As Queen Elizabeth II lay in state at Westminster Hall, mourners waiting to pay their respects to the late monarch had to wait more than 7 p.m. to get to the front of the line.
Entry to the Queen’s Tribute queue was initially halted for ‘at least’ six hours as it reached capacity, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Media said. of sports (DMCS).
Now the queue entry has resumed, with predicted wait times at one point reaching 24 hours.
Wait times were as long as a full day and overnight temperatures will be cold, the government’s official queue tracker warned.
By Friday evening, the wait time in the queue had been reduced to just over 7 p.m.
The queue to reach the Queen’s coffin was nearly five miles long when it was interrupted on Friday morning, returning from Westminster to Southwark Park.
A crowd formed around the entrance as people asked to enter.
“It’s always been part of our planning and it’s to make sure that as many people as possible in the queue can get into the Palace of Westminster.”