The queue for the queen lying in state could last for hours: here are the main highlights

This article contains references to sexual assault.
The queue for officially closed to new entrants after reaching full capacity ahead of Monday’s state funeral.
The last public mourners will be able to pay their respects to the late Queen at Westminster Hall until 6.30am BST (3.30pm AEST).

Over the past four days, the line stretched from Westminster Hall, over Lambeth Bridge, down the Thames, past Tate Modern and London Bridge, and finally crossed a three-mile zigzag queue at Southwark Park.

Here’s what you need to know about The Queue and some great moments you might have missed.

How many people lined up?

Although no official figures have been released, Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper said on Sunday that more than a million mourners had lined up to view the coffin.

At its longest, the wait was more than 25 hours, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

According to the BBC, the maximum length of the line was 10 miles (16 kilometers), and there was even a
At 10:41 p.m. Sunday (7:41 a.m. Monday AEST), announced that The Queue was at final capacity and would be closed to new entrants.

The accessibility queue was permanently closed on Saturday afternoon after reaching full capacity.

Celebrity Spots

The queue of public mourners included some well-known figures, such as former professional footballer David Beckham.
Beckham told the BBC he waited in line for 12 hours.

“We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the incredible life of our Queen,” said the former England captain.

David Beckham standing outside surrounded by reporters and cameras.

Former professional footballer and England captain David Beckham told the BBC he waited in line for 12 hours to pay his respects to the Queen. Source: AAP / Markus Schreiber/AP

“I think something like this today is meant to be shared together.”

Actor Tilda Swinton, TV personality Sharon Osbourne, singer James Blunt and actor Daniel Mays also lined up as public mourners.

Could attendees take bathroom breaks?

Upon arrival at The Queue, each person received a colourful, numbered wristband to remind them when they joined the queue.

These wristbands allowed people to leave The Queue for a short time to use the restroom or get refreshments, and then return.

According to the BBC, there were over 500 gates set up along The Queue’s route.
There were also water and first aid stations along the roads.

Before entering Westminster Hall, attendees had to go through airport-style security, with strict restrictions on what they could carry and only small bags were allowed.

man charged with assault

London police said a man was charged with two counts of sexual assault on Friday after two women said they were assaulted in a garden where people were queuing to view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin.

Adio Adeshine, 19, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, was also charged with two counts of breaching a sexual abuse prevention order, the Metropolitan Police said.

A sign shows the waiting time in line to see Queen Elizabeth II in state.

Many members of the public queued for hours, some overnight, to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state. Source: AAP / Dominique Lipinsky

“As those on The Queue will have seen, officers were on hand to immediately respond and arrest the man,” Assistant Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy said in a statement.

“London stewards and police are present along the route to help and support those queuing to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen… There have been very few crimes or other incidents where police have had to intervene.”
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With Reuters