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Susanna Reid felt “privileged” to have to queue for seven hours to see Queen

Susanna Reid said she felt “privileged” to be able to queue for over seven hours to see the Queen in state.

She queued with her mother, a nurse named Sue, 81, to pay her respects at Westminster Hall on Thursday.

Her words come as Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were forced to deny they jumped the queue on Friday after filming a segment for This Morning.

The monarch will be buried in Westminster Abbey on Monday after her death two weeks ago at the age of 96.

The public has been queuing for up to 24 hours to see the Queen in state but the queue is now closed.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Susanna said: “It is a tremendous privilege to have done this to show our respect.

“Whether you’re religious or not, royalist or not, it feels like a pilgrimage of sorts and a historic moment, a historic opportunity.”

Ben Shephard added: “It’s a huge commitment as we spoke and you and your mum and a friend waited in line for a total of seven hours and 20 minutes.

“When you do something like this and make an effort, because it’s really an effort to stay for this moment for so long, you can understand why some people get overwhelmed by emotion.

Susanna continued, “When I stood in line, small children stood patiently and uncomplainingly for hours. I was so proud that my mother was standing in line at 81.

Taking to Twitter on the day, she said: “Evening – along with my dear mother and her very good friend I have just lived a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall. Simultaneously majestic and peaceful.”

“If you’re planning on queuing, here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 minutes.

“Wear the most comfortable shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.

“The first part of the queue is for bracelets. Ours were handed out at Tower Bridge about an hour after we started queuing.

“There’s no queuing – people have been patiently waiting for wristbands and once you have one you can exit and rejoin the snack/toilet stop queue.”

On Sunday, This Morning bosses denied the show Holly and Phil “VIP access” and filed “past the queen in state” while filming a segment for the program at Westminster Hall in London on Friday.

The presenters cut somber figures as they dressed in black and visited the Queen’s coffin to film for the upcoming episode, which is due to air on Tuesday, the day after the funeral.

The five-mile line had reportedly been closed for six hours on Friday, bringing the wait to “at least 14 hours”. The TV duo are said to have joined a separate queue and been taken to a press gallery.

On Saturday night, ITV bosses released a statement on Instagram denying the couple had received any special treatment: “Hi everyone, we would like to clarify something,” it said.

“We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme.

“They did not queue, have VIP access or walk past the Queen in state – but were instead there in a professional capacity as part of the world media to cover the event.”

An ITV spokesman added in a statement to MailOnline: “This morning had press accreditation and like other media, Phillip and Holly were escorted to work from the press gallery by government officials.

“You didn’t get past the Queen’s coffin. They were there along with a host of other broadcasters and national press offices for a segment that will air on Tuesday’s show. Any allegations of improper conduct are categorically false.’

Broadcasters donned all black ensembles, with Holly, 41, in a face mask as they headed into the historic building where the late monarch lay in state after her death last week.

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