The queue to see the Queen lying in state officially closed on Sunday evening at around 10:30pm, in order to make sure everyone in line had a final chance to pay their respects. Over the last four days, ten of thousands of people have waited in the queue to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.
The closing of the queue was decided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) who put out a statement which said: “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.”
A worker in a high-visibility jacket handed out a waistband to the final person allowed in the queue and said: “You are the last person to join the queue.”
The crowd could be heard groaning and one person was heard saying “oh no!” before giving a gracious round of applause for the lucky recipients.
One woman who had been in the queue for around two hours but didn’t make the cut-off, told Sky News she was “absolutely gutted” and “it was a shame”.
The women had been standing right behind the final queuers allowed to pay their respects.
She said: “We went the wrong way. If we had gone the right way, we would have made it.”
The woman added “It is frustrating because we didn’t have a chance” and said work plus other responsibilities was the reason she had left queueing so late.
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Daughter Sarah said: “It means a lot to get through the queue and pay our respects.
“She’s been a constant in my life and in my mum’s life so we felt like we needed to come and say goodbye.”
Queen Elizabeth has been lying in state in Westminster Hall since 5pm last Wednesday, and the hall has been open 24 hours for the last four days to let the public say goodbye to Her Majesty.
The Queen’s lying in state will officially end on Monday morning as the viewing will close at 06:30am, and her funeral will begin a few hours later at 11am.