Rules were issued for those wishing to pay homage to the queen

LONDON: People want to pay their last respects to the Queen Elizabeth II as it is in state at Parliaments in London we have to prepare for a long wait.
The government has published guidelines for those wishing to pass the late Queen’s closed coffin as it lies in the Palace of Westminster from 5pm. (16:00 GMT) Wednesday until 6:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) on September 19. Thousands are expected to want to pay their respects to the only monarch many in the UK have ever known.
The rules were made public a day after thousands of people lined roads and bridges on Sunday as a hearse carried the Queen’s coffin through the Scottish countryside from her beloved Balmoral Castle in Edinburgh.
“If you wish to attend the Laying-in-State, please note that there will be a line, which is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit as the queue will be constantly moving,” the Department for DigitalCivilization, Media and Sport said in her instructions.
The closed coffin of the monarch, who died on Thursday aged 96, will rest on a raised platform called a catafalque in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament.
“A large crowd is expected and there are likely to be delays on public transport and road closures in the area,” the ministry warned.
Guests will have to go through airport-style security and can only bring one small bag with a zip opening. Larger bags can be stacked in a dedicated facility – but only if space is available.
The ministry is advising people to bring essentials for a potentially long wait exposed to whatever elements an early autumn day in London might throw at them – an umbrella or sunscreen, a mobile phone power bank and any necessary medication.
No food or liquids will be allowed after security screening in Parliament. No flowers or other tributes such as candles, toys or photos.
“Please respect the dignity of this event and behave appropriately. You should remain quiet while inside the Palace of Westminster,” the advice says, adding that people should dress appropriately and switch off their mobile phones before going through security .
Included in a list of things not to do: “Film, take photos, use mobile phones or other portable devices in the security search area or in the Palace of Westminster. Bring or erect gazebos or tents. Light barbecues and bonfires.”
And a long list of prohibited items includes fireworks, smoke canisters, flares, whistles, laser devices and other items that could be used to cause a disturbance, as well as banners, placards, flags, advertising or marketing messages.

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