The peak of Brittany? The queen queue has become a historic event in itself

The queue to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall has started to become an event in itself as it stretches across central London.

The doors only opened so that the general public could see the The queen’s coffin – covered with the Royal Standard and decorated with the Imperial State Crown – at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Some reports estimate the queue could last up to 30 hours. Thursday morning it was already around eight o’clock and around 2.8 miles long, from Westminster to Southwark Cathedral.

The government’s culture department even set up a live tracker on Youtube so everyone can watch the queues, while the BBC live streams the queen in state for anyone who wants to pay their respects virtually.

But, apparently, there are still a lot of people who are happy to queue for their chance to walk past the Queen’s coffin.

In fact, the queue will close if it reaches five miles – a distance it would take two hours to cover quickly – because there is no guarantee that people after that point would arrive at the front by Monday. ..

Unsurprisingly, the queue now takes on a life of its own.

One person’s Twitter feed went viral on Wednesday afternoon, as the doors to Westminster Hall had not officially opened but people were still starting to queue in the capital.

The thread began: “I don’t particularly care about the Queen. But the queue? The Queue is a triumph of Britishness. It’s incredible.”

That initial tweet alone has nearly 70,000 likes in less than 24 hours after posting — and the entire thread has given the queue a capital letter (as it deserves).

The Twitter user explained that it wasn’t about the “purpose” of the line, or the emotion of the event, but about the patient waiting.

“It is the seam of the queues. It’s art. It’s poetry. This is the queue to end all queues.

Local restaurants have remained open to provide food for those queuing overnight, there are gates dotted along the road and water points to ensure people stay hydrated.

The Twitter user pointed out that there are also rules regarding queuing – people cannot wear clothes with political or offensive slogans and phones cannot be used inside the building.

Each person receives a wristband and cannot give it to anyone else.

It’s also a permanent queue, so you can’t sit down or grab a sleeping bag at any time or you’ll lose your spot.

The Twitter user explained, “Joining The Queue requires up-to-the-minute knowledge of where The Queue is now.”


“We are a deeply, deeply insane people with an absolutely unstoppable need to join a queue. It is quite glorious,” they concluded.

This latest tweet has almost 30,000 likes – clearly a lot of other Twitter users agree.

Other people on Twitter also dubbed him ‘peak Britain’ or the ‘last boss of the queues’ and demanded a Twitter account just for the line. Another person joked that it was the real ‘Elizabeth Line’ rather than the new Tube line the Queen officially opened during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

Estimates vary widely, but some claim that approximately 750,000 visitors (or even a million) should line up for the next four days. Doors to the public will remain open 24 hours a day until they close Monday at 6:30 a.m.

It’s hours before the start of the state funeral, and the coffin will be taken in a military procession to Westminster Abbey.

Mourners queuing for the Queen on the River Thames (Photo: SOPA Images via Getty Images)

Mourners queuing for the Queen on the River Thames (Photo: SOPA Images via Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on HuffPost United Kingdom and has been updated.


Carol N. Valencia