The past few days have seen Brits do what they do best – stand in an orderly queue, and for a very good reason.
People from across the world have flown to London with the longest wait time of 24 hours, to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II and see her coffin in Westminster Hall before her funeral on Monday (September 19).
Even celebrities, usually with the luxury of VIP access to the most sought out areas, stood in line for their chance to be part of this momentous occasion in history.
It comes ahead of the state funeral, which will take place on Monday and be broadcast to the nation.
The ceremony will start at 11am, with the procession from Westminster Hall beginning at 10.35am.
A nationwide two-minute silence at 12pm (midday) will also take place.
Marvel’s Tilda Swinton was spotted in amongst the sea of people besides the Queen’s coffin, as she bowed gracefully to honour the late monarch.
The actress, who is known for her titular roles in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Doctor Strange, was also a childhood acquaintance of Princess Diana’s as they both attended the West Heath Girls’ School in Kent.
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One national treasure that caught everyone’s eye was former England footballer, David Beckham, who queued for 13 hours to see the Queen lying in state.
The sporting legend wore a suit and flat cap, as he waited patiently with thousands of other people as the line crawled along through central London.
At the time, he told the BBC: ‘We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our Queen.’
Beckham was also seen to shed a tear on camera, as he finally arrived in Westminster Hall.
Former X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne also joined the line and hugged members of the public as they waited together, as she revealed she’s a huge ‘royalist.’
She said: ‘I love the Queen, and I came over for this because I’m a royalist and I love the royal family.’
Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid documented her 7 hour wait and shared her tips for others waiting in the line 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 tweeted.
She also gave some advice for other’s planning to undertake the lengthy wait: ‘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 minutes.
She added: ‘Wear the comfiest shoes you won. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.’
The TV presenter said that people were given wristbands near Tower Bridge and there was ‘no queue jumping’, but people could dip in and out of the line for the toilet or to grab food.
A petition has been made to cancel the long-running daytime programme, with a statement claims ITV ‘exploited’ the situation and is ‘damaging.’
The queue is expected to close this evening and members of the public have been told to not join the 13 hour wait to avoid disappointment.
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