The Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) on-line tracker says the anticipated wait time is greater than 24 hours, warning of chilly temperatures as individuals queue from Southwark Park in south-east London to pay their respects to the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Corridor, about 5 miles away.
Undeterred, a gradual stream of individuals joined the queue on Friday night, many carrying coats and jumpers.
Tatie Kirst, 38, of Canada Water in south-east London, a challenge supervisor who had simply joined the queue in Southwark Park, stated: “Properly, it’s a journey proper?
“I feel I’m ready, I introduced my good coat, I’ve a stool if I want to take a seat, I’m getting meals and water, and we’re going to stroll the best way.
“I feel there’s at all times a query, Is it price it? Can I make it? And hopefully, sure.
“I needed to be a part of this, pay my respect to the Queen.”
The queue was earlier paused for 40 minutes when it reached capability, and when it reopened mourners have been urged by the DCMS to not be part of the road till a minimum of 4pm.
Officers stopped individuals becoming a member of the queue completely at round 11.35am on the entrance to Southwark Park as a consequence of overwhelming demand.
Downing Road stated the queue system was going to plan.
James Birchall, 33, a trainee physiotherapist who travelled from Liverpool to pay his respects, was additionally queuing.
He stated: “Now I simply really feel regular and unemotional however as I get nearer and nearer (to the Queen’s coffin) I feel I’ll begin to develop into extra emotional and perhaps 5 minutes earlier than I’m going in I’ll in all probability, regardless that I don’t appear to be the kind of particular person, I’ll in all probability begin crying.
“I completely beloved the Queen, she was nice, she had been there all my life, I’ve at all times had respect for her. She was nice for our nation, at all times did her responsibility proper till she died.
“When she died I used to be overcome with emotion and I assumed, I’ve obtained to return to London to see it.”
On the 1000’s of individuals queuing, he added: “I’m completely amazed as a result of there’s so many individuals, younger and outdated — I didn’t suppose younger individuals would come, essentially, as a result of they aren’t actually in tune with monarchy, however there’s so many younger individuals right here to pay their respects which I feel is superior.”
Additionally queuing was Vlasta Picker, 73, of Bedford, who stated: “I got here right here in 1977 on the Silver Jubilee.
“Rising up in central Europe, monarchy was a factor of the previous, historical past.
“I used to be actually fairly mesmerised, it was huge in 1977 and I’ve admired her ever since as a result of she was an exquisite particular person, distinctive.
“To serve all her life till the tip, it’s one thing, isn’t it? Unprecedented. And that’s why I need to be right here.”
Figures from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) present that 435 members of the general public have been handled alongside the route of the queue to see the Queen mendacity in state and surrounding areas over the previous two days.
Some 291 individuals alongside the route of the queue and close by in London got medical help on Wednesday, with 17 needing hospital remedy, the LAS stated.
An additional 144 individuals have been handled on Thursday, with 25 individuals being taken to hospital.
The LAS stated the vast majority of incidents attended have been faints and collapses, leading to head accidents.