Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Queen’s lying-in-state: Celebs, MPs slammed for ‘jumping queue’

People have slammed celebs and MPs for allegedly “jumping the queue” to see Queen Elizabeth II, as she lies in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Since it opened, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the queue, which snakes for miles through London.
Today, the queue was closed to newcomers as it had “reached capacity” and people are being warned not to attempt to join – as they will be turned away. Some people had been prepared to queue for more than 12 hours, as the queue reached lengths of more than five miles long.
But, while thousands of Brits wait patiently in the huge line, some people have slammed celebs and accused them of “queue jumping” or using “VIP passes” to get into Westminster Hall. A live stream of the queue has shown a number of celebrities waiting patiently to pay their respects to Her Majesty.
With ITV’s This Morning cancelled today, presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were seen on camera, queueing to visit the Queen. Dressed in black and looking thoughtful and sombre, the presenting duo were both wearing blue and purple lanyards around their neck.
It is understood that the lanyards signify that they are in the queue for work purposes and the pair came together to pay their respects using a separate entrance for journalists.
However, not every celebrity that has joined the queue has been doing so for official purposes. Sharon Osbourne was spotted in the queue in London, surrounded by others who were waiting to get to the Palace. She was dressed all in black and held out her hands in a praying symbol, as she smiled to fellow mourners.
David Beckham said he queued for 12 hours to see the Queen lying in state and Good Morning Britain presenter, Susanna Reid, has also been spotted in the queue as she revealed that she and her mum queued for seven hours and 20 minutes. She took to Twitter to share her experience and provide some tips for anyone else considering making the trip.
Other familiar faces that have been spotted queueing to pay their respects to Her Majesty include former prime minister, Theresa May, and her husband. Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family were also seen in the Palace of Westminster, as was Labour leader, Keir Starmer.

Meghan, Harry won’t attend palace reception

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not join other members of the royal family at a Buckingham Palace reception for world leaders traveling to London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
PEOPLE understands that while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were initially invited to the event on Sunday, the palace now says the reception is “for working members of the royal family.”
Hosted by King Charles and Queen Camilla, the reception will welcome heads of state and official overseas guests who have traveled to London for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral on Monday. About 2,000 people are expected to gather at Westminster Abbey for the event.