MOURNERS have been told not to set off to join the queue for the Queen’s lying in state.
And some passengers on the Tube have already heard an announcement saying the line is closed.
Mourners have been told not to set off to join the queueCredit: News UK Newspaper Ltd
Thousands have already made the journey to view the Queen’s coffin since it was taken to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
Queue times at 10am had gone up to 14 hours.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said this morning a decision will be taken and announced on when entry will be closed.
A spokesman added: “To avoid disappointment please do not set off to join the queue.”
Wait times stretched to more than 25 hours yesterday as thousands braved cold temperatures to see Her Majesty‘s coffin in Westminster Hall.
And officials had to briefly pause the line after it was announced that Southwark Park – the back of the mega five-mile queue – had “reached capacity”.
Those already in line were warned to brace for chilly weather, as temperatures dipped below 7C in the early morning.
Undeterred, a steady stream of people joined the queue, many wearing coats and jumpers and wrapped in blankets.
Tatie Kirst, 38, a project manager who joined the queue yesterday, said: “I think I’m prepared, I brought my good coat, I have a stool if I need to sit, I’m getting food and water, and we’re going to walk the way.
“I think there is always a question, ‘is it worth it? Can I make it?’ And hopefully, yes.
“I wanted to be part of this, pay my respect to the Queen.”
Since Wednesday afternoon, crowds have been flocking to London to pay tribute to the late monarch – despite being warned of lengthy waits.
They have been slowly shuffling along the south bank of the Thames to get a glimpse of her coffin.
In a bid to get through the giant queue quicker, officials introduced double lines on either side of the coffin to ferry through even more mourners.