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Brits face 11-hour queues to see the Queen’s rest

Mourners currently have to wait 11 hours to see Queen Elizabeth lying down.

People wishing to pay their respects to the monarch have been warned they must queue by 12.30pm to enter London’s Westminster Hall on Monday (19/09/22) before it closes at 6.30am, hours before his funeral.

At 7am on Friday 16th September the queue was over 4 miles long and those in the back had to wait at 11am to get to the front of the queue but at some point hours earlier the queue was 8 km reached and extended to Southwark Park in Bermondsey, with a waiting time of 14 hours.

Worshipers were admitted to the queue on Monday (12/09/22) before being admitted to Westminster Hall at 5pm on Wednesday (14/09/22) and in the early hours of Thursday morning (15/09/22) the Officials to form two columns on either side of the Queen’s coffin so more people could pay their respects so the process could go faster.

Sisters Rebecca and Sarah Welham traveled from Sevenoaks, Kent, to join the queue at around 4am on Friday with Rebecca’s five-year-old daughter Sophia.

Rebecca told the Daily Telegraph of her daughter: “She went to bed last night and I woke her up at 4am.

“I was ready to go, so I literally had to pick her up and walk right out the door.

“She’s quite excited, if I may use the word, to see the Queen.

“She understands what happened and she wants to be a part of it.”

Sister Melanie Pickman left her home in Swansea at 11am on Thursday September 15 to join the queue just before 3pm, but admitted her family thought she was “insane” for making the trip.

She said: “My sons think I’m crazy for coming to London to stand in line for 30 hours, some say.

“Last night I thought about it and made the decision to come first thing in the morning. I just thought I have to come.

“We’ll never see that again. She has served our country for so long. We owe her our respect.

“Look at all the people who have come to queue – she made them happy.

“She may be the queen, but she’s also someone’s mother, aunt and grandmother. I just think she’s a part of us too. We were lucky to have her.”

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