Crowds of people, British and non-British alike, are flocking to London to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth at Westminster where her body has been laid on public display.
As reported by international media, there are fainting people waiting in queues of eight kilometers, with the authorities warning that the waiting time may reach up to 14 hours.
A spokesman for the British government confirmed to the Washington Post that the distance measured in a straight line may be longer, with the “zig-zags” created in the tail.
However, people don’t seem to be deterred by either the waiting time or the standing.
It is estimated that the number of people expected to travel to pay their respects to the Queen will exceed 350,000 from around the world.
The Queen will remain on public pilgrimage until 6.30am local time on Monday, the day of her funeral and a national holiday for the UK.
8km queues and 14-hour waits: Britons flock en masse and stoically
“Queuing is something we have in Britain… We’re used to being disciplined like this,” said 78-year-old Robin Wright, who waited more than two hours for a five-minute walk. “But this queue is unlike any other I’ve seen. Because everyone is here with one purpose: to see the queen for the last time.”
“If you go to Stansted and wait in line, no problem. But here, it’s not a queue. It’s a magical moment that we share together,” he says.
Standing, fainting, excesses
The camera captures paramedics giving first aid to exhausted people after standing for hours.
Yesterday, a soldier guarding the coffin passed out due to fatigue and heat.
And while many are taking their babies with them to see the Queen’s body, parliamentary sources revealed yesterday that they stopped six people trying to sneak their pets into Westminster Hall. They themselves allegedly hid their dogs in their coats so that they would not be noticed.
With information from the Washington Post/Daily Mail