People advised not to set off for lying-in-state

4 months 2 weeks ago #164706 by geemong
People advised not to set off for lying-in-state

People who wish to view Queen Elizabeth II's lying-in-state have been told it is too late to set off now to see it.

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With the event being closed at 06:30 BST on Monday, ahead of the funeral, organisers say they will have to close the queue at some point, so do not want people to travel and be disappointed.

A minute's silence was observed across the UK at 20:00 to mourn the Queen.

And King Charles has been hosting world leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception ahead of Monday's funeral.

US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were among those who attended the event.

Some of foreign guests, including President Biden and his wife Jill, also paid their respects to the Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall during the day.

On the final full day of the Queen's lying-in-state, the waiting time in the queue is currently estimated to be eight hours - with the end point now at Hay's Galleria near London Bridge.

In a statement, the Department of Culture said a decision will be taken later on when entry to the queue will close as it reaches final capacity".

Meanwhile, in a TV tribute, Camilla, the Queen Consort, said the Queen "carved her own role" when she took on the role in 1952 as a time when the world was dominated by men.

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