In the Queen’s Recumbent position: what to know before you get in line


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Expect huge queues when the Queen is in state

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in London to see the Queen’s coffin.

Lay-in will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, and will continue 24 hours a day until Monday, September 19, at 6:30 a.m., the day of the funeral.

It will be in the Westminster Hall, inside the Palace of Westminster – known as the Houses of Parliament -.

Here’s what you need to know before you get in line.

Do I need a ticket?

You don’t need a ticket but you will have to stand in line, and the line can be very long. There are also some rules about what you can take into Westminster Hall and how visitors must behave. See below for more details, and more information is available on the House of Commons website.

Where do I start queuing?

The queue will start on Albert Embankment, off Belvedere Road, behind the London Eye, and people will receive wristbands as they enter the queue.

Those in line are asked to try to save a seat for someone else, or to not leave personal belongings unattended or set up tents.

As the queue gets longer, it will spill over to the South Bank where it will follow the River Thames past the National Theatre, Tate Modern and HMS Belfast to Southwark Park.

After passing the Albert Embankment, people will cross Lambeth Bridge, towards Victoria Tower Gardens, towards Parliament.

When people get to the front of the queue, they have to go through airport-style security before entering Parliament.

How long will I have to wait in line?

Government social media channels, including those of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, will provide regular updates on estimated queue times.

People have been warned that they will have to stand for many hours, maybe overnight, with few opportunities to sit down, as the queue will move constantly.

Where can I go to the toilet in line?

There will be portable toilets at various points along the route.

Local venues and museums – including the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI Southbank and Shakespeare’s Globe – will be open for extended hours and in some cases 24 hours for people to use their facilities.

Cafes and other local businesses are also expected to remain open for an extended period.

When will the queue close?

The lay-in period ends at 06:30 on Monday, September 19, and the queue will close early to allow as many people as possible to enter. Any decision to close the queue will be posted on the government’s social media accounts.

Is there disabled access?

The queue has step-free access and there is a separate accessible route for those who need it, starting at Tate Britain. Timed entry slots will be provided to join a queue at Millbank.

Step-free access to Westminster Hall is available for those who require it, and guide dogs and other assistance dogs will be accepted. British Sign Language interpreters will also be available.

Parliamentary visitor assistants will guide wheelchair users and people with mobility issues (and their carers) on a route into Westminster Hall.

Are additional trains running?

Transport officials have confirmed that additional train services will be running.

Transport for London says the Westminster area of ​​London will be “particularly busy”. People are being asked to avoid driving into London if possible. Some roads will be closed, particularly around Westminster, which will disrupt bus services.

Travel providers say the best way to get around central London will be to use London Underground and rail services, although there may be temporary closures of Tube stations at short notice, along with special queues.

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead, check travel information in real time and consider walking whenever possible.

People are also being asked to avoid Green Park Metro station unless they require step-free access.

Do I have to bring an ID?

People will not need to show formal identification to enter the venue, but there will be airport-style security checks.

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Thousands of people lined up in Edinburgh to see the Queen’s coffin at St Giles’ Cathedral

What should I bring?

People are advised to check weather conditions in advance and dress accordingly.

They are also advised to bring:

  • food and drinks – although they must be consumed or disposed of before reaching security checkpoints
  • any essential medications or equipment
  • a portable mobile phone charger.

What can’t I take?

There are specific guidelines on who cannot enter the venue, including:

  • Each person can only carry one small bag with only one opening or zipper
  • unclean flasks or bottles – only clean water is allowed
  • flowers or other memorial items – flowers may be taken to this Green Park site
  • any sharp items including knives
  • coolers, hampers, sleeping bags and other camping equipment
  • non-folding cars
  • banners, posters, flags, advertising or marketing messages

Prohibited items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Police may also carry out security checks on parts of the queue.

There will be a bag drop facility, but it will have limited capacity and you may have to spend more time waiting for space to become available.

What are the rules once inside?

People are asked to respect the dignity of the event, and must remain silent inside the Palace of Westminster and dress appropriately, anyone wearing clothes with “political or offensive slogans” will not be allowed to enter.

Cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off or put on silent mode.

Once inside Westminster Hall, the line will split to pass either side of the hearse, which is the raised platform on which the coffin is placed.

Visitors are asked to move forward at all times while queuing until they exit Parliament Square.

Can I take pictures?

Not inside. Filming, photography and the use of mobile phones or other devices will not be permitted in the security search area or once inside the Palace of Westminster.

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What if I need medical help?

There are eight first aid stations on the route run by the San Juan Ambulance. They are located in Southwark Park, Potters Fields Park, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth Palace and Victoria Tower Gardens.

And over 1,000 volunteers, wardens and police officers will be on hand to help anyone in need. Volunteers are from the Scouts, Samaritans, British Red Cross, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and the Salvation Army.

Where can I get a drink?

There are water stations along the route, and the halls and museums will provide refreshments.

When is the national silence?

A minute’s silence will be observed across the UK at 8pm BST on Sunday 18 September, the night before the Queen’s funeral.

What about floral tributes?

The public has already placed numerous floral tributes at the UK’s royal residences. The Royal House has given instructions on where they can be left:

At Buckingham PalaceDedicated areas have been set up in Green Park and Hyde Park for citizens to place flowers.

At Windsor CastleThey can be left at Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk and at the Royal Family Sandringham Estate In Norfolk, flowers can be left at the gates of Norwich.

At Balmoral Castle, where the Queen died on Thursday, flowers can be left at the Main Gate. Aberdeenshire Council has urged people to use park and ride services from nearby towns in Braemar and Ballater, rather than trying to drive to the castle, as there is currently no road access.

In edinburgh, the public can place flowers in the Physic Garden, next to the Abbey Strand Gate at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Security guards were seen cutting the plastic before placing the bouquets on the ground.

At Hillsborough Castle flowers can be left at the entrance of the Castle, in front of the main doors.

The Government and the Royal Household have asked that no flowers, wreaths or tributes be sent directly to royal residences, government offices or the Queen’s funeral.

For further guidance, Royal Parks said compostable items such as bears or plastic wrap should be avoided where possible.

“Removing the mulch will help the longevity of the flowers and the composting that will start a week and a fortnight after the funeral,” he said.

Sign local condolence books

Many local authorities have placed books of condolence in libraries, town halls and other civic buildings, as well as suggested local places to leave flowers.

You can use this link to find your local authority, then visit their website to find out if it’s available in your area.

Places of worship in towns and cities across the UK are also open for prayer, reflection and the lighting of a candle. Many cathedrals offer the opportunity to make floral tributes in memory of the queen.

Pay your respects online

A condolence book is available on the Royal Family website and can be accessed by clicking here.

A selection of messages will be forwarded to members of the Royal Family, he says, and may be preserved in the Royal Archives for posterity.

BBC News is also collecting your stories and memories of the Queen for our online tributes page – you can share your special moments with us using this online form.

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