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The queue to pay tribute to the queen’s coffin halted for six hours after reaching capacity

Prince Andrew paid tribute to his mother, the late Queen, saying he would “treasure forever” her “love for a son”.

The Duke of York praised the Queen’s “compassion” and “confidence” in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “Dear Mother, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one.

“Your Excellency, it is an honor and a privilege to serve you. Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to the nation is unparalleled and unique; your people show their love and respect in many different ways and I know that you want to honor their honor.

“Mommy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will always cherish.”

It comes as people have been warned not to join the queue for the Queen’s Kingdom to remain lying as it is expected to close later today.

The government said: “Please do not prepare to join the queue to avoid disappointment.”

World leaders have begun arriving in London for the Queen’s funeral, as today marks the last full day of the monarch’s lay-in-state.


Queen’s End Point leads to London Bridge

After 10 hours, the end of the queue to see the coffin is now at London Bridge.

Queue entry will stop when the last capacity is reached.

The latest estimate for queuing times is seven hours – the shortest time since queuing began on Thursday.

People stay warm by hugging together under blankets as they wait in line to visit Her Majesty’s coffin


Police response to demonstrations ‘will be balanced’

Asked how officers would react to any possible demonstration, Mr Kandi said officers were briefed and the force “will always take a balanced and proportionate response to whatever issues are found”.

“Over the past week we have had many people come to London to pay tribute to the Queen.

“All of our officers who will be on duty for state funerals and across London and across London have been briefed, they understand what their role is, and they are all extremely excited to be part of this overall police response. feel privileged.

“Whatever issues we find, we will always take a balanced and proportionate response. And we will take only what is absolutely necessary.”

A man holds placards as he attends a protest outside Cardiff Castle


Nation observes a minute’s silence for the queen

The country observed a minute’s silence in honor of the Queen.

Ahead of the monarch’s funeral on Monday, people across Britain went silent at 8 p.m.


Thousands of police will line up to go to Windsor Castle

About 2,300 police officers will route the Queen’s final journey from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle.

More than 3,000 officers from forces outside London will be part of a 10,000-strong team for the funeral on Monday, which Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Kandi called the “final and most complex phase” of the operation following the monarch’s death. described. ,

Speaking to the PA news agency on Sunday in the capital’s police force’s specialist operations room, Mr Kandi said: “This is a police operation the Met has been planning for quite some time, but on Monday we will be doing our last and most of our policing. Complicated stage of operation.

“First and foremost, our priority is to ensure a safe and secure state funeral and procession route, but also safe and secure for all who attend.

“As part of the route from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, we will have 1,000 police officers along with military personnel who are on the route.

“Those officers will be joining the huge crowd we’re expecting in London and I’ll ask anyone, if you’re coming to London, pay your respects and look at the Queen: if you see anything normal. “If you find anything suspicious, please speak to one of the thousands of police officers who will be on duty.”

A police officer talking to the public at the Horse Guards Parade


Food seized from queues will be donated

Food confiscated from people queuing for the queen to lie down in the state is being donated.

People are not allowed to take food and drink inside the Palace of Westminster and any such item will be confiscated.

Charity The Felix Project said it hopes to collect more than two tons of food, mostly snacks, including crisps, chocolates and biscuits, and is also accepting unwanted blankets.

With people waiting for 24 hours to complete the five-mile walk from Southwark Park to Westminster Hall to honor the Queen, they’re arriving with plenty of food to keep them going.

When they arrive at Victoria Tower Gardens the food is confiscated before they are allowed to enter Parliament property and instead of being thrown away, all non-perishable and unopened packages are saved.

The Felix Project will distribute items to the thousands of community groups it works with across the capital.

Charlotte Hill, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are honored to be here to play a small part in this very touching event and to know that an extra layer of goodness is being done here.

“This food is a very unique charity and will help hundreds of people who are struggling to afford food.

“We support thousands of organizations which are helping a large number of people and every day more people are contacting us and asking us to give them food.

“We need more food, so opportunities like this are really wonderful.”

Joined the charity after being told by The Scout Association that a lot of food was being thrown in the bin.

The queue is set to close later on Sunday (James Manning/PA)


Queen’s legacy a reminder of British-Irish ties ‘need to be cherished’

Irish Premier Michael Martin has said the Queen’s legacy is a reminder of the importance of “nurturing” British-Irish relations, as he praised the late monarch’s “authentic actions” towards reconciliation.

The Taoiseach was speaking from London ahead of a state funeral on Monday morning.

Mr Martin and his wife Mary, along with Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, will be among 500 foreign dignitaries attending the funeral at Westminster Abbey.

The two couples attended Westminster Hall on Sunday afternoon, before signing a book of condolence at Lancaster House.

The Irish delegation was also due to attend a reception hosted by the king at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening for the arrival of the heads of state.

Speaking to reporters in London, Mr Martin said it was “a very important moment in history”, adding: “Her warmth, her authentic works and actions and what she did, contributed immensely to her. “

He said the Queen’s 2011 visit to Ireland was the culmination of “enormous work” that “cemented” Anglo-Irish relations in the modern era, and will be remembered for a long time.

“In many ways it gives us all the time to consider the importance of British-Irish relations and the need to nurture it, to develop it for future generations.”


The Queen’s Mother’s funeral cost over £5 million

How many people queued up to see Rani Maa lying in the state?

An estimated 200,000 people paid tribute to the Queen Mother over three days in 2002 – the last person in Britain to lie in state. There were 2,200 guests at the funeral itself.

At their longest, queues stretched along Lambeth Bridge and the South Bank to Southwark Cathedral, with people warned to wait up to 12 hours at peak times.

How much did the Queen Mother’s funeral cost?

Arrangements for the Queen Mother’s funeral cost more than £5.4 million.

According to a House of Commons research briefing paper, the cost of the police was £4.3 million and the Queen Mother’s lien to the kingdom was £825,000.

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