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The twins from The Shining joined queue to see Queen's coffin

Jake Massey

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The twins from The Shining joined queue to see Queen's coffin

You may have heard that hundreds of thousands of people have been queueing for hours on end to see the Queen lying in state.

Many celebrities made headlines after joining – and bypassing – 'The Queue', but you could have been standing right behind the Grady twins from The Shining and probably not known.

Louise and Lisa Burns played the ghostly twins in the classic 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror, and were just 12-years-old when they were cast in the film.


About 20 hours ago, they posted on Twitter to announce they had joined the queue to see the Queen's coffin – so here's hoping they got to see it not too long ago.

Around three hours into their slow march, the twins informed their followers they had been given a piece of cake from the Friends of Holy Trinity Church, before posting an update from Tower Bridge.

And an hour later, they declared that they only had 'a few more hours' to go. So if they were right, it would have taken them a mere seven hours or so to pay their respects.


A member of the Royal Air Force was the final person in the queue to see the Queen lying in state in Parliament's Westminster Hall.

Chrissy Heerey was the last member of the public into Westminster Hall – her second time around in the queue, after already filing past the coffin earlier during the night.

Chrissy said: "I was the last person to pay my respects to the Queen and it felt like a real privilege to do that."

She had queued and got in to see the Queen during the night, but then rejoined the line and filed through again.


"I'd already been round once, I went in at 1.15 this morning," Chrissy, from Melton Mowbray, said.

"It's one of the highlights of my life and I feel very privileged to be here."

Chrissy went around twice. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Chrissy went around twice. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Since 5.00pm on Wednesday (14 September), hundreds of thousands of members of the public have filed past the coffin until, early this morning (Monday 19 September), the final people who had queued through the night left the cavernous medieval hall.


The process has seen a river of people snaking along the Thames around the clock, with members of the public mixing with celebrities and foreign dignitaries beneath Westminster Hall's hammer-beam roof.

Some bowed, some curtsied, others made the sign of the cross as they paused beside the coffin, which was draped in the Royal Standard with the jewels in the Imperial State Crown, sceptre and orb, placed on top.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@shining_twins/Warner Bros

Topics: UK News, TV and Film, The Queen

Jake Massey
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