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Officers have warned anyone wishing to pay their respects to the late Queen that they may have to queue all night.
The Queen's coffin will be placed in Westminster- hall, an 11th-century building and the oldest on the Parliamentary Estate, from 5:00 pm on Wednesday until 6:30 am on the day of the funeral the following Monday.
Farewell to the Queen for the public will continue throughout the night. Police and transport organizations are preparing for the influx of people. The Times predicts that up to 750,000 people may want to say goodbye to the Queen.
To organize a queue route that will run from east to west along the south of the Thames before crossing the Lambeth bridge and back to Parliament Square, the guide rails are already in place. The Sun estimates people can queue up to 12 hours.
Hotels in London have reported an increase in bookings ahead of the Queen's funeral. Travelodge, which operates around 80 hotels in the city, confirmed that demand for rooms has increased.
A spokesman said: “As one of London's largest hotel chains, we are seeing a surge in London bookings from all over the UK. Our teams at 78 London Travelodges are working around the clock and preparing for a busy period leading up to the Queen's state funeral.”
The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, and Transport for London have warned of potentially increased public transport congestion and possible traffic congestion, urging people to invest in more travel time.
Andy Byford, London's Transport Commissioner, told Bi- BBC: “We are working with our partners to keep our city moving smoothly so that anyone planning to attend memorial events can do so safely.”
To the people who will be queuing to say goodbye numbered bracelets will be issued indicating their place in line so they can leave and return.
Once in Westminster Hall, the closed coffin will be placed on a raised platform covered by the royal standard with orb and scepter, most significant symbols of the monarchy, at the top.
The official stewards of the ceremony said that the queue would move continuously, and there would be little chance of it remaining novelty. People are advised to “dress appropriately for the occasion” and keep silent in the parliamentary manor.
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