Queue to see the queen is so big it can be seen from SPACE: Amazing satellite pictures show mourners lining up along the banks of the Thames to pay their last respects to monarch
- Tens of thousands have waited in line since 5pm on Wednesday to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster
- Astonishing pictures from Maxar Technologies yesterday show massive queue at famous London landmarks
- People have travelled from all over the country to join the 24 hour queue to pay their final respects
- The queue was open as of 9.30am this morning, beginning in Southwark Park, but warnings could close again
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Satellite pictures have captured the enormous scale of ‘The Queue’ to see the Queen as she lies in state at Westminster Hall – after mourners braved bitterly cold temperatures overnight to pay their respects.
Tens of thousands of people have waited in line since 5pm on Wednesday, when the long line opened for 24 hours a day until 6.30am on Monday, the day of the late monarch’s funeral.
Entry to the queue has shut multiple times but has reopened again this morning with waiting times of over 24 hours – but mourners were warned it may close again if capacity is reached.
Astonishing satellite pictures taken from space have captured the sheer scale of the number of people currently lining the banks of the River Thames to pay their last respects to the long-reigning Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday aged 96.
Images posted on Twitter by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company based in Colorado, show the enormous queue from above.
Satellite pictures captured the enormous scale of ‘The Queue’ (circled) at lunchtime yesterday to see the Queen as she lies in state at Westminster Hall
Astonishing satellite pictures taken from space have captured the sheer scale of the number of people currently lining the banks of the River Thames to pay their last respects to the long-reigning Queen Elizabeth II
The incredible shots show people waiting near Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Westminster as the queue snaked around London’s most famous landmarks
Images posted on Twitter by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company based in Colorado, show the enormous queue from above
Taken at 12.01pm yesterday, the incredible shots show people waiting near Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Westminster as the queue snaked around London’s most famous landmarks.
One Twitter user commented ‘Rip #QueenElizabethII. Just wow’.
The queue’s start is now in Southwark Park and waiting times of at least 24 hours have been predicted – as mourners have been warned that entry to the line could close again if it reaches capacity.
Entry to the queue has shut multiple times but had reopened at 8.30am this morning with wait times of over 24 hours as mourners were warned it may close again if capacity is reached. Pictured: People queueing as the sun came up this morning
Those waiting overnight faced a drop in temperatures – which the Met Office recorded at between 5 and 7C. Pictured: People queueing this morning
It has closed multiple times, including for ‘at least six hours’ from 10am yesterday, causing anger as people had travelled overnight and from all over the country to join.
There is expected to be a cut-off point when no new people will be allowed to join at around midnight on Sunday, before the official lying-in-state at Westminster Hall ends at 6.30am on Monday after ‘four clear days’.
Those waiting overnight faced bitterly cold temperatures in a line that reached 25 hours long.
MAIN QUEUE – Well-wishers stood in the main queue at Southwark Park yesterday to see the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II
SECOND QUEUE – A holding pen to get in the queue at Southwark Park in London yesterday afternoon
THIRD QUEUE – People wait outside the gates of Southwark Park yesterday afternoon just so they can get into the holding pen
The Met Office recorded temperatures of between 5 and 7C during the night as the temperature dropped for the first time since the summer heatwave and the BBC has now introduced a separate weather forecast for ‘The Queue’, estimating temperatures to be at around 7C.
Mourners entering Westminster Hall have been told to form two lines on either side of the coffin to maximise the numbers able to see the Queen for the final time.
Famous faces have been spotted in the queue, such as David Beckham, who waited 13 hours to see the coffin.
David Beckham wiped his eye while waiting to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall in London yesterday afternoon – after waiting since 2am
MPs can jump the queue and bring in up to four guests, to the anger of those being forced to wait. Among those visiting were Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg (left) and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner (right)
Paying respects: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby cut sombre figures yesterday as they were pictured at Westminster Hall
He finally made it inside Westminster at 3.30pm yesterday after waiting since 2am.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were also seen cutting somber figures as they paid their respects. MailOnline was told that the This Morning hosts joined a separate queue for press.
Meanwhile MPs are able to jump the queue and can bring up to four guests – as Angela Rayner and Jacob Rees-Mogg entered Westminster Hall.
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