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Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrives at Westminster hall as thousands pour onto London streets

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Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrives at Westminster hall as thousands pour onto London streets

Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 in Scotland, is now lying in state in London’s Westminster hall. The UK government has warned that people could face upto 30-hour wait to pay tributes to the Queen.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was transported from Buckingham Palace on a gun carriage. (Photo: Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has arrived at Westminster hall to lie in state
  • The coffin is draped in the royal standard and topped with the Imperial State Crown
  • Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died on September 8

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin, covered by the Royal Standard flag and with the Imperial State Crown placed on a cushion on top alongside a wreath of flowers, is now lying in state in London’s Westminster hall as thousands line up in the UK capital to pay their respects to the late monarch.

For 23 hours per day, visitors will be able to pay their respects. Tickets will be issued to VIPs for designated time slots. The government has warned that people could face 30-hour waits to pay tribute to the Queen, the BBC reported.

The Westminster hall is the oldest building in Parliament and the only part of the ancient Palace of Westminster which survives in almost its original form.

READ | Long lived the Queen. Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, dies at 96

Earlier in the day, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was transported from Buckingham Palace on a gun carriage in a slow-moving procession which lasted around 38 minutes, according to Reuters.

King Charles III, Princes William and Harry, and other senior royals followed on foot behind the coffin. A short service followed which was attended by senior politicians, including Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died on September 8 at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The funeral will be held September 19.

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