Mourners warned ‘don’t go out’ to queue to see queen’s coffin

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Queue to pay respect to Queen’s coffin paused for six hours after reaching capacity

People have been warned not to queue for the Queen in state as it is expected to close later in the day.

The Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said in a statement: “A decision will be made today on when access to the queue for Her Majesty the Queen’s Lying-in-State will close when it reaches final capacity.

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“The waiting times are already 13.5 hours and can increase.

“To avoid disappointment, please don’t queue.”

World leaders have begun arriving in London for the Queen’s funeral as today is the last full day for the monarch to be in bed.

US President Joe Biden has landed in the UK and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian President Droupadi Murmu are among the leaders who will arrive for what will be one of the largest gatherings of international dignitaries in years.

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Public access to Westminster Hall will end at 6.30am Monday so the Queen’s coffin can be moved to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

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Little Known Facts About Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on Monday as the UK bids its final farewell to its longest-reigning monarch.

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While the funeral will be a gloomy event, it will also provide many with a chance to celebrate the Queen’s life.

Before the service, here are some little-known facts about the late monarch:

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Prince Andrew pays tribute

The Duke of York paid tribute to his mother, the late Queen: “Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one.

“Your Majesty, it was an honor and a privilege to serve you. Mother – of the nation, your dedication and personal service to our nation is unique and special; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you strive to honor their respect.

“Mom, your love for a son, your compassion, your concern, your trust I will cherish forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, without limit or inclusion.

“I will miss your insights, advice and humor. As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I will gladly enter the following with you as my guide.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with her daughter Princess Anne

Princess Anne made history this week by participating in the Vigil of Princes after the death of her mother.

The Princess Royal took part in a second 15-minute vigil at Westminster Hall as Queen Elizabeth II’s children – led by King Charles III – stood solemnly around her coffin.

The Queen’s only daughter was with her in her final hours at Balmoral, also accompanying the hearse from Scotland to Buckingham Palace – calling the journey “an honor and a privilege”.

Here’s what we know about Princess Anne and her relationship with her mother:

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King Charles back at Buckingham Palace

King Charles is back at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s funeral tomorrow.

The new monarch will hold an audience with Liz Truss at the palace this afternoon.

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ‘didn’t jump in line’ to see Queen, say ITV

ITV show This morning has insisted that its presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby not “jump in line” for Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state.

The couple faced criticism on social media after showing up at Westminster Hall without standing in line.

The presenters lined up in a separate line for the thousands of mourners who waited hours to see the Queen lying in state in the old hall.

Emily Atkinson has the full story:

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Who is the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, the Earl of Snowdon?

King Charles will lead his family for the second time by walking behind his mother’s coffin when it is moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service.

The Queen’s coffin, currently in Westminster Hall as she lays in state, will be carried on a 123-year-old gun carriage drawn by 98 Royal Navy seamen.

Among the members of the royal family who will walk behind the carriage is the Earl of Snowdon, the Queen’s cousin.

Kate Ng explains exactly who he is:

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Boy, 7, receives letter from Queen posted the day she died

A seven-year-old boy has received a letter from Queen Elizabeth II on the day the late monarch died.

The royal family’s message, sent to Charlie, of Ilford, east London, came in response to a note he had sent congratulating her on the June platinum anniversary celebrations.

Emily Atkinson has the full story:

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A further 368 people treated by ambulance personnel

London Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance handled 368 queues on Friday to see the Queen’s casket.

55 of those patients were taken to hospital for treatment.

It brings the total number of people treated since the queue began to 1,078, with a total of 136 being taken to hospital.

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More than 10,000 soldiers involved in Queen’s funeral

More than 10,000 soldiers will be involved in the Queen’s funeral, the chief of defense staff said.

Speaking of funeral plans, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin told the TBEN Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg program: “It’s huge, it’s actually over 10,000 people in terms of both our soldiers, sailors and airmen, there will be about 6,000 as part of the procession and along the route, both in London and Windsor.

“But it’s also a huge support effort, the planning has been going on for a long time and we have the plans and now we have to execute them and there are a lot of brilliant people who are making that possible and it’s coming together as well.

“So the Army, the Royal Navy, the Air Force, but also our officials, and we’re helping other people in London, the emergency services, also some volunteers, and this is a bleak event, but it’s done with the utmost respect and also affection .”

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Prince William and King Charles apologize to mourners over surprise visit

The King and Prince of Wales met people waiting in line for Queen Elizabeth II in state at Westminster Hall.

Hundreds of people lined up at Lambeth, South London, cheering and applauding as King Charles and Prince William emerged.

Visitors shouted “God save the King” as the king lined up, while Prince William apologized to the mourners for the long wait.

Thomas Kingsley has the full story: