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Quit lining for the Sovereign: Wrath as 5-mile line is Shut for SIX HOURS – yet huge number of grievers actually pour in to Southwark Park to attempt to join the line (while MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Angela Rayner go directly to the front)

A line so that the line might be able to see the Sovereign's lying-in-state was set up today as grievers showed up toward the finish of the five-mile 'Elizabeth line' to get into Westminster Corridor just to figure out it would be closed for no less than six hours. Around 2,000 grievers were being held in a holding region at Southwark Park in London around early afternoon today to mitigate clog in the line ahead where grievers were confronting a stand by of as long as 14 hours. A group conformed to the entry to the primary line as individuals asked to be allowed in. Security groups in high-vis jacketed permitting 100 individuals all at once from the holding region to join the principal line each ten to 15 minutes. The Public authority said in an update not long before 10am: 'Southwark Park has arrived at limit. Passage will be stopped for something like 6 hours. We are upset for any bother. Kindly don't endeavor to join the line until it re-opens.' Soon after 12pm, the Public authority likewise said the available line was presently 'at limit with regards to now and section for allotment of wristbands is as of now stopped', adding that those with wristbands and passage times will in any case get in. At first there was disarray around the conclusion of the line at Southwark Park. Large number of grievers were all the while documenting through the entryway, regardless of directions from the Public authority that the line has been stopped until 4pm. In the end, a sign at the entry to Southwark Park was changed to declare that the line had been stopped. The sign initially expressed: 'Lying in state line: if it's not too much trouble, anticipate long postponements, thank you for your understanding.' The sign then different at around 11.35am to 'Passage to Her Highness' lying in state line is briefly stopped. Lying in state line stand by time starting here least 14 hours.'

A line so that the line might be able to see the Sovereign’s lying-in-state was set up today as grievers showed up toward the finish of the five-mile ‘Elizabeth line’ to get into Westminster Corridor just to figure out it would be closed for no less than six hours. Around 2,000 grievers were being held in a holding region at Southwark Park in London around early afternoon today to mitigate clog in the line ahead where grievers were confronting a stand by of as long as 14 hours. A group conformed to the entry to the primary line as individuals asked to be allowed in. Security groups in high-vis jacketed permitting 100 individuals all at once from the holding region to join the principal line each ten to 15 minutes. The Public authority said in an update not long before 10am: ‘Southwark Park has arrived at limit. Passage will be stopped for something like 6 hours. We are upset for any bother. Kindly don’t endeavor to join the line until it re-opens.’ Soon after 12pm, the Public authority likewise said the available line was presently ‘at limit with regards to now and section for allotment of wristbands is as of now stopped’, adding that those with wristbands and passage times will in any case get in. At first there was disarray around the conclusion of the line at Southwark Park. Large number of grievers were all the while documenting through the entryway, regardless of directions from the Public authority that the line has been stopped until 4pm. In the end, a sign at the entry to Southwark Park was changed to declare that the line had been stopped. The sign initially expressed: ‘Lying in state line: if it’s not too much trouble, anticipate long postponements, thank you for your understanding.’ The sign then different at around 11.35am to ‘Passage to Her Highness’ lying in state line is briefly stopped. Lying in state line stand by time starting here least 14 hours.’

Grievers entering Westminster Corridor in London are presently in two lines each side of Sovereign Elizabeth II’s casket
Line named ‘Elizabeth line’ is presently closed for something like six hours somewhere in the range of 10am and 4pm in the midst of enormous interest
Individuals wanting to get in are being held in a holding region at Southwark Park to ease blockage up ahead
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A line so that the line might be able to see the Sovereign’s lying-in-state was set up today as grievers showed up toward the finish of the five-mile ‘Elizabeth line’ to get into Westminster Lobby just to figure out it would be closed for no less than six hours.

Around 2,000 individuals were being held in a holding region at Southwark Park in London around early afternoon today to lighten blockage in the line ahead where grievers were confronting a surprising stand by of as long as 14 hours.

A group conformed to the entry to the fundamental line as individuals asked to be allowed in. Security groups in high-vis coats were permitting 100 individuals all at once from the holding region to join the principal line each ten to 15 minutes.
David Beckham was imagined queueing at around 12.30pm today, in the midst of reports the Britain football legend had joined the line at 2am, while Today has Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby likewise joined grievers.

Pictures shared on Twitter showed individuals attempting to catch an image of the 47-year-old as he stood by to offer his appreciation today. Twitter client @NowThenSunshine said Beckham was

‘only a couple of lines behind us in the snake’.

They tweeted:

‘The Line is currently brimming with individuals attempting to photo David Beckham and neglecting to really move onwards. It’s franticness! I feel a piece sorry for him, yet he’s taking it well overall. However, it’s made me nearly fail to remember that we’ve been in The Line right around TWELVE HOURS.’

What’s more, certain individuals have been trading out by selling involved wristbands for up to £350 on eBay. Those joining the line get wristbands to check their place – so they can leave for a beverage, or to go to the latrine, and afterward return.

The Public authority said in an update not long before 10am:

‘Southwark Park has arrived at limit. Passage will be stopped for no less than 6 hours. We are upset for any burden. Kindly don’t endeavor to join the line until it re-opens.’

Soon after 12pm, the Public authority likewise said the open line was presently ‘at limit with regards to now and passage for designation of wristbands is right now stopped’, adding that those with wristbands and section times will in any case get in.

However at that point at 1pm, the entry to Southwark Park returned regardless of the Public authority actually saying that the line has been stopped. The doors were initially closed as line chaperons looked to discourage fresh debuts. Anyway a subsequent line immediately started to frame outside the recreation area along Jamaica Street, driving orderlies to resume the entryway.

At first there was disarray around the conclusion of the line at Southwark Park. Large number of grievers were all the while recording through the door at 11am, in spite of guidelines from the Public authority that the line was stopped until 4pm.

At last, a sign at the entry to Southwark Park was changed to report that the line had been stopped. The sign initially expressed:

‘Lying in state line: kindly anticipate long deferrals, thank you for your understanding.’

The sign then, at that point, changed at around 11.35am to

‘Section to Her Highness’ lying in state line is briefly stopped. Lying in state line stand by time starting here least 14 hours.’

Authorities then started preventing individuals from entering the line for the lying in state. An authority said: ‘The entry to the line has been shut.’ However a group conformed to the entry as individuals asked to be allowed in.

Fierceness at the choice to close the line was driven by Neil Coyle, autonomous MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, where the line is hurrying to. He said today: ‘This is impossible – individuals have gone for the time being to join the line.

‘I’m requesting additional assets to assist with guaranteeing everybody can offer their appreciation. Pastors need to move forward to guarantee every one of the individuals who have predictably voyaged and my neighborhood local area don’t confront extreme disturbance.’

As certain individuals were permitted to enter after 10am regardless of the Public authority saying the line was closed, one couple who went from Manchester at 7.30am let the Message know that the entire situation was a

‘finished ruins’.

MPs can hop the line and get up to four visitors, to the outrage of those being compelled to pause. Among those meeting yesterday were Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Shadow Appointee Head of the state Angela Rayner.

Today moderators Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby cut serious figures earlier today as they were likewise seen joining the grievers at Westminster Corridor today. It isn’t known whether they lined with different guests.

Britain football legend David Beckham was envisioned queueing at around 12.30pm today, in the midst of reports he had joined the line at 2am. Television moderator Susanna Reid lined with her mom yesterday for over seven hours.

Bringing down Road said the line framework to see the Sovereign’s lying in state will design. A Number 10 representative guided inquiries to the Office for Computerized, Culture, Media and Game, yet it was ‘the case that what DCMS have done is they’ve briefly stopped the line for something like six hours after it arrived at greatest limit.

‘That has forever been important for our preparation and that is to ensure however many as individuals as could be expected under the circumstances in the line can enter the Castle of Westminster. Be that as it may, we hold it under audit and there will be further updates from DCMS.’

The representative wouldn’t state what number of individuals addressed ‘most extreme limit’ with regards to the line.

One of the people who was holding up in the holding line was Terrence Houlahan, 56, who had ridden his Penny Farthing bicycle down to the recreation area in Bermondsey from his home in Minister’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, about 40 miles north.

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

David Beckham (centre, in flat cap) is among those seen in the queue to get into Westminster Hall this morning
David Beckham was pictured queueing at about 12.30pm today, amid reports the England football legend had joined at 2am

David Beckham was pictured queueing at about 12.30pm today, amid reports the England football legend had joined at 2am

David Beckham

David Beckham
David Beckham is among those seen in the queue to get into Westminster Hall this morning
People at Southwark Park join the holding area before queue to see the Queen's lying in state today

People at Southwark Park join the holding area before queue to see the Queen’s lying in state today
A sign in Bermondsey today informing people that the queue for the Queen's lying in state is temporarily paused

A sign in Bermondsey today informing people that the queue for the Queen’s lying in state is temporarily paused
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II this morning at Southwark Park in London
Gates at the entrance to Southwark Park are temporary closed to limit the number of people who can get in
Gates at the entrance to Southwark Park are temporary closed to limit the number of people who can get in
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II this morning at Southwark Park in London
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II this morning at Southwark Park in London
Gates at the entrance to Southwark Park are temporary closed to limit the number of people who can get in
Gates at the entrance to Southwark Park are temporary closed to limit the number of people who can get in
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
People stand by the gates at the entrance to Southwark Park which are temporary closed to limit the number of people
People stand by the gates at the entrance to Southwark Park which are temporary closed to limit the number of people
People are now queuing to see the Queen's lying-in-state at Westminster Hall until Monday, on the route shown above
People are now queuing to see the Queen’s lying-in-state at Westminster Hall until Monday, on the route shown above
DCMS guidance

People queue near London Bridge to pay their respects to late Queen Elizabeth II this morning
People queue near London Bridge to pay their respects to late Queen Elizabeth II this morning
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mr Houlahan, who is originally from New York but has lived in the UK for 20 years, said: ‘It took me three hours to get here. In fact, a little longer as I first went to London Bridge by mistake thinking the queue started there.

Now mourners sell used wristbands for up to £350

Some people have been cashing in on the Queen’s lying in state by selling used wristbands for up to £350.

Those joining the queue receive coloured wristbands to mark their place – so they can leave for a drink, or to go to the toilet, and then return.

But it appears that some mourners have seen the system as an opportunity to make some cash by selling the wristbands as souvenirs on eBay.

One person has listed an orange wristband, which features the abbreviation LISQ (Lying In State Queue), with an asking price of £350.

Small print on the paper band specifies that it does not guarantee entry and is strictly non-transferable. But in the description the seller has listed it as ‘brand new’ and ‘never been used’.

Another seller has listed a similar wristband for £100, while a third person is selling a yellow band – plus a bundle of commemorative newspapers – for £122. A fourth seller has put their ripped green band on the site for £100.

The item was accompanied by the description: ‘Previously used or worn orange wristband from the first 24 hours of the Queen Laying-In-State in Westminster Hall. This wristband gained entry to the original wearer to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

‘This is a piece of history. A small piece yet still a piece of history and this is your chance to own it if you did not have the chance to come yourself.

‘The queue to pay respects to the Queen Lying-In-State may be London’s longest. It took 7-8 hours from joining the queue to finally pay respects to the late Queen.’

The seller said they were happy to send the item internationally but specified that it was being sold as ‘historical memorabilia only.’

They stressed that 50 per cent of the final profit will be donated to the British Red Cross which Queen Elizabeth was the longest serving patron of.

Another person is trying to flog their orange wristband for the slightly lower price of £82.

The cheapest band currently listed on the site is up for grabs for £10.

The seller promised to donate 20 per cent of the final price to The Dogs Trust to reflect the Queen’s love of animals.

Official guidance published by the government states: ‘When you reach the back of the queue, you will be given a coloured and numbered wristband.

‘This is a record of when you joined the queue, however please note that having a wristband does not guarantee your entry to the Lying-in-State.

‘Wristbands are specific to each person joining the queue, and are strictly non-transferable. You must keep this wristband on at all times as it will be checked along the route.

‘Your wristband also allows you to leave the queue for a short period to use a toilet or get refreshments, then return to your place in the queue.’

Mr Houlahan said he was going to leave his Penny Farthing outside Westminster Hall before heading inside. He said: ‘I don’t need to chain it up or anything because hardly anyone knows how to ride it.

‘But I race these bikes so I guess it’s also a good bit of training whilst also taking in a really important, historic moment. Something that is way bigger than myself or any individual.’

Moses Martinez, meanwhile, flew into London Heathrow Airport from Nicaragua this morning especially to join the queue of mourners.

The 32-year-old booked his flight as soon as heard news of the Queen’s death and has spent nearly £2,000 on flights and a hotel in London.

Mr Martinez, who lives in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, said: ‘I had to be here in London. I’ve never been here before, never been to the UK before.

‘But when I heard the Queen had died and seeing thousands of British people queue to see her lie in state, I knew now was the time that I had to go.

‘I flew in at 7am this morning after a 12-hour flight, dropped my bags in the hotel and came straight to this queue. I know I could be in line for as many as 20 hours but I don’t care, I don’t need sleep, I just want to pay my respects.

‘She meant so much to me, ever since I was a small boy. She was a symbol of Britain. I’ve paid a lot of money and it’s a lot of travelling but for me it’s worth all of it. People are very friendly and polite.

‘It’s a once in a lifetime experience, I thought to myself ‘it’s now or never’ as I won’t ever be able to do this again. I’m so glad I made the journey.’

Shannon Baird, 28, hopped on a flight from Dublin just to join the queue and will return straight after seeing the Queen’s coffin.

She lives in Pennsylvania in the US but is spending a few months in Ireland and said:

‘Once I’m done, I’m back on a flight at 9pm tomorrow. This is a moment in history and I had to be a part of it. I know it’s going to be tough but I’m prepared for it. She’s an iconic figure.’

Barrie Scott, 72, from East Moseley, said: ‘We’ve been in this secondary queue for 45 minutes so it’s a bit frustrating that we haven’t even joined the proper line yet.

‘But hopefully we’ll be through soon. It is moving still, people are being let through, we’ve not been turned away or anything like that.

‘I know it’s going to be a long, long day but then the Queen was on the throne for 70 years showing such service and dedication.

‘Compared to that, 15 or even 20 hours or however long it takes doesn’t seem too bad to say thank you and pay my respects.’

Karen Hare, 59, from Upminster, Essex, said: ‘We’ve been joking that we’re queuing up for the queue! As if that isn’t already long enough! ‘I’m annoyed at my husband because I wanted to leave the house at 3am and he talked me out of it only to change his mind at 9am.

‘If it wasn’t for him we’d be in the main queue by now. It’s not ideal but there’s thousands and thousands of people who want to pay their respects. That’s what the Queen means to people, she felt like part of your family.

‘I felt I had to come down today, I felt a sense of service to thank her for all the fantastic things she did for the country. We’ll never get this opportunity again and I knew if I didn’t come, I’d have regretted it all my life.’

On the third day of the Queen’s lying in state, those stood in the queue which hugged the south bank of the River Thames were told the wait time had swelled to ‘at least 14 hours’ and 4.9 miles to Southwark Park in Bermondsey.

Helena Larsen, 76, of Chertsey, just missed out on entry. ‘We have literally got here and they have shut it in front of us,’ she said. She said she will wait around for entry to the queue to reopen, adding: ‘I don’t know what else to do.

‘There are no other access points. I probably will wait around. I do think because there’s just a handful of us we should be let in. I fractured my back a few months ago, it’s a long walk even down to here.’

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Members of the public continue to wait in line to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
Members of the public continue to wait in line to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

 Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue in Southwark Park today to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall
Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

Mourners queue this morning to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who is lying in state at Westminster Hall

The Government had warned at 9am, an hour before the queue was closed:

‘If the park reaches capacity, entry to the queue will be paused. If you have not yet set off to join, please consider waiting until numbers have reduced.’

Queen’s lying in state: What you need to know 

The Queen is lying in state in London ahead of her funeral. Here is some of the information mourners need to know.

– What exactly is meant by the term ‘lying in state’?

Lying in state is usually reserved for sovereigns, current or past queen consorts, and sometimes former prime ministers.

During the formal occasion, the closed coffin is placed on view, as thousands of people queue to file past and pay their respects.

The coffin will be adorned with the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre.

– When and where will the Queen lie in state?

The late monarch’s lying in state in Westminster Hall opened to the public at 5pm yesterday and it will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday, September 19 – the day of the Queen’s funeral.

– Where is Westminster Hall?

Westminster Hall, which dates back to 1099, is in the Palace of Westminster and is the oldest building on the parliamentary estate.

It forms part of the Westminster Unesco World Heritage Site and the UK Parliament website refers to its ‘great size’, the ‘magnificence’ of its roof, and its central role in British history.

The building has been the site of key events, such as the trial of Charles I, coronation banquets, and addresses by world leaders.

– Is there a big queue?

Yes. Government guidance says there will be a queue which is expected to be very long, predicted to be in the tens of thousands.

As it stands the queue is about 14 hours long.

People will need to stand for ‘many hours, possibly overnight’, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.

People are not allowed to camp and a wristband system is being used to manage the queue, with those waiting in line given a coloured and numbered one, specific to each person, allowing them to leave for a short period.

‘Your wristband also allows you to leave the queue for a short period to use a toilet or get refreshments, then return to your place in the queue,’

according to the official guidance.

– What is the queue route?

Members of the public can join the line on the Albert Embankment, which runs behind the London Eye onto the Southbank before following the river past landmarks such as the National Theatre, the Tate Modern and HMS Belfast, reaching ‘maximum capacity’ at Southwark Park.

– Is there assistance for people who cannot queue for long periods of time?

The main queue has step-free access with a separate accessible route also planned to run from Tate Britain where timed entry slots will be issued for a queue going along Millbank to the Palace of Westminster.

Guide dogs will be allowed inside Westminster Hall, with sign language interpreters also on hand.

Venues including the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe will open for longer hours to accommodate those queuing. The British Film Institute on the Southbank will do the same while providing an outdoor screen with archive footage of the Queen.

‘I’m not going to speculate at the moment – it’s too early for that.’

The spokesman said the announcement about the pause has ‘trickled down’, adding:

‘We informed TfL (Transport for London), the transport people, first to let people find out before they reach this point.’

He added that announcements are being made in Tube stations and on display boards.

‘We are trying to move people as fast as we can; just bear with us about some of the finer questions about the ground level.’

The special treatment of MPs was condemned earlier this week by some of the thousands waiting in line for their brief chance to pay their respects.

Julie Newman, 56, said: ‘It is an abuse of privilege. I don’t mind queuing, because everybody queues. But there is no excuse for queue-jumping, it’s not fair.’ Dexter Bowls, 20, added:

‘For something like this, it is not fair. They’re not going to work at this time.’

And the line for people to go through Westminster Hall has now been doubled to two lines each side of Her Majesty’s casket amid concerns over delays.

Since the early hours of yesterday morning, officials have directed mourners to form two columns either side of the late Queen’s coffin, adorned with the Imperial Crown, so twice as many people can pay their respects at once.

The huge volume of people wanting to say farewell to Her Majesty led to the decision to double the rate of flow, ensuring as many who wished to pay their respects were able.

The queue – which people have been joining since Monday and which opened on Wednesday at 5pm – is now taking mourners more than half a day to complete but many have been saying the long wait was worth it.

Mourners said there was ‘breathtaking’ serenity awaiting them in Westminster Hall where ‘you could hear a pin drop’ in the silence.

But security jobsworths had a field day as they took hand sanitiser and boiled sweets from elderly mourners queuing.

Stewards in hi-vis were accused of being overzealous as they cracked down on what could and could not be brought into Westminster Hall. Mourners also described brazen pushing-in towards the back of the line as young people took advantage of spaces left by slow elderly people in the queue.

Officials have enforced airport-style security as the public enter the Palace of Westminster. One mourner was forced to hand over a single Werther’s Original, lipstick and hand sanitiser, while others told of various items being confiscated.

Matthew, 39, said: ‘I was told to throw away my little bottle of glasses cleaner, you’d just never have even thought of it.’ He was also made to empty the liquid out of his electronic cigarette.

His mother Glennis, 72, had her mini-toothpaste, deodorant and face cream taken away.

‘I won’t look so fresh-faced tomorrow,’ she said.

Jane, 53, had a confrontation with the stewards after they demanded she hand over her perfume bottle.

‘They told me to throw away my Chanel No 5 but I begged and begged. I nearly cried,’

she said.

‘They wanted my make-up too but I hid it.’

While some could not be without their perfume or snacks, it was revealed that others couldn’t part from their pets.

A Parliamentary source told the Daily Mail that officials have stopped six mourners from entering Westminster Hall after they were caught trying to smuggle in their pet dogs hidden under coats.

As of 11.30pm last night, the queue was 4.9 miles long, drifting back as far as Southwark Park in Bermondsey, with an estimated wait time of nine hours.

A little over two hours later, the wait time had jumped to 14 hours, although the mileage of the queue remained the same.

Paying respects: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby cut sombre figures today as they were pictured at Westminster Hall

Paying respects: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby cut sombre figures today as they were pictured at Westminster Hall
Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg

Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner
MPs can jump the queue and bring in up to four guests, to the anger of those being forced to wait. Among those visiting yesterday were Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg (left) and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner (right)
The queue for members of the public to see the Queen's lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning

The queue for members of the public to see the Queen’s lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
People queue inside Westminster Hall to see the Queen's lying in state in the early hours of this morning

People queue inside Westminster Hall to see the Queen’s lying in state in the early hours of this morning
People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
A man stands as people queue to pay their respects to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II this morning

A man stands as people queue to pay their respects to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II this morning
The queue for members of the public to see the Queen's lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning
The queue for members of the public to see the Queen’s lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning
People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

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People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

By 5.30am this morning, it was once again at nine hours with the actual length shrinking to 3.6 miles.

But by 7am it had gone up to 11 hours and 4.4 miles.

And by 9am it was at 14 hours and 4.9 miles.

The closest landmark for the end of the queue changed from Tower Bridge to Bermondsey Beach, and then to Southwark Park.

For most of the night, the line was nearly five miles in length with Southwark listed as the nearest landmark, according to the Queue Tracker.

Nurse Melanie Pickman, 50, left her home in Swansea at 11am to join the back of the queue just before 3pm.

The mother-of-three said: ‘My sons think I’m mad because I have come to London to stand in a queue which some people say could be 30 hours long.

‘Last night I thought about it and I made the decision to come first thing this morning. I just thought that I needed to come.

‘We will never see this again. She served our country for such a long time. We owe it to her to show our respect.

‘Look at all these people who have shown up to queue – she has made them happy.

‘She may be the Queen but she is also somebody’s mum, aunty and granny. I just think she is part of us as well. We have been lucky to have her.’

There was a tinge of sadness, overwhelming amounts of respect and lots of good-natured chatter as strangers quickly built friendships with those walking beside them for much of the day.

It was surprisingly also not overly noisy despite thousands of people, ranging from the elderly to babies in arms, joining the growing crowd.

Bonuses included mild temperatures in the early 20Cs, the rain holding off and a route which passed landmarks including the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern.

Firefighters were seen handing out bottles of water, volunteers from the Samaritans were available and there was a noticeable presence of stewards, police and portable toilets along the route.

Mary Buttimer, 59 from Greenwich, and Martin Clark, 65, from Kent, have become firm friends in the queue.

Standing near London Bridge station, the pair had been in the queue for an hour and a half.

Ms Buttimer said she had joined the queue to pay her respects to the Queen.

‘I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a royalist, but I just thought it was a respectful thing I could do, to acknowledge her years of service,’

she said.

Martin said they had started near Bermondsey station. ‘We are in, we have got to see it through now,’ he said.

The UK chief commissioner of the Scouts said the mood among the crowds waiting to pay their respects was ‘friendly and poignant’.

Carl Hankinson, who is among volunteers to monitor the queue throughout Victoria Gardens, said Scouts had been ‘on their feet 12 hours’ a day to help ensure the smooth running of admissions.

The Scout, who once met the Queen at a garden party, said:

‘She was fantastic in every way – she was interested in Scouts, she was conversational, very encouraging and very supportive of young people.’

People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

The queue for members of the public to see the Queen's lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning

The queue for members of the public to see the Queen’s lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning
People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning

The queue for members of the public to see the Queen's lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning

The queue for members of the public to see the Queen’s lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning

Marc Carney, 58, filed past the Queen’s coffin at 6.40pm after travelling from his home in Hythe, Kent, on Thursday morning.

The moment he got to say his personal goodbye left him ‘struck by the realism’ of everything that is happening.

He said:

‘It hits you how moving it all us and how much love and support there’s for the Queen.’

Mr Carney joined the queue at about 11.30am and said ‘it had been difficult to find the end of it because the line kept on growing as I was walking towards it’.

He added: ‘It was so rewarding and peaceful in lots of ways. You also got to see London under a different cloud.

‘It was worth it making that long journey. It makes you focus on what you are here for.’

Earlier, three well-wishers who befriended each other in the queue said there had been a friendly ‘camaraderie’ among the crowd.

Amy Harris, 34, and Matthew Edwards, 35, met James Cross, 65, after getting the train to London from Birmingham to join the queue at about 1am.

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
The queue for members of the public to see the Queen's lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning

The queue for members of the public to see the Queen’s lying-in-state goes past Tower Bridge in London this morning
People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to pay their respects at Westminster Hall in London this morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
People queue across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II this morning
People queue in the early hours of this morning to visit Westminster Palace where the Queen's coffin is lying in state
People queue in the early hours of this morning to visit Westminster Palace where the Queen’s coffin is lying in state
People queue overnight to visit Westminster Hall where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is lying in state
People queue in the early hours of this morning to visit Westminster Palace where the Queen's coffin is lying in state

People queue in the early hours of this morning to visit Westminster Palace where the Queen’s coffin is lying in state

SINGLE LINES: The first members of the public pay their respects as the vigil begins around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday evening

DOUBLE LINES: Members of the public yesterday were split into four queues, two either side of the Queen’s coffin (split shown with red arrows), to speed up the flow of mourners after concerns over too few being able to pay their respects to the late monarch before her funeral on Monday

Mr Cross said:

‘Everyone in the queue was very friendly, chatting and having a laugh. It was really quite lovely.’

Mr Edwards said:

‘Everyone was offering biscuits, drinks,’

adding that the three were now planning to have a pint together after the long wait.

The atmosphere in Westminster Hall was ‘breathtaking,’ Ms Harris said.

‘When you’re able to go in and have a moment to look at it and reflect, the serenity of it – to be able to pay your respects in such a serene place, it’s very peaceful.’

Fiona Holloran, 34, wept as she left Westminster Hall after paying her respects to the Queen.

The Londoner said:

‘It was very moving to see the vigil around her – I was a little bit surprised at how much it struck me.’

The PhD student, who queued since 6.30am with her baby strapped to her in a carrier, said the wait had been ‘worth it’.

‘It’s lovely that everyone has just a moment to themselves – no one was pushing.’

 

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