The British government has issued a strict list of rules for those wishing to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II while her coffin lies in state at the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament.
The official opening of the palace for visitors will take place on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. It will be open 24 hours a day until it closes on Monday 19 September at 06:30.
On Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth died surrounded by close family members at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. She will be buried on Monday at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
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LONG QUEUES TO SEE QUEEN ELIZABETH’S COFFIN
Royal fans are waiting in long lines – and possibly overnight – to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin, according to a statement from the UK government.
It said: “You will have to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the line will keep moving.
“Please think about this before you decide to visit or bring your children with you.”
DO’S AND DON’TS FOR POPULATION
The statement also issued a comprehensive list of what was acceptable and what was not.
- Dress appropriately for the weather and the likelihood of queuing throughout the day and night.
- Pack food and drink (in clear bottles) to be consumed and disposed of before entering the Security Search Point outside Westminster.
- Bring a small portable cell phone charger in case your phone runs out of battery.
- Carry your goodies in a small bag – with just one zipper.
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It’s not worth it
- Do not carry large bags or backpacks with multiple compartments and zippers.
- Do not bring flasks or water bottles with you, except for pure water bottles. All food and liquids must be consumed in line or disposed of before entering the Palace of Westminster security.
Please do not bring flowers or memorial items such as candles, soft toys and photographs as these cannot be left at the Palace of Westminster. However, floral tributes can be relegated to a dedicated floral tribute area in Green Park.
- Do not carry sharp objects, including weapons, that could endanger public safety.
- Items such as spray cans, fireworks, smoke canisters, rockets, whistles, laser devices and other items that are dangerous or may cause a disturbance or noise are strictly prohibited.
- Do not bring cooler bags, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and other tourist equipment.
Read the full statement here.
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