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16th Sep 2022

There’s now a queue for the queue to see Queen’s coffin

Jack Peat

Southwark Park – the starting point of the queue – has reached capacity

A queue to join the queue to see the Queen’s coffin has emerged outside Southwark Park.

Mourners are now backed up for five miles from Westminster Hall, with waiting times as long as 14 hours expected.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said the queue to see the Queen’s coffin will be paused for at least six hours after capacity was reached.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please do not attempt to join the queue until it re-opens,” the DCMS added.

BBC broadcaster Victoria Fritz tweeted a picture of a queue forming to reach the main queue in what might be the most British thing to ever happen in this country.

The update comes as TfL announced three central London Tube stations will be closed for most of the morning on Monday – the day of the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey – to avoid overcrowding.

Transport for London (TfL) announced that passengers will be prevented from starting or ending journeys at Westminster, St James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner stations.

The transport body said it “will aim to reopen stations” after the funeral to help people leaving the Westminster area.

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