Man arrested after rushing Queen Elizabeth’s coffin at Westminster Hall


While Queen Elizabeth II is currently in state in London’s Westminster Hall, she has yet to truly rest.

A man was arrested Friday after leaving his place in line at the parliamentary estate, running up the stairs and touching the queen’s coffin, according to The Guardian. The Metropolitan Police detained him shortly before 10 p.m., just hours after the royals held a vigil.

“We are aware of an incident at Westminster Hall in which a member of the public stepped from the queue to the catafalque,” a parliamentary spokesman told the TBEN. “They have now been removed from the hall and the queue has resumed with minimal disruption.”

Scotland Yard told the TBEN that “officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command” detained and arrested the man “for an offense under the Public Order Act”. This happened just hours after King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Edward kept watch.

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King Charles III and his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Edward stood guard on Friday.

Known as the ‘Vigil of the Princes’, this tradition involves members of the royal family keeping a proverbial watch when a relative is laid in state. public can pay tribute personally.

The arrested man was ultimately not the only person in line to be charged on Friday, as PA Media reported that 34 people faced a “string of violations” before morning’s end. One of them reportedly saw a 19-year-old expose himself before pushing two women from behind.

The British government said Queen Elizabeth II will be transported to Westminster Abbey on Monday for her state funeral.


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