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About 250,000 attended Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state, UK minister says

Britain’s last lying-in-state was held for war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill who died in 1965.

TOPSHOT – Members of the public stand in the queue as they wait in line to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II, in London on September 16, 2022, where her coffin is lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster. – Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Melvin Samuel

Some 250,000 mourners filed past Queen Elizabeth’s coffin at Westminster Hall in London during her lying-in-state, Britain’s culture minister Michelle Donelan said on Tuesday.

“It’s approximately around the 250,000 mark. We’re just crunching those final numbers,” Donelan told Times radio. The full figures would be released in due course, she added.

Members of the public paid their final respects to the queen at Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the parliamentary estate, having waited for many hours in a long queue snaking through central London for over four days.

People of all ages and from all walks of life attended the lying in state for the late monarch, who died in Scotland on Sept. 8 aged 96 after a 70-year reign.

Britain’s last lying-in-state was held for war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill who died in 1965. About 321,360 people filed past his coffin at Westminster Hall, according to a House of Commons note.

(Reuters)

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