Her Majesty The Queen will be Lying-in-State in Scotland for 24 hours from this evening. From 5pm on Wednesday the 14th of September Her Majesty will be lying-in-State in Westminster, with Westminster Hall open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday the 19th of September, the day of her funeral.
Millions will be travelling to London to view the Lying-in-State, and the rail network have already warned that trains will be full so expect travel delays. The Government have also issued guidance for those travelling to London and what to expect.
The queue is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down, as the queue will keep moving. It is suggested that you consider carefully whether to bring children with you.
The queue may close early to ensure as many visitors as possible can enter the Palace of Westminster before the Lying-in-State period comes to an end.
You are only permitted to bring one small bag per person into the Palace of Westminster. It must be smaller than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm, with one simple opening or zip so you can move quickly through the security check.
Taking chairs, tents or similar is banned and there are restrictions on the items you can take into the Palace with you – for instance any food or drink you take to consume while in the queue must be consumed or disposed of prior to entry or will be confiscated at the airport style security check point.
Photography and/or filming is strictly prohibited – this is an opportunity to personally honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.