Lying-in-state queue times reach 11 hours as thousands wait through the night to visit the Queen’s coffin

For the second night in a row, thousands of mourners queued for hours to pay their respects to the Queen as her body lies-in-state in Westminster Hall.

As dawn broke in London on Friday morning, the line stretched more than four miles from Westminster to Bermondsey, with waiting times estimated to be at least 11 hours on the Government’s queue tracker.

The lying-in-state officially began at 5pm Wednesday evening when the Queen’s coffin was brought to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace, however some members of the public began camping out on Monday to ensure their place in the line.

Thousands more mourners are expected over the weekend before the lying-in-state comes to a close at 6.30am on Monday morning, ahead of the state funeral.

The queue stretched along London’s South Bank in the early hours of Friday morning (Photo: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Thousands more people are expected to join the queue to see Her Majesty’s coffin over the weekend (Photo: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Those in the queue are given wristbands so they can temporarily leave to buy food or use the facilities (Photo: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The queue to view the Queen’s lying in state has been forecast to stretch for up to 10 miles with around 350,000 people able to view the Queen’s coffin, although it has been estimated up to 750,000 could attempt to join the line.

Wait times are yet to exceed 11 hours, but the Government has warned that some people could be forced to wait up to 35 hours over the weekend.

Spirits have remained high amongst the crowd waiting in line, with some describing a “family” atmosphere amongst those who have endured the waits together.

However, some members of the queue have expressed their frustration at the fact that MPs are allowed to skip the queue along with up to four guests.

For those who cannot make it to London, the lying-in-state is also being live streamed on YouTube and on the BBC’s Red Button channel.

At 7.30pm today, all of the Queen’s children, King Charles III, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal, will hold a 15 minute vigil next to the Queen’s coffin.

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