The British public got its first chance to visit with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II this week, as thousands of mourners stood in lines from Edinburgh to London awaiting the opportunity to pay respects to Britain’s longest serving monarch.
In London meanwhile, long lines were already forming in anticipation of a public visitation at Westminster Palace set to begin Wednesday. The queue is expected to stretch for miles and could last as long as 30 hours, officials warned. The British government is bracing for a surge of people: “You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down,” it said in a statement. Elizabeth will be lying in state there until her funeral on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey.