Mourners Camp For Days, Brave Heavy Rainfall To See Queen Elizabeth II’s Coffin (Photos)


To get a glimpse of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, mourners stretching up to a 4-kilometer queue have camped In London as the late Monarch’s body arrived in Westminster for the last time on Wednesday morning.

Her Majesty died in her official residence, in Scotland on Thursday, September 8, 2022, and her remains are now Lying-In-State in London before being driven to Windsor Castle, on the outskirt of London to be buried.

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People queue quietly to lay flowers at the gates of Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth in London, Britain September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

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Thousands of mourners braved the heavy rains in the English capital to get a glimpse of the late monarch’s coffin. They could be seen weaving through metal barricades, past security, over Lambeth Bridge, and toward Westminster Hall where the monarch is lying in state, CBS News reports.

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Per Insider, A release from the UK government said queues are expected to be “very long,” adding that visitors “will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down, as the queue will keep moving.”

Despite the horrid conditions, mourners are not allowed to bring chairs, camping equipment, sleeping bags, or blankets to make the line conditions more comfortable, the release said.

An unperturbed mourner, Kevin Jones told Ali Bauman of CBS2, that he dressed for a funeral to see the queen.

“I feel quite proud, but I do feel a bit emotional. It’s strange to explain. I don’t know why because I’ve never met the queen, but I just feel this thing inside of me. I do. Sometimes I speak, I get a little choked sometimes just talking about it, my tribute is just to be there and say thank you,” he said.

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