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13th Sep 2022

Woman visits Queen’s coffin eight times in less than 24 hours

Charlie Herbert

Woman visits Queen’s coffin eight times in less than a day

‘Thinks she’s at Alton Towers’

A woman in Scotland has decided to pay her respects to the Queen by visiting her casket eight times in less than 24 hours.

Elizabeth Sabey decided that one time was not enough for her, and so kept going back round to walk past the coffin as it rested in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

The 43-year-old said she had been inspired by Her Majesty’s strong Christian faith and sense of duty to God.

After arriving at 5pm to queue, she spent all night waiting to visit the casket for the first time.

But as morning arrived, the queue got shorter and shorter, so she decided to keep going round.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Tuesday morning as she waited for her eighth casket-viewing experience, she said that staff kept “letting her through” on the wristband she was given on her first circuit.

She said she was planning to go as many times as she could before the coffin left Edinburgh for London on Tuesday.

She told the Telegraph: “I’ve just been upright but actually I flopped over loads of times and I had to have people every so often wake me up.”

“Especially on the second and third times I flopped over and I literally did go to sleep and then I had people in the queue that were like my little family members that I’d made.”

She added: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and when you go round just once it’s like you just want to remember.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she passed away in Scotland, it was all, I feel, divinely orchestrated…I just think that’s how it’s meant to be.”

Elizabeth had travelled over from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides with her dog Wilson after hearing the news of the Queen’s passing.

She had previously spent time as a missionary in Cambodia.

Her plans now that the Queen has the Scottish capital are to climb Arthur’s Seat and “have some sleep at some point,” before heading back home.

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