Kilometers of queue in front of Westminster Hall: Waiting times of up to 30 hours are expected

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Writed by - Andy Gocker
"Wir haben sechs/sieben Stunden in der Schlange gestanden"

Queen Elizabeth († 96) Paying your last respects requires one thing above all: patience! Thousands of people have already queued for two to four kilometers on the first day of their laying out in Westminster Hall. 'It's surreal. We waited six to seven hours,' says a mourner. You can see how blatant the rush to the British Parliament, where the deceased monarch is, really was in our video above.

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Awe-inspiring silence at Westminster Hall

In a country famed for perfecting orderly queuing, the queue at Westminster Hall is no exception. As early as 5 p.m. on September 14, the first visitors began to line up in the five-kilometre queue in the sunshine. The atmosphere was relaxed: people were equipped with chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. But as the Queen's coffin after the funeral procession arrived, the mood changed noticeably. Some had waited two days for this moment, enduring first rain then sun, tight security and officially sanctioned queuing.

In awe-inspiring silence, they descended the steps of the 11th-century hall to pay their respects to the Queen, many still wearing the yellow armbands that marked their place in the queue. After the long wait, it took them little more than three minutes to walk past the coffin.

  Line of people in front of the London Parliament. Westminster Hall, where the closed coffin of the Queen is laid out, has been open to the public since early Wednesday evening so that compatriots can learn from the late Queen
Line of people in front of the London Parliament. Westminster Hall, where the Queen's closed coffin is laid out, has been open to the public since early Wednesday evening so that compatriots can say goodbye to the deceased Queen. © IMAGO/Future Image, IMAGO/May James, www.imago-images.de

750,000 people expected

Around 750,000 people are expected to descend on London over the next five days to see the Queen's coffin. Westminster Hall seats 350,000 people. But 'only' 3,000 people per hour can visit the coffin. There are mixed reports about how long the queues could be. Culture Minister Michelle Donelan warned that the waiting time could last up to 30 hours. (lkr)

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