Paying respects to Queen Elizabeth II may mean long lines

Thousands are expected to want to pay tribute to the only monarch many in the UK have ever known.

LONDON, UK – People who want to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she pays her last respects at the Houses of Parliament in London can expect a long wait.

The Government has issued guidelines for people wishing to walk past the closed coffin of the late Queen as it lies in state at the Palace of Westminster from 5pm (1600 GMT) Wednesday to 6:30am (0530 GMT) on September 19. Thousands are expected to pay tribute to the only monarch many in the UK have ever known.

The rules were released a day after thousands of people lined roads and bridges on Sunday as a hearse carried the Queen’s coffin through the Scottish countryside from her beloved Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh.

“If you wish to attend the Lying-in-State, please note that there will be a queue which is expected to be very long. They have to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, and have very little opportunity to sit down as the queue is constantly moving,” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s guidelines read.

The closed coffin of the monarch, who died on Thursday at the age of 96, will rest on a raised platform called the catafalque in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament.

“Large crowds are expected and there will likely be public transport delays and road closures in the area,” the ministry warned.

Visitors must go through airport-style security and are only allowed to bring a small bag with a zip opening. Larger bags can be stowed in a special facility – but only if space is available.

The Department is advising people to bring essentials for what could be a long wait exposed to all the elements an early autumn day in London can throw at them – an umbrella or sunscreen, a cellphone power bank and any medicine needed.

No food or liquids may be allowed through security in the Houses of Parliament. Nor flowers or other honors such as candles, toys or photographs.

“Please respect the dignity of this event and behave appropriately. You should be silent at the Palace of Westminster,” the advice said, adding that people must dress appropriately and turn off their cell phones before going through security.

Included in a list of things not to do: “Film, photograph, use mobile phones or other portable devices in the security search area or the Palace of Westminster. Bring or set up pavilions or tents. Grill and light the fire.”

And a long list of prohibited items includes firecrackers, smoke canisters, flares, whistles, laser devices and other items that could be used to cause a disruption, as well as any banners, placards, flags, advertising or marketing messages. Paying respects to Queen Elizabeth II may mean long lines

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