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Mourners in queue stay undeterred by low temperatures and prolonged waits



Mourners remained undeterred and ready to attend “so long as it takes” to see the Queen mendacity in state, amid warnings of a 24-hour queue and Government warnings to not journey.

These ready within the queue, which now has its personal BBC climate forecast, confronted temperatures of 7C simply earlier than 7am on Saturday, at which era the official queue tracker suggested the general public to not make the journey.

Regardless of frequently checking the tracker, mourners went in opposition to recommendation to journey to pay their respects to the late monarch.

Members of the general public queue on the South Financial institution of the Thames reverse the Palace of Westminster in central London (James Manning/PA)

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Claire Sensible, 47, who had come to the capital from Teesside, instructed the PA information company she had travelled to “pay my respects and to apologise for all of the occasions as a bit lady I rolled my eyes having to hearken to the Queen”.

She went on: “I at all times needed to curtsy in entrance of the Queen when she was alive, and type of felt it was essential to return and do it now.”

When requested whether or not she was delay by the anticipated ready occasions when she set off at 4.45am, Ms Sensible replied: “I simply thought I’ll remorse not attempting.”

Linda Partridge, 71, and Simon Hopkins, 59, travelled from the West Midlands for the mendacity in state as a result of they felt “that want to return down”.

Ms Partridge, who left house at 3am to make the journey, stated: “Though they stated it was closed I felt that want to return down.

“If we’ve acquired right here after which they turned away, then effective. I might have simply felt I wanted to return after which be instructed I couldn’t go.”

Mourners view the Queen’s coffin mendacity in state on the catafalque in Westminster Corridor (PA)

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Mr Hopkins stated: “There was a way of maybe finest not journey, however simply to make the journey and simply to test it out, and you recognize, if it led to disappointment, then so be it.”

Ms Partridge had introduced a strolling stick to a seat due to issues together with her knee, however in any other case the pair introduced nothing with them.

She instructed PA: “I feel we thought that we’re going to get down right here and we had been going to be turned away.

“That was the again of our minds anyway.”

Shiv Pandian, 58, from Raynes Park, south-west London, stated his 30 years working as a urologist for the NHS had ready him for a protracted wait.

“There’s plenty of locations to eat and bogs and issues; you’re used to working lengthy hours on the NHS,” he instructed PA, laughing.

“The Queen has served us for 70 years. I’ve served alongside together with her for 30 years. I’ve seen three jubilees of hers, and I need to say goodbye.”

Members of the general public within the queue close to Tower Bridge (James Manning/PA)

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He added: “I acquired out at Waterloo and adopted the queue backwards, after which at one level I used to be guided right here to Southwark Park. Then it stated reassuringly, it’s 14 hours from the doorway right here, so I’m hoping by midnight as we speak I’ll have seen the Queen.”

Paula Priest, 53, from Wolverhampton, stated she was pleased to attend “so long as it takes” to succeed in Westminster Corridor.

“We’re right here for the period now, positively.”

Those that braved the journey regardless of Authorities warnings had been pleasantly stunned by the tempo of the queue. 

In a while Saturday morning the tracker had stopped telling mourners to not journey, and the wait had dropped to 16 hours.

There was fixed motion via Southwark Park till the Thames path alongside Bermondsey Wall East the place the queue grew to become extra stationary.

Shiny pink wristbands, which state they don’t assure entry to Westminster Corridor, proceed to be handed out.

These ready described the expertise as well-organised, with pleasant workers and officers readily available to help.

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