Where is Westminster Hall and how to visit the Queen in state?

A black and white image of Queen Elizabeth II

You can pay your respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state (Image: The Royal Family)

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, after a historic reign of 70 years.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died peacefully at the age of 96, surrounded by her family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, considered one of her favorite residences.

The new King Charles, whose title of King Charles III was confirmed by Clarence House, said in his first speech as monarch that “the death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sorrow”.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt across the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Because there have long been plans for the inevitable sad reality of her death, it is known that the Queen will lie in state while the nation goes into mourning. For anyone wishing to pay their last respects, here’s what you need to know.

Where is Westminster Hall?

The Queen will lie in Westminster Hall in her coffin and will come to London from Balmoral, Scotland.


Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on 8 September 2022.

She died aged 96 surrounded by her family at her Balmoral home, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex. Prince Torture.

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Inside Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall is the oldest building in the Houses of Parliament (Image: Getty)

Westminster Hall, which dates back to 1099, is the oldest building on the parliamentary estate.

Part of the Palace of Westminster, today, is the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament.

The full address is 3 St Margaret St, London SW1P 3JX.

What does lying mean in the situation?

“Ling-in-state” describes the formal occasion where a coffin is placed to allow the public to pay their respects before the funeral takes place.

“Ling-in-state” in the UK is given to the Sovereign, as Head of State, the current or former Queen Consort and, sometimes, former Prime Ministers.

During the period of repose, the coffin rests on a raised platform in the middle of Westminster Hall.

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, lying in state at Westminster Hall, April 9, 2002 (Image: David New/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Each corner of the platform is guarded 24 hours a day by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, Foot Guards or Mounted Regiment of Household Cavalry.

People who have stayed at Westminster Hall include:

  • 1898 – William Ewart Gladstone
  • 1910 – King Edward VII
  • 1936 – King George V
  • 1952 – King George VI
  • 1953 – Queen Mary
  • 1965 – Sir Winston Churchill
  • 2002 – Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

An estimated 200,000 people visited the Queen Mother while she was in state, according to figures cited by the British Parliament’s official website.

When can you visit Westminster Hall to pay your respects to the Queen?

According to official plans, a ceremonial route will be marked across London as the Queen’s coffin is carried from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster around five days after her death, which will be on Tuesday 13 September.

Once at Westminster Hall, Her Majesty will remain there for three days.

According to Operation London Bridge, Westminster Hall will then be open for 23 hours a day for the three days.

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