The remains of Queen Elizabeth II. (1926-2022) are in Westminster Hall after a funeral procession through London been laid out. About an hour after arrival, the gates opened for visitors who want to pay their last respects to their former head of state. Doors to mourners will be open 24 hours a day and will close at 6.30am UK time on September 19 - the day of her funeral. We reveal how you can say goodbye and how much waiting time there is at the moment.
Visitors must be prepared for a long wait . Experts estimate that the lines could stretch up to 16 kilometers and that 40 hours of queuing time should be planned. More than a million people are expected.
In around four and a half days, visitors are guided through Westminster Hall and are allowed to walk past the closed coffin of the Queen. The body of the deceased queen is guarded by units of her bodyguard.
A statement from the British government said that you should plan a long waiting time, especially if you were going to say goodbye with children. You should also dress warmly and weatherproof and bring food and drinks with you. A mobile charger for mobile phones, a so-called power bank, was also recommended. Anyone who needs to relieve themselves can step out of the queue and receive a wristband. After the need to go, you can line up again at the old place.
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