Tearful mourners enter Westminster to pay tribute to the Queen in emotional scenes as she lies in state | The Sun

HEARTBROKEN mourners are entering Westminster to pay a final tribute to the Queen as she lies in state.

Thousands of tearful members of the public are queueing through the streets in emotional scenes following her death last Thursday.






The late monarch's coffin, draped in the Royal Standard, will lie in state at Westminster Hall until 6.30am on Monday – the day of her funeral.

Doors opened at 5pm, after King Charles III let a poignant procession from Buckingham Palace, flanked by his family.

The grieving Monarch looked sombre as he left Buckingham Palace for Westminster Hall for Her Majesty's final public duty.

Millions of people are expected to make their way to London this week to say goodbye to Her Majesty while she's lying in state at Parliament's Westminster Hall.

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The queue could reach lengths of 10 miles, with infrastructure currently set up to support nearly seven miles of royal fans stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Southwark Park.

If necessary, the park will accommodate an extra three miles of zig zag lines.

Those hoping to offer their condolences to the Queen and be a part of history by viewing her coffin.

But it's not guaranteed that everyone who makes the queue will get to see the Queen's lying in state.

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Entry to the line will also be paused for a time if the queuing infrastructure cannot take any more people.

There will be an element of self-policing when it comes to people keeping their places in the queue for the Queen’s lying in state, it is understood.

Those waiting in line will be given a coloured and numbered wristband, specific to each person, allowing them to leave for a reasonable amount of time.

The royals united in their grief this afternoon as they watched the Queen's coffin being left on the catafalque of the vast hall.

There were tears and raw emotion from some of the devastated family members as they joined in prayers for Her Majesty.

It comes as…

  • Princes William and Harry stood shoulder to shoulder in the emotional walk from Buckingham Palace
  • Meghan Markle followed the procession in a car with Sophie while Princess Kate and Camilla were driven to Westminster Hall
  • Harry and Andrew wore suits after being banned from wearing military uniforms
  • No 10 revealed an update on calls for an annual bank holiday after a petition gathered thousands of signatures 

It followed a sombre 38-minute procession where King Charles led the Queen's children and grandchildren from the Palace past thousands of mourners.

Princess Eugenie and her cousin Lady Louise were both pictured looking upset as the magnitude of the day sunk in.

Prince Harry, who had earlier walked alongside his brother in the cortege, wiped his face in a moment of raw emotion.

Some of the other royals even appeared to put their rumoured differences aside as they stood supporting one another in the hall.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton remained close as songs chosen by the Queen echoed from the wooden beams in the room.

There were bows and salutes as four soldiers took their place along the four corners of the catafalque inside in the hall to keep guard over Her Majesty.




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