The line to Westminster Hall to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II reopened after British authorities halted the queue for more than seven hours on Friday due to an increase in numbers.
But officials said on Friday afternoon that people could have to queue for more than 24 hours before reaching the queen’s coffin. And they say it will be cold at night.
A live follow-up of Tail said it was ‘at full capacity’ earlier today as waiting times hit 2pm and the line stretched 5 miles from Parliament to Southwark Park in south London and then around the park .
Also on Friday, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla traveled to Wales after spending a day out of public view. This is their last stop before they return to London for the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.
After closing for several hours on Friday, the line to Westminster Hall, where the Queen is in state for two more days, has reopened for mourners to pay their respects. However, officials say people may have to queue for 24 hours, potentially in cold weather overnight, to reach Queen Elizabeth’s coffin.
The temperature in London on Friday was 60 degrees and sunny, but temperatures could drop into the 50s or lower overnight, according to The Weather Channel.
The line was about 5 miles long, winding along the banks of the Thames.
Authorities installed more than 500 portable toilets, while around 1,000 stewards and marshals were on duty at any one time.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects ahead of Monday’s state funeral.
great soccer David Beckham joined the long queue of people waiting to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state.
People spotted the former England captain in the line of mourners near the UK Parliament at lunchtime on Friday. It is believed he joined the queue at 2am and waited in line for over 10 hours with thousands of others.
Authorities temporarily halted people joining the back of the line on Friday after a park at the far end became full. People arriving were directed to waiting areas and slowly allowed to join the queue.
Upon news of the Queen’s death, Beckham recalled her reign on Instagram, telling her followers how “saddened” the news had been.
“How devastated we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership,” he wrote. “How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days, she served her country with dignity and grace.”
King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, have arrived in Wales for an official visit. The tour began with a service at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff and will include a meeting with the Welsh Parliament and a stop at Cardiff Castle.
For more than 50 years until the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II last week, Charles was the Prince of Wales – a title which has now passed to his son, Prince William.
The royal couple have already visited Scotland and Northern Ireland, the other nations that make up the United Kingdom, following the death last week of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
A steady stream of mourners continues for the third day to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth IIwho rests in state at Westminster Hall.
The crowds are the latest in a wave of nationwide grief for the only monarch most Britons have ever known, who died at his beloved summer retreat at Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96 years, ending a reign of 70 years.
As the line has reached capacity, people are being told not to join the line to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin. British officials said on Friday morning the organized line was at capacity and no one would be allowed to join it for at least six hours.
Caroline Quilty from London said she arrived at the line around 4am on Friday.
“I think it’s a moment in history, and if I didn’t come to celebrate it and see it and be a part of it, I think I would really regret it,” she said.
The line ran 5 miles from the Houses of Parliament to Southwark Park in south London.
The government says the park is now full and access to the queue is ‘on hold’, asking mourners to ‘not try to join the queue until it reopens “.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eight grandchildren will watch over her coffin on Saturday as it lies in state at Westminster Hall. King Charles III and his brothers and sisters will watch Friday evening.
Officials said Friday that Prince William and his brother Prince Harry will attend the 15-minute vigil. William, who is the heir to the throne, will stand at the head of the coffin and Harry at the foot. The two princes, who are military veterans, will be in uniform.
Also in attendance will be the children of Princes Anne, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips; the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and the children of Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.
The ceremony will follow a vigil of the Queen’s four children on Friday evening.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their last respects as they file past the coffin during the laying out, which began on Wednesday and ends on Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral.
Prince William and Princess Katenow Prince and Princess of Wales, greeted thousands of people outside Sandringham, the royal estate in Norfolk, on Thursday.
The couple appeared outside the gates of the 20,000-acre estate to view the sea of floral tributes left for Queen Elizabeth II and to greet thousands of well-wishers.
William and Kate walked slowly along the metal barriers as they received bouquets from the public and chatted with well-wishers.
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Jane Wells, 54, was among those who came forward and spoke to William, 40, about how he and his brother Prince Harry, 38, walked behind the Queen’s coffin with their father, King Charles III, and the King’s siblings, in the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for the start of the state on Wednesday.
Yesterday’s walk was tough,” William said, according to Wells.
“I said how proud his mother would have been of him, and he said how difficult it was yesterday because it brought back memories of his mother’s funeral,” Wells told reporters afterwards. .
Sandringham is the monarch’s private retreat a few hours by train northeast of London. This is where the late Queen spent part of her childhood and where she presided over many family gatherings at Christmas.
Buckingham Palace has announced that two minutes of silence will be observed across the UK at the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.
The funeral is due to take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, attended by some 2,000 guests, including heads of state and other visiting dignitaries on Monday.
The guest list for the state funeral is a roll call of global power and pomp, from Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Spain’s King Felipe VI to US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and to the Prime Ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
After the funeral, the late Queen’s coffin will be transported through the historic heart of London on a horse-drawn carriage.
She will then be taken by hearse to Windsor, where the Queen will be buried alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
Contributors: Elise Brisco, Nicole Fallert, Maria Puente and Associated Press