Heavy rain forecast for thousands lining up to see Queen lie in state

It will be a wet start to the day for those vying for a seat near Westminster Hall (Image: AFP/Rex)

It will be a wet start to the day for those vying for a seat near Westminster Hall (Image: AFP/Rex)

Rain and wind will knock early morning queues of people waiting to see the Queen in state.

The late monarch’s coffin will be laid to rest in Westminster Hall with thousands turning out to pay their respects.

The building opens to the public at 5pm on Wednesday and will be open 24 hours a day until closing at 6.30am. on September 19 – the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Many have already secured a place in queues near the River Thames to ensure they are among the first to pay their respects.

But those in queues will face a difficult morning when it comes to the forecast.

Forecasters have warned that “local showers will continue into the morning” in London.

Those waiting to see the Queen’s coffin have been urged to dress appropriately and bring plenty of layers.

While those who claim an early morning spot in the queue may be hit by rain, those who arrive in the afternoon will avoid the worst of the weather.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lafargue Raphael/ABACA/Shutterstock (13388615h) People wait for the hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to arrive at Buckingham Palace, London, where she will rest overnight in the Bow Room.  Tuesday September 13, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II Hershey arrives at Buckingham Palace - London, Britain - September 13, 2022

The rain began this afternoon as people waited to see the Queen’s coffin in London (Image: Shutterstock)

Members of the public queue in the rain along the south bank of the River Thames opposite the Palace of Westminster, home to the Hall of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, in London on September 13, 2022, as they wait to pay their respects when the Queen Elizabeth II is in State.  - Queen Elizabeth II left Scotland for the last time on Tuesday as her coffin began its journey to London, where crowds of mourners have begun lining up to pay their respects as she lies in state ahead of a funeral next day week.  (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

People have started queuing in the rain on the banks of the River Thames (Image: Getty Images)

According to BBC forecasters, the rain will ease and clouds will give way to sunshine in the evening.

Queues are expected to number in the tens of thousands tomorrow with stretches of up to five miles across the city.

People will need to stand for “many hours, possibly overnight”, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be constantly moving.

As large crowds are expected, road closures and public transport delays are likely.

The rain may clear by tomorrow afternoon (Image: PA)

The rain may clear by tomorrow afternoon as the sun returns to London (Image: PA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock (13387829n) Despite the rain, members of the public continue to bring flowers and personal messages of condolence to Green Park near Buckingham Palace to express their sorrow and sympathy following her death of Queen Elizabeth II the longest-reigning British monarch who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8.  Millions of visitors are expected to descend on London to view Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's coffin, which will lie in state at Westminster Hall for four days until the funeral on Monday 19 September.  United Kingdom - 13 September 2022

The rain didn’t stop people from bringing flowers to Green Park (Image: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

People will not be allowed to camp and a wristband system will be used to manage the queue, with those waiting in the queue given a colour-coded and numbered, person-specific badge allowing them to leave for a short time.

Venues such as the Southbank Centre, the National Theater and Shakespeare’s Globe will open for longer hours to accommodate those queuing.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “Many people will understandably want to see the lie in the situation and we will do everything possible to make it easier for as many people as possible, including those who may not be physically able to wait that long , due to disabilities, for example”.

The line will be manned by more than 1,000 volunteers, flight attendants and police officers.

Members of St John Ambulance will also be stationed along the route, while more than a hundred Scouts aged between 18 and 25 will be joined by volunteers from the Samaritans charity to help.

Dating back to 1099, Westminster Hall is located in the Palace of Westminster and is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate.

The building was the site of important events such as the trial of Charles I, coronation banquets and speeches by world leaders.

Now, further history will be made as thousands gather to pay tribute to the Queen.

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