Queen Elizabeth II: Man arrested in line to view coffin following ‘disruption’

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A man was arrested on Friday evening after trying to approach the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II.

Parliamentary authorities said the man tried to get out of the queue where thousands of mourners stood, waiting until 4 p.m. to see the coffin, and approached the coffin on its platform at the Westminster Hall of Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police described the incident as a “trouble” and said a man had been arrested for an alleged breach of public order.

The queen is lying in state, her coffin draped with her royal standard and surmounted by a crown.

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Members of the public walk past Westminster Abbey, where Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will take place in London on September 29.  17, 2022.

Members of the public walk past Westminster Abbey, where Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place in London on September 29. 17, 2022.
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The public was first admitted to the hall on Wednesday.

Football star David Beckham waited more than 12 hours in the queue to pay tribute to him.

On Friday, the wait time reached 24 hours.

Members of the public line up on Saturday, September 1.  February 17, 2022 near Tower Bridge as they wait to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state before her funeral in London on Monday.

Members of the public line up on Saturday, September 1. February 17, 2022 near Tower Bridge as they wait to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state before her funeral in London on Monday.
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On Friday, authorities temporarily stopped allowing more visitors to reach the end of the line.

King Charles III and Prince William paid an impromptu visit to greet those queuing on Saturday.

People gather to bring flowers to Queen Elizabeth II in Green Park near Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday September 1.  17, 2022.

People gather to bring flowers to Queen Elizabeth II in Green Park near Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday September 1. 17, 2022.
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Visitors continued to file through the hall, even as the King, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew stood guard around the casket for 15 minutes Friday night.

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The queen’s eight grandchildren were to watch next to the coffin on Saturday.

Prince William is now heir to the throne.

The guard is changed as members of the public march past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on Saturday September 1.  17, 2022.

The guard is changed as members of the public march past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on Saturday September 1. 17, 2022.
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The queen will remain in state until Monday morning.

The coffin will then be transported to Westminster Abbey for a state funeral.

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President Biden will attend, along with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

Following the service, the the casket will be transported to Windsorwhere the Queen will be buried alongside her late husband, Prince Philip.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.