Queen dies – latest news: Russia upset by 'blasphemous' funeral rejection; Queue to see Queen nearly 5 miles long – Sky News

Details of the Queen’s funeral emerge, including a two minutes’ silence across UK on Monday morning and Her Majesty to be buried with Prince Philip; the queue to see her coffin stretches more than four miles through London.
There are two main events today – the King and Queen Consort’s visit to Wales, and a vigil around the Queen’s coffin, when King Charles will be joined by his sister and brothers.
Entry to the queue to see the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall could be paused, a government department has said.
The queue is all the way back in Southwark Park this morning.
The estimated queuing time at 9.20am was at least 14 hours.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that if Southwark Park “reaches capacity, entry to the queue will be paused”.
It added: “If you have not yet set off to join, please consider waiting until numbers have reduced.”
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Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has been sharing an “abiding memory” of the Queen.
Asked to recall an encounter with Her Majesty, Mr Drakeford told Sky News: “Well, if I close my eyes and think of a memory, it would be of less than a year ago when the Queen came to Cardiff to open the latest term of the Welsh parliament. 
“The Queen had come to Wales to open every single session of the assembly. And in October last year, at a time when we knew she was beginning to step back from her more strenuous duties, she came to Cardiff.”
The first minister added: “She was on very good form, very alert, very engaged, very keen to talk to all the people who were there wishing to talk to her. 
“And I think that will be an abiding memory for me.”
Mr Drakeford said he’d had an “opportunity of a telephone conversation with the New Prince of Wales”.

Prince William said he “wanted to take on his new responsibilities slowly”, the first minister confided.
Mr Drakeford continued: “And I think that was a very wise approach that he wants to give himself time to become familiar with conditions of contemporary Wales, to think of those causes that he will be able to associate himself with in order to make a success of them. 
“He knows North Wales, particularly, of course, because he lived there while he worked as an emergency helicopter pilot working out of Anglesey. 
“And I think that he is looking forward to deepening that relationship, and to give himself the time he will need to do so.” 
Sadiq Khan has said all 43 police forces will be contributing to the security operation for the Queen’s funeral.
The London mayor told Sky News: “We’ve got brilliant personnel from the armed forces helping in London, the Army, RAF, Navy, as planned. 
“Thousands of stewards as well.”
Mr Khan added: “This funeral is unprecedented. It’s the largest gathering of world leaders for decades. 
“On top of that, you’ve got literally hundreds of thousands coming to pay their respects. 
“And you’ll be seeing over the course of the next few days, prime ministers, presidents, sovereigns arrive in lots of teamwork between the Foreign Office, the Home Office, City Hall and many others.”
He also said London “won’t be full” over the bank holiday weekend.
He commented: “If it’s the case that parts of the ceremonial footprint get to capacity, with concern about safety, there is overflow with eight massive screens in Hyde Park. 
“So everyone who wants to be here on the day to share the experience should be able to do so.”
Three central London Tube stations will be closed for most of Monday morning to avoid overcrowding.
Passengers will not be able to start or end journeys at Westminster, St James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner, Transport for London (TfL) said.

It will “aim to reopen stations” after the funeral to help people get home from the Westminster area.
Green Park station will be exit-only between 10am and 8pm.
In addition, many buses in central London will be diverted because of road closures.

Buses will pull over “if it is safe and practical to do so” and switch their engines off during the one-minute silence on Sunday at 8pm and the two-minute silence at around 11.55am on Monday, TfL said.

The queue to see the Queen’s coffin was about 4.4 miles long at 8am, the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport said.
Waiting time was up to 11.5 hours – meaning that if you joined at 8am, it will be 7.30pm before you are in Westminster Hall. 
The end of the queue at 8am was near Bermondsey Beach.
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People who queued for hours to see the Queen’s coffin have been giving their reflections to Sky News. 
One mourner described it as a “pilgrimage”.
The lying in state at Westminster Hall will conclude at 6.30am on Monday, when the doors will be closed in preparation for the funeral.
Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is reportedly going to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Ms Zelenska will also be among 500 heads of state and dignitaries invited to a VIP reception hosted by King Charles the day before, The Sun reported.
A source told the newspaper: “Olena Zelenska’s presence is yet another sign of the global support for Ukraine while Russia is isolated.
“Britain is one of Ukraine’s staunchest allies. Her presence at the funeral is a sign of that friendship and mutual respect.”
Russia has not been invited to send a delegate to the funeral – something its foreign ministry has described as “profoundly immoral”.
It said: “We view this British attempt to use a national tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world for geopolitical purposes to settle scores with our country during the days of mourning as profoundly immoral.”
Thousands of people have again been queuing through the night to see the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall.
Fiona Holloran, a PhD student, wept after paying her respects.
The Londoner, 34, said: “It was very moving to see the vigil around her – I was a little bit surprised at how much it struck me.”
She had queued with her baby strapped to her in a carrier but said the wait had been “worth it”.
“It’s lovely that everyone has just a moment to themselves – no one was pushing,” she added.

Amy Harris, also 34, said the atmosphere in Westminster Hall was “breath-taking”.

“When you’re able to go in and have a moment to look at it and reflect, the serenity of it – to be able to pay your respects in such a serene place, it’s very peaceful,” she added.
King Charles and the Queen Consort will fly to Wales by helicopter today, where they will attend a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral at 11am.
The couple will then go to the Welsh Parliament, where they will receive condolences and meet members of the Senedd.
There will also be a private audience with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford at Cardiff Castle at about 12.25pm.
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