• Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

People are asked not to camp or wait outside Queen’s on a state procession

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Sep 12, 2022

People have been warned not to wait or camp along the route where the Queen’s coffin will be transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall for lying.

On Wednesday afternoon, the coffin of the late monarch, adorned with the Imperial State Crown, will be carried on a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

King Charles III, members of the Royal Family and senior staff of the late Queen’s and King’s Households will walk slowly behind in dignified silence without music along a route that will take 38 minutes.

The ceremonial procession will move along The Mall, Horse Guards Road, through Horse Guards Parade, onto Whitehall and into the Palace of Westminster after 2.22pm.

Viewing areas along the route with limited capacity will open at 11 a.m. the same day, with people admitted in order of arrival time amid expected long queues, the Digital Department said. , Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

If a person leaves the area, their re-entry cannot be guaranteed.

It comes after the Queen’s coffin was stolen from Edinburgh at RAF Northolt in west London on Tuesday.

The DCMS warned: “Please do not wait or camp until the day of the procession.

“If you camp before this time, you may be asked to continue.”

People waiting on The Mall for a night vigil for the coronation procession in 1953 (PA)

People are also advised to bring with them clothing suitable for all weather conditions, food and drink, and appropriate footwear.

Tents, gazebos or camping equipment, barbecues and equipment for fires and alcohol are prohibited.

Mourners must keep noise to a minimum as the motorcade passes them and have been told to behave appropriately, dispose of litter and follow instructions from police and stewards or respond to a request departure.

There will also be large screens in Hyde Park where those unable to access viewing sites can watch the procession, which will be broadcast on national television and radio.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a short service after the coffin arrives.