Members of the public pay final respects to Queen ahead of historic state funeral

The final members of the public have filed through Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen as her Lying-in-State drew to a close.

The last people who queued through the night to view the late monarch’s coffin left the historic hall at 6.30am.

Members of parliamentary staff then followed, with Black Rod Sarah Clarke the last to walk past the coffin.

The late monarch had been Lying-in-State for four days.

As of 6am this morning, Monday 19 September, hundreds of people were still streaming out of Westminster Hall having seen the Queen lying in state.

They had been waiting for hours, with the queue closing after 10:30pm on Sunday.

It’s believed over 400,000 people viewed the Queen’s coffin ahead of her funeral today – including celebrities like David Beckham.

The former footballer David Beckham, 47, donned a flat cap and black suit for the sombre occasion. He told ITV News ' Neil Connery that he queued for 12 hours to pay his respects.

He said: “I was so lucky I was able to have a few moments in my life to be around Her Majesty.

“A sad day but it's a day to remember the incredible legacy she left."

He was joined by fellow celebrities such as Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield who also paid their respects.

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The This Morning presenters wore black as they made their way into Westminster Palace. Holly wore a mask paired with a black dress with silver buttons.

Meanwhile, Phillip followed behind her wearing a black suit and tie with a white shirt.

The presenting duo have since received backlash for allegedly skipping the queue while thousands of others stood waiting for hours on end.

ITV went on to issue a statement defending Holly and Phil saying they had “press accreditation”.

Many were left disappointed this morning as they were left unable to witness the Queen’s Lying-in-State despite having queued.

Dozens of mourners were prevented in the early hours of Monday from advancing any closer to Westminster Hall by police at the entrance to Victoria Tower Gardens next to Lambeth Bridge.

Mourners, some of whom were in tears, complained to police that they had been “lied to” earlier in the night about the chances of being able to get into Westminster Hall.

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Albert, who joined the queue without a wristband at 10pm last night, was one of the mourners who was not allowed into Westminster.

He told PA that the Government’s official live feed was not kept up-to-date with information that no more wristbands would be given out.


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