5-mile queue to view Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will ‘see horrible tales of struggling’


Jonathan Haslam, who was chief communications secretary to then prime minister John Main, criticised the fundamental queuing system and urged a ticketing operation would have labored higher. In a dire warning, Mr Haslam advised Instances Radio: “I’ve a worry that we is likely to be sleepwalking into a extremely tough scenario.”

He stated he “couldn’t think about” the late Queen “would need folks to undergo” a 30-hour queue, including: “I’ve bought actual considerations in regards to the well being of individuals of my era, and even youthful folks. With the ability to face up to all of that does not make sense to me.

“’We will see some horrible tales about folks struggling, attempting to pay their respects. And there is bought to be a greater method of doing these items. And it will not be too late to rescue it.

“That is not what Her Majesty would have wished.”

The entrance of the queue started forming at Lambeth Bridge on Tuesday morning with only a handful of individuals sheltering beneath a gazebo. Officers stated they might start handing out wristbands by dusk.

Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, who was coming from the route of close by Lambeth Palace, stopped to maintain them firm and joined within the singing of the hymn “Reward My Soul the King of heaven”. The Archbishop stated: “I feel the Queen’s final nice present to the nation is to carry us collectively.”

Within the first signal that the queueing is tough, David Carlson,75, a veteran soldier, felt sick and needed to be seated whereas he recovered. “I had my thick coat on and I bought a bit scorching,” stated Mr Carlson. Police got here to his help and fellow queuers introduced him meals and sat with him as he regained his energy.

Mr Carlson added: “You have to suck it up. I am right here, I am not going anyplace. I swore an oath to Queen and nation and I really feel it is my obligation to pay my respects.”

Operation Feather 

The administration of the queue – referred to as Operation Feather – is being run by the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport, which stated {that a} ticketing system would have been rigid and lowered the numbers that might have been capable of see the late Queen mendacity in state.

A supply stated: “If it goes easily this fashion as much as 400,000 folks will be capable of pay their respects. This technique is extra egalitarian.”

Ministers are unsure how many individuals will attend and stay unclear at what stage the queue must be shut down to make sure everybody nonetheless in it would have the possibility to pay their respects earlier than the minimize off on Monday. Authorities are additionally urging the general public to regulate social media so that they don’t make pointless journeys into London when the queue will likely be closed off to new joiners. 

The supply added: “Stewards have been instructed to look out for folks struggling, to take them out, give them a cup of tea and transfer them up the queue. We will likely be actively looking for folks in misery.”



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