Queen Elizabeth news: Her Majesty’s coffin now lying in state at St Giles’ cathedral as public queue to pay… – The Sun

THOUSANDS of mourners desperate to catch a glimpse of the Queen's lying-in-state face a mammoth wait of at least eight hours.
A security source told The Sun that the line of Her Majesty's well-wishers stretched close to two miles as of 07.30 this morning, from Westminster Hall all the way back to London Bridge.
The queue is now windng back to Southwark Park in South East London and you can find out exactly where it is on the government's live tracker.
Brits have travelled from across the country and the world to pay their final respects to the monarch as the Royal Family mourns the nation's loss.
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The length of the queue to visit the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall has now pushed past four miles and the nearest landmark is Bermondsey Beach.
The estimated queue time is at least 8 hours.
According to Jason Groves, political editor of the Mail, a source claims officials have stopped six people attempting to smuggle their pets into Westminster Hall.
Mr Groves tweeted: "Parliamentary source says officials have stopped six people trying to smuggle their pet dogs into Westminster Hall under their coats for the Queen's lying in state."
The reports are currently unconfirmed.
Parliamentary source says officials have stopped six people trying to smuggle their pet dogs into Westminster Hall under their coats for the Queen's lying in state
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the Queen in a special session of the House of Commons in Ottawa
He said: "I was extraordinarily fortunate to have known Her Majesty throughout my life. The first time I met her was in 1977 when I was just a little boy.
"When I would meet with her as prime minister almost four decades later in 2015, I joked that the last time that we had met she had been taller than me – she responded with a quip about my making her feel old.
"Her sense of humour was one of her many great qualities and one of the many reasons why she was one of my favourite people in the world."
The Queen's coffin will be carried during the procession on a 123-year-old gun carriage towed by 98 Royal Navy sailors in a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.
The Procession will be led by a massed Pipes & Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force – numbering 200 musicians.
On the way to Westminster Abbey, the procession will go through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary.
The procession will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am when the bearer party will lift the coffin from the gun carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service.
Monday will be a historic day, marking the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-ever reigning monarch.
The service will begin at 11am and will see millions across the world pay tribute to the late monarch.
The service will be streamed in full on The Sun website.
During the engagement, Prince William and Kate Middleton clasped their hands in a similar fashion as they viewed the heartwarming tributes.
Judi explained: “Mirroring is a sign of a very close and like-minded relationship. 
“William and Kate have always used both conscious mirroring, signalling mutual respect and a very even-status relationship and subconscious mirroring, which shows their matching ideals and thinking even when they are out of each other’s view.”
Prince Andrew will play a prominent role at the Queen's State Funeral on Monday, it has emerged.
The Duke of York – who on Wednesday marched behind Her Majesty's coffin in the Royal precession – will again take up the same position.
It’s expected that the Duke of York will wear civilian clothing for the other events planned to mark his mother’s incredible reign and life.
Thousands of mourners have joined a queue over 4 miles long to file past Her Majesty.
Some camped out overnight to pay their respects despite the miserable weather.
The current line has stretched past Tower Bridge as more well-wishers continue to join.
Meghan Markle will be joined by Sophie Wessex for the Queen's funeral procession, it was revealed today.
The pair, who travelled together for the late monarch's lying in state, will be driven behind senior royals on foot in solemn scenes on Monday.
Heathrow Airport has confirmed there will be no flights over London during the two-minute silence on Monday.
It says: "Heathrow Airport will stop all departures and arrivals for 15 minutes before and after the two minutes' silence, and during the arrival of the funeral cortege and procession at Windsor Castle.
"Flights will also be diverted around Windsor Castle to minimise noise during the private family service."
Out of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, Heathrow, NATS and airlines, will make appropriate changes to their operations to avoid noise disruption for the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at Windsor Castle on Monday 19 September 2022. (1/3)
According to the Telegraph, Prince William has told how the Queen's procession on Wednesday brought back memories of his mother's funeral.
Jane Wells claims she spoke to the new Prince of Wales outside Sandringham House.
She said: "He told us yesterday had been particularly difficult and following the coffin had reminded him of his mother's funeral, of Diana.
"He said it had been very difficult."
Prince Harry's birthday is today, and it will be a bittersweet one.
The royal is currently in the UK with his close family as they remember Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry and Meghan shared a meal with William and Kate this week, emphasising their willingness to put differences aside in grief.

Kate Middleton met with mourning Brits at Sandringham this afternoon, taking in the tributes for Her Majesty The Queen with her husband William.
Visitors to the estate were pleased to see the royals, as they spoke with the pair about Her Majesty's legacy.
One family even gave Kate a stunning bouquet of flowers.
The Queen will be buried at the King George VI memorial chapel on Monday evening.
The ceremony will take place after the public state funeral, which starts at 11am.
About 2,000 people, including world leaders and foreign royals, will gather inside Westminister Abbey.
Prime Minister Liz Truss, and Commonwealth Secretary-General Hon Patricia Scotland KC will read lessons, while the Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator will say prayers.
The sermon will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury who will also give the commendation, while the Dean will pronounce the blessing.
At 11.55am The Last Post will sound, followed by a two-minute silence which will be observed throughout the country.
Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen's piper will bring the state funeral service to an end at around 12 noon.
Read more on further details here.
Queues are getting longer and longer in the capital today, as thousands of Brits take to London to honour Her Majesty.
Queues will reach up to seven miles long today, with the potential to reach 10 miles in the coming days.
Thousands of Brits waited overnight in order to secure their spot.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have arrived at the main gates to Sandringham House in Norfolk to view floral tributes to the Queen.
Thousands of well-wishers turned out to see William and Kate look at the sea of flowers left for the late monarch by the Norwich Gates.
News of the visit was reported on Thursday and a large crowd gathered behind metal barriers.
Norfolk Police advised that an 'increasing number' of people were expected and that officers were managing a one-way system around the estate
William and Kate are now speaking with Brits at Sandringham.
The royal pair are at the estate to take in some of the tributes left for Her Majesty.
Moving slowly between each tribute, the Prince and Princess of Wales look mournful but honoured at the tributes left for Her Majesty.
Will and Kate are set to meet with mourning Brits soon.
Here are the stunning tributes Will and Kate are currently visiting at Sandringham.
The couple are there to take in the tributes left for the Queen
According to body language expert Judi James, Prince Harry wanted to do more at Her Majesty's service yesterday, having been barred from wearing his military uniform.
She told The Sun Online: "Harry’s fingers seemed to clench and unclench a couple of times as though steeling himself for the sight of the coffin and his eyes took on a rather haunted expression, with steepled brows illustrating his sadness.
"As he watch the coffin being lowered at the end of the walk, one hand stroked his frock coat in a self-comfort ritual and his shoulders rolled gently as though miming the act of loading and carrying the coffin, suggesting he would have liked to be the one helping to carry it."
Her Majesty's coffin features a heartfelt tribute to Prince Phillip.
As reported by Hello! the wreath on the Queen's coffin is made up of dahlias, phlox, white heather, pine fir, and sweet peas from Balmoral Castle.
This reflects when Prince Philip was laid to rest in Windsor last year, with his wreath featuring sweet peas, among other flowers selected by the Queen.
The online retailer, ASOS, said customer deliveries would be paused out of respect for the Queen’s funeral.
A company spokesperson said: “ASOS will operate its usual bank holiday plan on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
“The majority of ASOS staff will not be working and our carrier partners will not be delivering – customer delivery schedules will be updated accordingly.”
The nation's favourite bakery will also close its doors on Monday, as Greggs gives its staff the day to honour Her Majesty.
The four united in grief as they shared dinner together on Tuesday night, as Her Majesty spent one last evening in Buckingham palace.
It is understood the family affair was a small and private gathering with no pictures released.
But it has emerged there was an intimate dinner attended by the two brothers, another sign they are willing to put their tense relationship aside to mourn the Queen.

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