Queue for queen’s coffin ‘paused’

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The flood of grief from the death of Queen Elizabeth II forced the British government to call a temporarily halt to people joining a miles-long line to file past her coffin as it lay in state Friday, hours before King Charles III and his siblings were to stand vigil in the historic Westminster Hall.

A live tracker of the queue said it was “at capacity” and entry was being “paused” for six hours as waiting times reached 14 hours and the line stretched 5 miles from Parliament to Southwark Park in south London and then around the park.

Helena Larsen, 76, arrived just too late at the park. “We have literally got here and they have shut it in front of us,” she said, adding that she would likely wait in the area until the gates were reopened.—AP

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