As thousands of people lined up for hours to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, many needed medical attention.
The London Ambulance Service reported that 1,078 people in the queue needed medical treatment since September 14, when the Queen’s coffin arrived at Westminster Hall.
Every night since, people have been taken to hospital:
- 14 September: 17 taken to hospital
- September 15: 25 taken to hospital
- September 16: 39 taken to hospital
- September 17: 55 taken to hospital
The Queen will continue to lie in state at Westminster until her funeral on Monday.
The long line of subjects of the late queen to pay their respects took hours. Football star David Beckham reported that it took him 12 hours to see the Queen’s coffin.
The line has been so long that the government has released a live queue tracker that people can follow on YouTube.
By Sunday afternoon, the line was over four miles long and an estimated wait of nearly 10 hours. The government’s live tracker showed officials debating whether to close the line as it reached ‘final capacity’ before the 6.30am deadline on Monday morning.
As members of the public file past to pay their respects, they will see the Queen’s closed coffin atop a raised purple platform, known as a catafalque.
They may have witnessed one of the vigils carried out by the Royal Family – in one case on Friday the Queen’s children watched over their mother for 10 minutes. On Saturday, his grandchildren did the same.
In addition to the medical emergencies reported in the queue, there was at least one crime report. A man was charged on Friday with two counts of sexual assault. Two women said they were assaulted in a garden as they waited to pay their respects, Reuters reported.
Overall though, frontline reports indicate that the late Queen’s subjects have been optimistic about the situation.
A viral tweet from @JofArnold, referring to Britons’ ability to queue without complaining, joked that “This is the queue you’ve been training for all your life. The final boss of queues. »
NBC News reported that the line to see the late monarch was polite, even cheerful at times.
Journalist Patrick Smith wrote that it reminded him of the 2012 London Olympics, when the city came together despite long queues.
“The event was reminiscent of the London Olympics in 2012, when the city was overwhelmed with a sense of unity,” Smith wrote on September 15. times and exchange candies. »
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