David Beckham, Sharon Osbourne queue to see the Queen lying in state

David BeckhamSharon Osbourne and “Good Morning Britain” anchor Susannah Reid are among the hundreds of thousands who have queued for hours to pay tribute to her. Queen Elizabeth II While she is lying in the state ahead of her last rites on September 19.

Beckham told Sky News – which caught him waiting in line – that he had joined the queue at 2 a.m. Friday. “Well, we all want to celebrate our Queen, Her Majesty,” he told the camera crew as the line progressed. Later that day, at around 3 pm, BBC livestream of lying in the state Dressed in a black suit and tie, Beckham is finally shown entering Westminster Hall. As the soccer star approached the coffin of the Queen, who is seated on a catapult draped in the Royal Standard Flag and the Imperial State Crown, she stopped and bowed her head, pausing for a moment and following the other mourners.

Osbourne was seen in a queue by ITV News on Wednesday evening. “I love the Queen and I came for it because I’m a royal person and I love the royal family,” she told the interviewer.

Reid, who previously co-hosted “GMB” with Piers Morgan he quit On comments about the Queen’s granddaughter Meghan Markle, she said on Thursday she spent just seven hours waiting with her mother and a friend. On Twitter, she advised others planning to brave the queue to “wear your most comfortable shoes” and “don’t carry too much in one bag.” In response to someone who asked if her mother had a chance to sit while the queue progressed, Reid replied: “Several times on public benches along the route. It’s a challenge to stand for long periods of time.”

Beckham, Osbourne and Reid were widely praised for joining the public queue instead of using the VIP line, which “This Morning” anchors Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield were caught doing on the BBC’s live feed. was.

The first to join the queue arrived about 48 hours before the late start in the state. At that time, the Queen’s body was not even in London, but was still in Scotland, where she died last week at the age of 96, On Tuesday, she was taken from Edinburgh to London, spending a final night at Buckingham Palace before her coffin was carried to Westminster Hall (part of the UK’s Houses of Parliament) in an elaborate ceremonial procession on Wednesday afternoon, attended by her family. was also involved. King Charles III and Princesses William and Harry, all attended.

The Queen’s body will now lie in a state surrounded by soldiers in traditional uniform until Monday morning, when it will be taken to Westminster Abbey for her funeral. On Friday evening, the Queen’s family appeared at Westminster Hall to pay respects by standing around her coffin with their children King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Her grandchildren, including Princesses William and Harry, are due to do the same on Saturday.

On Monday afternoon, the Queen will make her final visit to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip, who died last April.

Visitors file behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster.

Millions of mourners have now joined the queue to pay their last respects to the Queen. The crowd of people is so much that the queue itself has become a center of tourist attraction while rearing snakes on the banks of the river Thames. memeNicknamed (“QEII,” a play on the name of a now-retired transatlantic cruise ship) and even a livetracker on YouTube set up by the UK’s Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS), people who Warns those who are joining to consider how long it is and how long they can wait.

On Friday morning, as the queue became five miles long, it was temporarily closed, though a second queue followed in Southwark Park. By Friday afternoon, that queue was also closed, with the newcomer reportedly standing in the third row outside the park gate.

“I really decided this morning that I was definitely going to do it,” said Juliet from Leicestershire, who joined the second line. Diversity Around lunch on Friday. “There are some of us who went to the train station together and joined together, we joined a convoy and ended up in a queue for a queue.”

Asked what prompted her to wait in line for hours to see the Queen’s coffin, Juliet replied: “I wanted to pay my respects. I just thought about how much she gave to everyone else in her life, I really felt like I wanted to do it. And after losing my mother myself, it resonated with me and I really wanted to be here.”

Juliet also admitted that she is a fan of the Netflix series “The Crown”, which depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch. “It really taught me a lot,” she said. “And especially this past week, there are references to important occasions in the life of the Queen, and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, I saw that. Oh no, it was on “The Crown,” it wasn’t real life But I knew about it because of ‘The Crown’.”

Mourners have been warned to wait 14 hours to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state. kj yosman

Not everyone in the queue is a fan of the Peter Morgan series, though. Friends Jan, Sam and Leslie queued for 13.5 hours before arriving at Westminster Hall at around 2:30 p.m. on Friday. He described the experience as “wonderful”, adding that the atmosphere inside was “very calm, very respectful”.

“That’s all we ever know,” said Jan Diversity When all three came out of the hall with tears in their eyes. “We loved her and she has been incredible to our country.”

“She’s been a great role model for all women,” Leslie said.

When asked if they had seen ‘The Crown’, two of the three nodded. “You have to remember that it’s not all facts,” Jan said. “It’s His” [the writers’] Interpret it, so you really have to take it into account when you’re watching it.”

were very enthusiastic about the group Sketch of Her Majesty with Paddington Bear, which she secretly recorded for her Platinum Jubilee two months ago. “Absolutely amazing,” said Jan.

“It still makes me want to cry when I think about it,” agreed Leslie.

On the other side of the river, Cat Webster, who was in line with friends from West Yorkshire, also praised the sketch. “Absolutely amazing, I absolutely loved it and I loved the way the Queen embraced it and acted with it,” Webster said. Diversity, “It really showed her an amazing sense of humor.”
Asked why he felt compelled to brave the queue and participate in the lay-in-state, Webster replied: “This is the opportunity of a lifetime. And whatever the Queen has done for us and our country and the world, that’s the least I can do and I want to pay my respects to the Queen. I absolutely loved the queen. ,

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