Queen’s lying in state: why has entry for the queue stopped and when will it reopen?

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Southwark Park was always the designated end point for the line (AP)
Southwark Park was always the designated end point for the line (AP)

Thousands of mourners are queueing for hours to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall.

The queue of people hoping to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II stretches for five miles from Westminster, along the South Bank, ending at Southwark Park.

The Queen will lie in state until her funeral on Monday September 19 when a ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey.

However, mourners hoping to see her coffin over the weekend will now have to wait hours before even joining the queue.

Why has entry to the queue been stopped?

Entry to the queue has been stopped, with the gates to Southwark Park closed at around 12pm on Friday.

The government’s queue tracker, which updated people on where to join the queue and how long they could expect to wait, says: “The queue is at capacity and entry is currently paused.

“Please do not attempt to join it until it resumes. Check back for further updates.”

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Thousands queue to view Queen Lying in State

(Jeremy Selwyn)
(Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Members of the public stand in the queue on the South Bank in London adjacent to the London Eye, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral (PA)
Members of the public stand in the queue on the South Bank in London adjacent to the London Eye, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral (PA)
People wait in a queue to pay their respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II during the Lying-in State (AP)
People wait in a queue to pay their respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II during the Lying-in State (AP)
People wait in a queue to pay their respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II during the Lying-in State (AP)
People wait in a queue to pay their respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II during the Lying-in State (AP)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Members of the public stand in the queue on the South Bank in London adjacent to the London Eye, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral (PA)
Members of the public stand in the queue on the South Bank in London adjacent to the London Eye, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral (PA)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)
Queuing for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeremy Selwyn)

Entry to the queue has been stopped because it has reached capacity, with nobody allowed to join the queue for at least six hours. A separate queue for people with accessibility needs is also at capacity.

When the queue closed, the current wait time was around 14 hours.

The queue is expected to reopen around 6pm but this could change depending on capacity.

Mourners still hoping to join the queue should refer to the government’s queue tracker to find out when the queue will reopen, and for information on how long they can expect to wait.