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First people in queue to see Queen Elizabeth II have left crying

Daisy Phillipson

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First people in queue to see Queen Elizabeth II have left crying

The first people in the queue to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state have left Westminster Hall in tears. Take a look:

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The coffin bearing the body of the late monarch made the final journey through the streets of London today (14 September).

Thousands of mourners witnessed the procession, but a select few hardcore royalists spent two nights sleeping on the streets just so they could be the first people to pay their respects to her majesty.

Twitter page Royal Central shared the clip of those who were at the front of the queue, showing them taking a look at the coffin before leaving in tears.

The caption reads: "The first members of the public have arrived to see Queen Elizabeth II Lying-In-State.

"These people have spent two nights sleeping on the street to get to the front of the queue.

"Black Rod greets mourners at the entrance to Westminster Hall."

A number of eagle-eyed viewers spotted the three women who made the headlines earlier this week as the first people in the line.

Vanessa, Anne and Grace looked a little more emotional in the latest footage, having previously spoken to presenters about why they decided to camp outside of Palace of Westminster for two days.

In a conversation with Good Morning Britain, Anne from Wales said: "First and foremost we want to pay our respects to Her Majesty the Sovereign who spent 70 years of her life dedicating a life to this country."

She added: "She was just a remarkable steadfast lady. She never let anybody down. She was always punctual, always had time for everybody; particularly when she came to Aberfan."

The three women also broke out in song to keep their spirits up, with host Ben Shephard saying: "They are clearly going to keep themselves and each other entertained."

The news broke last week that the Queen passed away at her home in Balmoral, Scotland, on Thursday (8 September).

The Queen's coffin was taken from Balmoral to Edinburgh over the weekend. Credit: Phil Wilkinson/Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen's coffin was taken from Balmoral to Edinburgh over the weekend. Credit: Phil Wilkinson/Alamy Stock Photo

In a statement from its official Twitter account, the Royal Family said the 96-year-old had died 'peacefully'.

Over the weekend, her coffin made the journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, ahead of being placed in St Giles' Cathedral for 24 hours to allow the public to pay their respects.

Her body was then transported to London, eventually landing in Westminster where she will lie in state for four days.

The late monarch's children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Andrew and Edward have accompanied her the entire way.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Royal Family, The Queen, UK News, London

Daisy Phillipson
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