristbands that indicate their place in line along Shad Thames while waiting in line to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

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Her body rests inside Westminster Hall, a cavernous space with a soaring arched roof that has served for more than nine centuries — sometimes simultaneously, sometimes separately — as the center of Britain’s royal, legal, administrative and now parliamentary system. …

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