The best advice and what to expect when bereaved people face eight hours of waiting

The best advice and what to expect when bereaved people face eight hours of waiting

If you are hoping to join the queue to see the queen’s coffin, you should be prepared for a long wait.

Some mourners, who queued all night, had to wait at least eight hours before being able to enter Westminister’s Palace, where the queen rests.

Here’s everything you need to know before leaving for the queue:

Get ready for a long wait

Needless to say, the queue to see the queen’s coffin is very long. According to the latest update from the Department of Culture, Media and Sports, the queue is approximately 2.8 miles long and begins near Southwark Cathedral.

How do I find the back of the tail?

If you download the What3words app, you can find the exact end of the queue by typing the words frozen.angel.guitar.

If not, you can head to London Bridge and then walk along the seafront until you get to Southwark Cathedral. You can also use this queue tracker here.

Also check the Twitter account of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for regular updates on @DCMS.

Mourners queued all night to see the coffin (Getty Images)

Mourners queued all night to see the coffin (Getty Images)

Bring water and snacks

You will likely have to wait a very long time, so bring snacks and water with you. The wait will be physically exhausting and so it’s a good idea to get food that keeps you going.

You can leave the line to go to the bathroom

There is no need to worry about the amount of liquids you drink in the queue as you are allowed to leave the queue to go to the bathroom. When you join the queue you will be given a bracelet with the time you joined.

This means that you will not lose your place in the queue if you go out.

The queue is currently three miles long (AFP via Getty Images)

The queue is currently three miles long (AFP via Getty Images)

There is a separate queue for wheelchair access

There is a “special access” queue running from Tate Britain to parliament for people with disabilities and disabilities. There is also step-free access to the security research point and the Palace of Westminster.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs are allowed at the Palazzo. Visitor assistants in Parliament will guide wheelchair users and anyone with mobility problems along a path to access the hall.

Make friends with the people around you

Chances are you will be in a queue for a long time, so chat with people around you. The independentMaryam Zakir-Hussain, who queued to see the queen on Wednesday, befriended a woman next to her, Harbinder Sandhar.

Read his experience in queue here.

The Queen lies in the state before her funeral on Monday (POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

The Queen lies in the state before her funeral on Monday (POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Plan your trip up to the queue and expect the trip to take longer than expected

The journey to the queue may take longer than expected, so please allow more time to get there.

Transport for London said the Westminster area in London will be “exceptionally busy”. Some roads are also closed in the area and consequently bus services are interrupted.

People are also asked to avoid using Green Park station.

Bring a phone charger and power bank

A tip for a long wait anywhere is to bring a power bank and charger for your phone. While you can probably spend a few hours chatting with the people around you, at some point you will likely want to spend time looking at your phone.

Alternatively, bring a good book or magazine to keep you entertained.

There are rules as to what you can bring into the room (POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

There are rules as to what you can bring into the room (POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

What can’t I take to the Houses of Parliament?

Only clear water bottles are allowed, so don’t bring a fancy new flask you just bought just to have it confiscated by the stewards.

No flowers or other tribute items are allowed, or sharp objects including knives.

Refrigerators, baskets and other camping equipment are not allowed into the lobby.

You can only carry a small bag with a single opening or zipper.

There are security checks along certain parts of the queue, so plan ahead.

Some people said it took eight hours or more to get in (EPA)

Some people said it took eight hours or more to get in (EPA)

Can i take pictures when i’m inside?

Filming, photography or the use of cell phones is not permitted once you are inside the Westminister Building.

How does the bracelet system work?

You will be given a numbered bracelet once you enter the bottom of the queue, which is a record of the time you signed up.

This allows you to leave the queue for short periods.

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