Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby join thousands queuing to see the Queen lying in state

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Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby join thousands queuing to see the Queen lying in state

This Morning presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby looked sombre as they paid respect to the Queen at her lying in state.

The duo were seen walking beside mourners in all-black outfits at Westminster Hall on Friday during the segment filmed for a special tribute edition of the ITV show.

A source told MailOnline: “They did not get to pay their respects to the Queen in the same way as queuing members of the public but they filmed in a section put aside for press.

“This Morning’s Friday show has been cancelled in favour of rolling ITV news coverage in the lead-up to the Queen’s state funeral. The programme will be back on screens on Tuesday.”

It came as fellow TV star Susanna Reid revealed she queued for over seven hours to pay tribute to Her Majesty.

The Good Morning Britain anchor, 51, told followers she had “just experienced a moment in history” after attending the event with her mother Sue on Thursday.

She wrote on Twitter: “Evening – along with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.”

She also shared tips for those queing, adding: “If you are planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins. Wear the comfiest shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.

“Don’t carry too much in a bag – water is freely available and there are lots of cafes along the route. Also plenty of toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted the entire time.”

She added: “The first part of the queue is for wristbands. Ours were given out at Tower Bridge about an hour after we began queuing. There is no queue jumping – people waited patiently for wristbands and once you have one you can leave the qu Reality TV star Sharon Osbourne was also seen among the thousands of mourners.”

David Beckham has also paid his respects, queuing for roughly 14 hours to see the late monarch lie in state.

On Friday the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) paused the queue to Westminster Hall for “at least six hours” after Southwark Park reached capacity, with the estimated queueing time for mourners having risen to at least 14 hours.

Some of those in the queue will witness the King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex hold a 15-minute vigil around their mother’s coffin at around 7.30pm this evening.

For those who are not able to attend in person, a continuous livestream of the Queen lying in state has been set up by a number of broadcasters including the BBC and ITV.

Thousands have tuned in over the past couple of days to watch mourners file solemnly past the coffin to pay their respects.