Public can visit Queen’s coffin ahead of funeral – but there are strict rules

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on September 8.

Her funeral has been confirmed for Monday, September 19, with the UK being granted a new Bank Holiday for it by King Charles III.

Over the next week, the King and Prime Minister Liz Truss are travelling across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of the national mourning period’s events.

The Queen’s Lying-in-State will take place between Wednesday, September 14 and September 19, allowing the public to visit Her Majesty’s coffin.

It is a way for the UK public to pay their respects in person ahead of the state funeral.

How to visit the Queen’s coffin

From Wednesday evening, the public will be able to pay their respects to the Queen at The Palace of Westminster in London.

Ahead of the event, the coffin will be moved from Buckingham Palace to The Palace of Westminster for the Lying-in-State.

It will start at 5pm on Wednesday, September 14, and will be available to visit 24 hours a day until 6.30am on the day of the funeral on Monday, September 19.

What are the rules when you visit the Queen’s coffin

Those wanting to pay their respects have been warned that the queue will be very long.

You will need to accept long hours of standing in line, with very little opportunity to sit down as the queue will be continuously moving.

The government has asked people to consider this before bringing children.

There will be step-free and accessible options for people that need it though.

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Airport-style security is also being set up at the event, with only one small bag permitted into the venue.

They can be no larger than 40cm X 30cm X 20cm.

There will be a drop-off facility if you arrive with any larger bags or other personal items, though there is no guarantee it will have space when you arrive.

Guidance on what you can bring to the events:

  • Suitable clothing for the weather conditions
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Essential medication or equipment that you need to keep with you
  • Food and drinks to consume in the queue – Any food items and liquids must be consumed or disposed of before you enter the security search point. Clear water bottles are permitted, but must be emptied before you enter the security search point.

There is also guidance on what you can’t take into the event:

  • Bags larger than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm in size
  • Flasks or water bottles, except clear water bottles
  • Food and liquid of any kind
  • Flowers or other tribute items (including candles, soft toys and photographs
  • Sharp items
  • Personal defence equipment or any object that could be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety
  • Fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, whistles, laser devices
  • Banners, placards, flags, advertising or marketing messages
  • Coolers, hampers, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and camping equipment
  • Non-foldable pushchairs
  • Any other items as directed by security staff or police

There will also be strict security searches to ensure the safety of everyone at the event.

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There is also advice on conduct and behaviour at the event.

You should:

Dress appropriately for the occasion to pay your respects at the Lying-in-State. Do not wear clothes with political or offensive slogans.

Turn your phone off (or to silent mode) before entering the security search area.

Dispose of litter using the litter bins provided.

Keep noise to a minimum, and respect people who live in residential areas near the queue.

Follow the instructions of stewards, marshals and the police at all times.

You must not:

Film, photograph, or use mobile phones or other handheld devices.

Bring or erect gazebos or tents.

Light barbecues or fires.

Attempt to queue on behalf of others or ask others to queue on your behalf.

Leave personal items unattended in the queue.

Further guidance will be added to gov.uk on Tuesday, September 13 from 10pm.

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