Early estimates suggest more than 250,000 people passed through parliament to see the queen’s coffin, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan told British broadcasters early Tuesday. While some people entering Westminster Hall may skip the queue – including legislators and their guestsAccredited journalists and foreign dignitaries are invited to the queen’s funeral – most will have to line up, in many cases overnight.
If confirmed, the figure would be significantly lower than some officials’ estimates. Reuters report On Thursday, around 750,000 people are expected to pass through the queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall. The Guinness Book of World Records stated that the necklace could be “part of a record-breaking event.”
In an article on Organization’s websitehowever, it describes funeral queues that seem to have been longer in the past, including for Elizabeth’s father, King George VI. More than 300,000 people joined what was then known as the “Great Queue” to see his coffin in 1952.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness Book of World Records, said that currently no event holds the title of “longest queue” ever.
He stressed that queuing was “an orderly formation, not everyone lined up”, meaning that the millions who attended the funeral of Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 would be unmatched.
It can be difficult to compare queen queues even with similar events. Records show that about 300,000 people passed to see former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill lay in state for more than three days in 1965. But it was a shorter line, with waiting times of just a few hours, and many people have experienced it many times.
Glenday said Guinness will rely on government numbers and also scan through records, newspaper clippings and photographs of other major events.
The organization can reach a qualifying category, he said, depending on the type of character the government assigns. “The queen lying state can earn the title of ‘longest counted queue or longest supervised queue or longest evaluated queue,” he said.
The 10-day period of national mourning for the queen, which ends on Monday in an elaborate state funeral at Westminster Abbey, is a royal blockbuster The show has been planned for decades and choreographed to the minute. But the queue was a messy, funny, and uniquely human moment amid all the rehearsed competitions. It quickly took on a life of its own, with some queuing masters doing it twice and others directly tweeting their experiences.
Football star David Beckham queued for 13 hours and told “Good Morning America” how he survived the ordeal with Pringles, lemon candy, coffee, bread, and donuts.
King Charles III and Prince William stopped by surprise on Saturday to greet the wise.
Some mourners endured serious hardships. The London Ambulance Service said it had treated 2,012 patients in the queue, with 240 taken to the hospital – as nighttime temperatures dropped and everyone huddled in blankets and tents.
The last group of mourners to show up around 6:30 a.m. Monday lined up, lined up and lined up overnight.
The Washington Post spoke to the first and last people in the queue. Vanessa Nanthakumaran, an administrative assistant and first in line, has arrived the morning of September 12th – two days before the viewing started – and had been queuing for more than 50 hours. Like many, she said she was there “to be a part of history.”
Because Christina Heereythe last person in the queue, seeing the queen was in such an important state that she did it twice.
For four and a half days starting Wednesday at 5 p.m. and ending at 6:30 a.m. Monday, the queue has become the object of attention at home and abroad, with its own dedicated tracker. government and parody social media accounts.
Some people nicknamed the queue “Elizabeth street”, which is also the name of a new subway line. The queuing is named QEII.
For many, it was surprisingly fun, with people of all ages and nationalities lining up, many of whom had connections to the queen.
Take a random person out of the crowd, as Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Barbara Miller did – live in the air — and you may find yourself speaking to the queen’s former representative in Parliament, known as “Black Rod,” David Leakey, who spent years helping to plan her funeral. (Miller humorously owns his ignorance before turning the conversation into a fascinating one about Leakey’s relationship with the queen and his thoughts on the new king’s frustration with a leaky pen.)
A priceless moment when @abcnews talk to a random member of the public in the queue to pay tribute to the Queen & that person turns out to be the former Black Rod!
When asked to explain the role, he said “Well, you have a Black Rod in Australia”pic.twitter.com/PHhyqddlKQ
– Aaron Rankin (@Aaron_R_Rankin) September 15, 2022
David Hatchett, 44, from east London, was one of the last people to see the queen’s coffin. He said the ample amount of tea got him through the nine-hour wait. Small chats with new friends also help – albeit in a very British way.
He says there are a lot of cases of “polite talking to people you don’t really know. … We exchanged anecdotes, understood people’s motivations for wanting to be present. There is a close friendship about it. However, it’s not like we’ve shared stories all our lives. “
He said seeing “the queen’s coffin, the jeweled crown on her head… was a touching moment. Being a meter or two away from the queen, it was a strange concept to face it. “