Queen's lying in state queue closes

The queue to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state has closed. The entry was shut at 10.41pm on Sunday ahead of Westminster Hall closing to the public at 6.30am on

Monday. Those who joined the queue in the minutes before it closed faced an eight-hour wait to see Her Majesty. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

(DCMS) announced: "The queue to attend Her Majesty The Queen's Lying-in-State is at final capacity and is now closed to new entrants. Please do not attempt to join the queue.

Stewards will manage those already nearby. Thank you for your understanding". The four-day lying-in-state ceremony has seen more than a million mourners packing the banks of

the Thames, waiting in a queue which, at its peak, took 24 hours and stretched 10 miles, beyond London Bridge to Southwark Park. On the final day, Westminster Hall was

attended by dozens of foreign leaders and royals who have arrived in London ahead of the state funeral, which starts at 11am. They included Joe Biden, the US President,

Emmanuel Macron, the French leader, Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and his wife Michelle, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain,

and King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. On Sunday morning, the Government warned people not to travel to the queue "to avoid disappointment". DCMS had

announced: “A decision will be taken today on when entry to the queue for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State will close as it reaches final capacity. “Queue times are

already 13.5 hours and may increase. To avoid disappointment please do not set off to join the queue.”