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We got given the final wristbands to see Queen lying in state after travelling nearly 100 miles – we couldn’t believe it English Headline


A MUM and daughter couldn’t believe their luck tonight after they were handed the final wristbands to see the Queen’s lying-in-state.

The queue was closed at 10.41pm, with officials handing out the final pair of wristbands to Christine and Sarah Rogers.

Christine Rogers, 62, and daughter Sarah Rogers, 29, got the last two wristbands

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Christine Rogers, 62, and daughter Sarah Rogers, 29, got the last two wristbandsCredit: The Sun
Thousands are still waiting in line to pay tribute to the Queen before the funeral

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Thousands are still waiting in line to pay tribute to the Queen before the funeralCredit: AP
The queue to see the Queen's coffin officially shut shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday

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The queue to see the Queen’s coffin officially shut shortly after 10.30pm on SundayCredit: Rex

Christine said she “wouldn’t have dreamt” of being given the final wristband to access Westminster Hall.

The remaining crowds, which stretched over half a mile away, were told that no more wristbands would be given out.

An elated Christine, 62, who travelled nearly 100 miles from Ipswich to join the Queue at 10am on Sunday, said: “We decided on Tuesday to come down and see what was happening.

“We put the effort in because it does mean a lot to come and see the Queen.”

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“We went the wrong way at first but eventually we found the queue.

“I can’t believe we’re the last people through, I wouldn’t have dreamt of it.

Daughter Sarah, 29, said: “It means a lot to get through the queue and pay our respects.

“She’s been a constant in my life and in my mum’s life so we felt like we needed to come and say goodbye.”

Disappointed crowds applauded the final two wristband holders as they were led away to join the end of the line, who continued to filter through overnight.

Her Majesty is lying in state at Westminster Hall until 6.30am tomorrow, ahead of her funeral service.

Officials shut off the line around three miles from the Queen’s coffin, with just seven hours left for existing queuers to filter past.

Mourners were this morning told not to set off to join the queue to avoid disappointment ahead of its inevitable closure.

Thousands have already made the journey to view the Queen’s coffin and pay their respects since it was taken to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

Yesterday the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the accessible queue had reached full capacity and it was permanently closed.

That closure came after the general public queue was suspended on Friday when the wait time climbed to more than 25 hours.

Officials were forced to make the call as it stretched more than five-miles long, and reached capacity.

Entry later resumed, but at about 1.15am yesterday the DCMS online tracker urged Brits not to make the journey.

At 5am, they said the queue was at “near total capacity” and may have to be paused again if it became full.

But as of 9am, the expected wait time fell to 16 hours.

Those in line were warned to brace for cold weather, as temperatures dipped below 7C.

Undeterred, a steady stream of people joined the queue, many wearing coats, and jumpers and wrapped up in blankets.

Tatie Kirst, 38, a project manager who joined the queue yesterday, said: “I think I’m prepared, I brought my good coat, I have a stool if I need to sit, I’m getting food and water, and we’re going to walk the way.

“I think there is always a question, ‘is it worth it? Can I make it?’ And hopefully, yes.

“I wanted to be part of this, pay my respect to the Queen.”

Mourners then got a huge boost when King Charles and Prince William surprised them to thank them for waiting up to 26 hours to pay their respects to the Queen.

Hundreds of royal fans in line in Lambeth, South London, applauded as the 73-year-old Monarch and his son emerged together.

Many took photos and pressed against the metal barriers, eager to exchange a word with the pair.

Several shouted “God Save the King” and “God Save the Prince of Wales” as they passed by.

One person told Wills: “You’ll be a brilliant king one day”, before he said to another: “It really means a lot that you’re here.”

And at one point, he warned royal fans “it’s very emotional when you get in there” as he prepped them for stepping foot inside the Palace.

Since Wednesday afternoon, crowds have been flocking to London to pay tribute to the late monarch – despite being warned of lengthy waits.

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They have been slowly shuffling along the south bank of the Thames to get a glimpse of her coffin.

In a bid to get through the giant queue quicker, officials introduced double lines on either side of the coffin to ferry through even more mourners.

Tearful mourners have been filing past the Queen's coffin at the Westminister Hall since Wednesday

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Tearful mourners have been filing past the Queen’s coffin at the Westminister Hall since WednesdayCredit: PA
The hall will officially close to the public at 6.30am tomorrow

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The hall will officially close to the public at 6.30am tomorrowCredit: PA
Thousands of people had queued through the night - even in freezing temperatures

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Thousands of people had queued through the night – even in freezing temperaturesCredit: AFP





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