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Pictures show how queue to see Queen's coffin compares to King's 70 years ago

Rhiannon Ingle

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Pictures show how queue to see Queen's coffin compares to King's 70 years ago

It's clear the British love a good queue but it seems that some things about queuing have definitely changed throughout the years.

The Queen passed last away last Thursday (8 September) and people are spotting differences between her funeral procession and previous monarchs.

The footage was from King George VI's funeral procession in 1952. Credit: BabelColour/Twitter
The footage was from King George VI's funeral procession in 1952. Credit: BabelColour/Twitter

One industrious person, who enhances and transforms early colour photography, took it upon himself to restore rare film footage from over seven decades ago.

The footage in question shoes queues and London crowds gathering for King Georgie VI's Lying in State procession.

Sharing the short clip on Twitter, Stuart Humphryes, also known online as BabelColour, posted: "I have edited together for you some rare colour film footage of the queues and London crowds for the Lying In State and funeral procession of King George VI in February 1952. Events, just as today, separated by 70 years. (This is not colourised)"

The colour-restored clips see crowds of the public mourning the death of King George VI, the late Queen Elizabeth II's father, smartly dressed as they marched through the city of London.

The mourners in the video appear to be smartly dressed in black and dark clothing as they slowly walk in an orderly fashion down the streets of the capital in true British queuing style.

Stuart Humphryes has restored colour to footage from over 70 years ago. Credit: BabelColour/Twitter
Stuart Humphryes has restored colour to footage from over 70 years ago. Credit: BabelColour/Twitter

Jump forward some 70 years and mourners are gathering for Her Majesty's own funeral procession to grieve their loss of the nation's longest-reigning monarch who passed away last Thursday (8 September) in Balmoral, Scotland.

Officials are expecting hundreds of thousands of people to see the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall.

Some hardcore royalists even slept on the streets for two nights so that they could be the first people to pay their respects to Her Majesty.

The queues neared a five-mile maximum stretch yesterday (14 September) to mark the first full day of the Queen's Lying in State with staggering wait times up to nine hours, according to the government tracker.

Unlike the queues for King George VI's funeral procession, it seems there have been some key changes that lie within the difference of clothing between the two videos.

The modern queues, however, are filled with people in casual clothing, trainers and holding non-official Union Jack flags – none of which were seen in the 1952 video.

The near 5-mile-long queues had wait times of 9 hours. Credit: BBC News
The near 5-mile-long queues had wait times of 9 hours. Credit: BBC News

Another difference, marking the age of modernity, is the presence of smart phones and advanced photography equipment – neither of which were even invented at the time of King George VI's procession.

While there are some clear changes to the two monarch's funeral procession queues, it's clear that the same sentiment of grief and desire for the public to pay their respects has remained the same.

Mourners will be able to view the Queen's coffin until next Monday (19 September) when the funeral is due to take place at 11.00am in Westminster Abbey.

Featured Image Credit: @stuarthumphryes/Twitter/dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Royal Family, The Queen, UK News

Rhiannon Ingle
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