Where is the end of the line to see the queen lying in state now, and what is it like?

Queues of people waiting to see the Queen at Westminster Hall.

Where is the end of the line to see the queen in state now, and what is it really like? (Image: PA)

Thousands of mourners have already gathered to attend a historic moment when the Queen lies in state in central London.

Despite the long waits and miles of queues, the mood has remained good even in wet and gray conditions

In a royal tradition stretching back many years, public members can go to Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the late monarch.

Her coffin is to remain there until the morning of the funeral on Monday September 19th.

Find out where exactly the back of the queue is now and what it’s like to be a part of it with the help of a live queue tracker…

Where’s the end of the line to see the queen lying in state now?

The tail of the queue to see the Queen in state is currently at Bermondsey Beach and had previously returned to Southwark Park.

The live tracker shows the four mile long line is currently stretching right along the River Thames at Westminster Halland by the Palaces of Westminster.

From Albert Embankment it runs along Belvedere Road past the London Eye and onto the South Bank where it follows the River Thames past the National Theatre, Tate Modern, the Shakespeare Globe and just over Butlers Wharf Pier before descending Shad Thames Road and leads up on the other side of the Necklinger Ufer.

Doors to see the Queen in state opened at 5pm on September 14, with some fearing the wait in line could take up to 30 hours.

The current estimated waiting time is at least nine hours.

Once approaching the front, those waiting in line will be given a yellow ‘gold’ ribbon to proceed across Lambeth Bridge

The berth is accessible 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.40am on Monday 19 September, the day of the Queen’s funeral.

What is it like standing in line?

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Hundreds of thousands of people are expected during this time, many of whom braved the rain the night before the Queen’s coffin entered Westminster Hall, to be among the first to see Her Majesty lying in state.

The archbishop’s charity even ordered pizza for those who decided to line up so early.

People queuing and hiding under umbrellas and eating pizza.

What’s a little rain when there’s free pizza? (Image: REX / Sky News

“Nobody makes as much pomp and fuss as the British royal family and so it’s going to be an amazing few days,” said Israels-Swenson, a road traffic inspector who grew up with a picture of the sovereign on his wall at home.

For the first full day they are in state on September 15, many managed to get in line in the early hours of the cool gray morning, some standing there for almost six hours to get to Westminster Hall far away from the feared 30 hours.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Well-wishers queue at the ceremony for the Reclining State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 15, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II lies at Westminster Hall awaiting the morning of her funeral to attend the public can pay their last respects. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September 2022 and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Well-wishers queue early Thursday morning (Image: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Despite the opportunity, Metro.co.uk found the queue to be a cheery place where “chatter and laughter rang out as friends old and new bonded in this historic moment”.

Gaps appeared at various crossing points, “sometimes newcomers so far apart mistakenly believe they’ve reached the end. No luck, but they take it in good spirits and continue on their pilgrimage,” Metro’s Katherine Findler recalls of her wait this morning.

Damon Driver from Haverhill, who stopped to chat with us just before Blackfriars Bridge, said: “We thought it would take a lot longer so we’re pleasantly surprised.

“It all feels a bit surreal though,” Damon added. “I didn’t think it would ever happen, you’re just so used to seeing them on TV, going to engagements, meeting people. I know she’s been down for a while, but she’s been getting better and smiling and looking good.

“But we were lucky, she was a big part of my life, we saw three anniversaries, so we wanted to pay our respects, say goodbye — and say thank you.”

The line passing the Clink Prison Museum near London Bridge (Image: Katherine Fidler/Metro.co.uk)

Lines of mourners to see the Queen lying in state

Queues have grown over four miles long (Image: KatheirneFidler/Metro.co.uk)

One queueman – Daniel, from Denham in Buckinghamshire – wore a shirt with a prominent crest: “That’s my family crest, the Stapley family,” he said.

“One of my ancestors, Anthony Stapley, was a signatory to the death warrant of Charles I. However, his son switched sides and became a baronet under Charles II.

“We’ve had a lot of shady kings that were just there as a character and not much more, but this queen is very special. She was far more than a figurehead and had such integrity.

And what does he think of King Charles III? “King Charles has big shoes to fill but he started well so we’ll see.”

Metro.co.uk committed to queuing on Thursday morning and spoke to people waiting in line about why they felt compelled to join.

Parbatee Manoo, who is 48 and works for a bank, said: “We came to pay our respects to the Queen, she’s been a constant in our lives for so long and so many years that we felt compelled to come down .

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“The Queen has always been consistent in her duty and responsibility and how she respects people.

“We have always been up to date with the Royal Family, particularly the Queen’s journey and what she is doing.

“It had to mean something to us to come out today.”

As they passed the British Film Institute in Southbank, large screens showed old footage of mourners queuing to see George VI in state before receiving the gold bracelet from the London Eye.

Upon reaching Westminster Hall itself, mourners are asked to remove all liquids and food immediately and turn off our phones.

What follows is an airport style security protocol outside the entrance of St. Stephen’s towards Westminster Hall where the Queen lies in representation.

Many have described the stillness and sense of awe in the room as many people choose to withdraw from their groups and enjoy the moment to themselves.

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Leaving scenes of people hugging and wiping away tears, surprised by the emotion of the event.

Sarah McKeon, 30, and a charity worker, told Metro.co.uk: “I found it incredible and in fact I felt more emotional than I thought I did – seeing the coffin laid out and the crown on it and how calm everyone was and the Guard.

“It was a really special feeling to look at it and pay homage to it, and it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – you’ll never be able to do something like that again.”

For those who would like to take part in the scenes but are concerned about the organisation, barriers and portable toilets have been set up in Westminster and along the route in advance, which you can see in detail below.

The planned exit from the queue for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State (Image: gov.uk)
The Accessibility Route (Image: gov.uk)

Who else has laid down in the state?

The last time a member of the royal family was in state was the Queen Mother in 2002, when an estimated 200,000 visited Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen Mother.

The Queen’s father also lay down in state in 1952, where mourners endured the cold and wet weather through London’s streets as they queued in the so-called Great Queue.

Those lining up this week should also take a lesson from history and bring an umbrella, as heavy rain is forecast during the time the Queen is in state.


Notable people who have lied in the state

  • 1898—William Ewart Gladstone
  • 1910 – King Edward VII
  • 1936 – King George V
  • 1952 – King George VI
  • 1953 – Queen Mary
  • 1965 – Winston Churchill
  • 2002 – Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

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