A mum raises her eyebrows after saying seeing Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was more exciting than giving birth to her children.
Two people named Sarah and Mark were among the last visitors to view the Queen’s coffin as she lay in state in Westminster Hall ahead of her funeral on Monday.
The couple were interviewed on TV news in the UK about what it was like to not only see the coffin, but to be the last after thousands of people lined up for hours to pay their respects to the Queen Elizabeth.
Sarah told the reporter it was “amazing” to have the experience, but it was what she said next that made the short clip go viral.
“I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, even having my kids Lily and Luca. I think it goes beyond that,” she said as Mark giggled next to her.
People took to Twitter to share their shocked reactions.
“Imagine watching your mom on TV saying that queuing to see a casket was better than having you,” one person wrote.
Another added: “If I were Lily and Luca I would be applying for adoption papers right now.”
A third commented: “It will be something the children will cherish for years to come. Knowing how little they meant to their parents.”f
While the official number of people who lined up to see the Queen is not yet known, several thousand people lined up for hours in a queue that stretched five miles from the venue .
It is a tradition for the British monarch to lie down in state at Westminster Hall before their funeral.
More than 300,000 mourners paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, on his death in 1952.
The Queen’s numbers are expected to be much higher than her father’s as she remained in state for an extra day and the hall was also open 24 hours a day.
Queen Elizabeth’s funeral took place on Monday and her coffin was carried from the hall to Westminster Abbey in a military procession, followed by her four children, King Charles III, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward with Princes William and Harry behind them.
Hundreds of world leaders and other notable guests attended the funeral at Westminster Abbey before the Queen’s coffin was paraded through the streets of London.
She was then transferred to the State Hearse, which proceeded to Windsor Castle for private service.
The Queen will be lowered into the Royal Vault alongside her father, mother and sister.
The body of her husband, Prince Philip, will be moved from its place in the royal vault to be next to the Queen.
Philip died in 2021 aged 99 and after 74 years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth.