ср. мар. 22nd, 2023

Queues are building in London ahead of the Queen’s lying-in-state, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Many endured pouring rain overnight to join the long wait to file past the monarch’s coffin at Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state for four full days until her funeral on Monday.

Sombre procession to Westminster Hall

Crowds of mourners are also forming on the streets between Buckingham Palace and Westminster – the route the Queen’s coffin will take in slow ceremonial procession later.

Currently lying in the Bow Room at the palace after its arrival from Edinburgh, the coffin will leave for Westminster Hall at 14:22 BST carried on an open gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, drawn by a team of black horses.

A huge 18 hands-tall (183cm) veteran horse named Lord Firebrand will be at the front of the procession, setting the pace.

King Charles III and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and other members of the Royal Family will follow behind the coffin on foot.

Up to 1,000 members of the armed forces in ceremonial dress will also be taking part in events surrounding the parade.

By Vasil

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