Queen lying in state shuts to public as thousands pay tribute to late monarch

The Queen's lying in state at Westminster Hall has officially been shut to the public ahead of the late monarch's state funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II had been lying in state since last Wednesday, as the British public have travelled in masses to come and pay their respects to the longest-serving monarch in British history.

With thousands of mourners travelling to Westminster Hall, queues had exceeded five miles in length with some waiting to pay respects for 24 hours, the Daily Mirror reports.

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The late monarch died 11 days ago at the age of 96, as her state funeral today (September 19) will be the first of its kind since her father King George VI in 1952.

About 2,000 people, including global heads of state and royals, will be at Westminster Abbey for the funeral, before the Queen makes her final journey to Windsor.

The funeral procession will follow A roads rather than the M4 in order to give as many members of the public as possible the chance to line the route and pay their respects.

The public have been warned to avoid driving in parts of London, due to an estimated one million people travelling to the capital in what will be one of the UK's biggest ever transport operations to take place.

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Road closures have started coming in on the A4 and the A30 from 6am, with full closures in both directions after 10am, which are not likely to be lifted until the evening when the procession has been completed.

Crowd-goers in London should avoid showers but light rain could be experienced during the funeral procession in Windsor which will be attended by King Charles and other members of the Royal Family.

'You can leave your tributes to Queen Elizabeth II here.'


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