People wishing to see the Queen lie in state have been warned of long queues and banned from taking photographs as official instructions were issued ahead of the late monarch’s arrival at Westminster Hall.
Extensive rules and regulations have been published ahead of the late monarch’s flight to London on Tuesday, where she will remain in state for four full days before her funeral next Monday.
But first, the Queen will be laid to rest in Edinburgh today after her coffin completed its journey of more than six hours from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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this morning, King Charles and the Queen Consort will travel to the Scottish capital to join a procession from Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral, where the coffin will be carried at 2.55pm.
Mourners will be able to view the coffin, with the Crown of Scotland placed on top, from 5pm.
This is known as lying in repose, rather than lying in state, which will not happen until the Queen is in London.
The Met Office is forecasting a cloudy day in Edinburgh, with “some patchy, light rain”, but conditions should have eased somewhat by the afternoon.
A hearse will take the coffin to Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday. It will be flown to London for the Queen to lie in state at Westminster Hall from Wednesday.
Her closed coffin will rest on a raised platform – known as a catafalque – inside the hall. Members of the public will be able to apply to pay their respects 24 hours a day until 6.30am. on Monday 19 September – the day of the funeral, which will be a holiday.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the capital for the once-in-a-lifetime procedures and those planning to visit must adhere to extensive guidelines issued today.
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What should you expect if you visit?
A large turnout is expected, with warnings of long queues and delays on public transport.
Guests will go through airport-style security and there are strict restrictions on what you can take.
People will need to stand for long hours, possibly overnight, with very few opportunities to sit down, as the queue will continue to move.
“Think about it before you decide to attend or bring children with you,” the official guidance says.
The queue may also be closed early to ensure that as many guests as possible can enter.
What can you take with you?
There will be a strict bag policy, with only one small bag per person allowed.
The bag must be smaller than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm, with a single opening or zip.
Anyone who needs to bring a larger bag should leave it at a bag drop area – but space is limited and storage is not guaranteed.
There are limited places to purchase food along the queue route, so the public is encouraged to bring food and drink. But these must be consumed or discarded before entering the palace.
A portable cell phone charger is recommended given the long standby time.
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What species are prohibited?
Water bottles or flasks are prohibited – unless they are clean.
Flowers and other tribute items, including candles, soft toys and photographs, are also prohibited.
Only flowers should be taken to the designated area in Green Park.
Sharp objects, spray paint, padlocks, chains, climbing equipment and any other dangerous objects are prohibited.
Banners, placards, flags, advertising or promotional messages are also not permitted.
You must not bring all camping equipment – including coolers, blankets, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs – as well as non-folding strollers.
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Will it be accessible?
Stepless access will be available for those who need it.
More information about the route will be given on Tuesday.
How should you behave?
People are being warned to “respect the dignity of this event” and remain silent at the Palace of Westminster.
Anti-social behaviour, including queue jumping, excessive drinking or drunken behaviour, will not be tolerated and people are at risk of being removed from the queue.
People are warned not to film, take photos or use mobile phones in the security screening area or inside the palace.
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Wristbands will be given out at the end of the queue and only those with wristbands can stay, so people will not be able to queue on behalf of others or ask others to queue on their behalf.
You may not bring tents or gazebos, or light barbecues or fires.
London should be dry from Wednesday until the funeral, according to the Met Office, with less than a 10% chance of rain.