Daniel Mays waited 11 hours to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin lying-in-state.
The ‘Line of Duty’ star stood in line to say a proper goodbye to the Queen after she reigned for more than 70 years while she was lying-in-state in Westminster Hall before her state funeral on Monday (19.09.2022).
The 44-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Sunday (18.09.2022): “11 hours queueing to pay our respects to the Queen for her exceptional 70 years of service yesterday. The warmth, affection, conversations shared, glorious views and sense of community were magical to be part of. Made me proud to be British and proud to be a Londoner.”
Daniel also posted a message of condolences on the day (08.09.2022) Her Majesty passed away.
He tweeted: “Lots of emotional moments whilst watching the continued coverage of our Queen’s passing. Last night’s final journey to the Palace in the typically dizzily London rain proper choked me. The moment the police outriders bowed their heads as the crowds cheered. She was so loved.”
David Beckham joined his fellow mourners in the queue and waited 13 hours to pay his respects.
He said: “We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our Queen.”
Susanna Reid and Tilda Swinton also were said to have offered their condolences in person while ‘This Morning’ presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield faced widespread criticism for appearing to “jump the queue”, a claim denied by ITV.
A statement from the channel said: “Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something. We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme. They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.