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The late British monarch lies in state for four days at medieval Westminster Hall

The Queen was brought on Wednesday from Buckingham Palace on a gun carriage in a ceremonial procession in measured steps led officially by the new monarch and her son, King Charles III, who walked behind the carriage, as the artillery cannons boomed and the Big Ben tolled. Countless people who had been waiting in tearful lines for miles and miles at Westminster had been advised by the Government to be prepared for significant wait times...The monarch will be laid to rest beside the late Prince Consort in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Monday when Heads of State from all around the world will descend upon London in homage.

A royal guard standing at the foot of the Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall suddenly fainted and collapsed to the ground (see video above) on the first night of lying-in-state. There is a rotation of staff every 20 minutes. That is, guards have 20 minutes on duty and 40 minutes off duty. They maintain a constant 24-hour vigil around the Queen's coffin while she is lying in state. They are at the four corners in a still mode.

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LONDON, Sept 14: The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is lying in state in Parliament’s medieval Westminster Hall in London for the masses to pay their last respects, from 5 pm local time (9:30 pm IST) on Wednesday till 6:30 am on Monday, when the funeral procession begins.

As an unending stream of tributes poured in, flowers heaped on the palace spoke of the intense affection her people had for the monarch for her unusual wisdom and compassion. A matriarch of the Commonwealth, the Queen had a long-term view of national and global issues that displayed a remarkable sense of stability, while presenting a calm and composed demeanour in turbulent times unseen in a thousand years.

The Queen was brought on Wednesday from Buckingham Palace on a gun carriage in a ceremonial procession led officially by the new monarch, King Charles III, who walked behind the carriage, and other royals following, as the artillery cannons boomed and the Big Ben tolled. The Queen's private secretary, who is the officiant, and other officials of the household walked in front of the coffin. Elaborate religious services were conducted as per ancient traditions on arrival at the Westminster Hall.

Female members of the royal family had reached Westminster Hall earlier separately.

Bands and guards and regiments had a predominant position in the most solemn procession.

Disciplined crowds filled the roadsides along the route.

The journey in measured steps had begun from Buckingham palace at 2:22 pm, draped in the imperial standard. The departure time was so determined by fixing the arrival time as 3 pm. Silence was the rule. The cortege passed by London's landmarks.

People who had been waiting in tearful lines for miles and miles for several hours began filing past the coffin at Westminster Hall at 5 pm local time (9:30 pm IST) as per the schedule.

The Government had advised the people wishing to attend the lying-in-state of the monarch that they be prepared for significant wait times.

The monarch will be buried at Windsor Castle on Monday alongside her husband the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and other royal predecessors, in St. George’s Chapel that is situated within the Castle premises.

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The Queen, who had been ailing for some time since her royal consort Prince Philip's death last year, had died last Thursday at her Balmoral castle in Scotland where she had been staying during the summer. Her return to Buckingham palace was held up because of her nagging mobility problem. Incidentally, she had appointed the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who had to travel to Scotland from London for the audience, just two days before.

The Queen's coffin was brought to Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland, for the people to pay their respects and was flown to Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday. King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, reached Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday evening before the coffin was to arrive at 8 pm. Daughter Anne accompanied the Queen.

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