MOURNERS are now queuing for a spot in the original Queen’s coffin queue in what has been branded the “most British thing ever”.
Thousands were left disappointed today when the government shut down the original queue for Westminster Hall to file past Her Majesty.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DMCS) warned people to stay away as the queue was closed for at least six hours.
A holding pen was set up as desperate mourners begged security to be let in to the main queue, which has been dubbed the “Elizabeth Line”.
Security were allowing around 100 people at a time from the holding area into the queue every 15 minutes so they could wait to file past the Queen’s coffin.
This has led to a snaking line of eager mourners at Southwark Park who are patiently waiting to join the main queue so they can pay their respects.
The whole affair has left social media users baffled – with many jokingly calling the new queue the QEII.
One said: “Is this the most British thing ever? What happens to the people who are tuning up now and cannot get into the queue? Will there be a queue to join the queue?”
Another wrote: “So people waiting to join the queue, are now queuing around Southwark Park waiting for the main queue to reopen”.
Tens of thousands of people have descended on London hoping to file past the Queen’s coffin as she lies in state.
Officials were forced to pause the line this morning amid warnings it would take 14 hours to reach Westminster Hall.
Among the mourners queuing was David Beckham, who just paid his respects to Her Majesty after a 13-hour wait.
The government has released an official queue tracker online to track just how long the line is.
Those in the queue will be given a wristband so they can leave the queue for comfort breaks and then return.
The Queen will be laid to rest in a state funeral on Monday to mark her incredible 70 years of service.
Further details on the plans were released yesterday – with the sombre occasion starting at 11am in Westminster Abbey.
The Queen’s gun carriage will be drawn by 138 Royal Naval ratings as it is moved from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey via Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary.
It will be followed on foot by King Charles and members of the Royal Family including Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel where her mother and father were buried along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.
Prince Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join his beloved wife of 73 years.