'Prepare for queues!' Million mourners expected to visit Queen's coffin before funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully last Thursday at Balmoral at the age of 96. Brits and members of the Royal Family are now taking part in several key events as the nation enters its period of mourning.

According to the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers, one million mourners are expected to queue to visit the Queen’s coffin over the four days of lying in state.

People who wish to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch can visit the Palace of Westminster in London and join 24-hour lines from Wednesday at 5pm.

They have until 6.30am on September 19, just hours before Her Majesty’s funeral, to see the Queen’s coffin.

However, Government and security officials are reportedly preparing for unprecedented engagement with the public, including enormous crowds.

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Visitors will need to go through airport-style security checks and are only permitted to bring one small bag with them.

Step-free access will also be available but mourners have been advised to consider leaving small children with relatives, given the expected queues.

An official explained: “You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.

“Large crowds are expected, and there are likely to be delays on public transport and road closures around the area.

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