Queen’s lying in state details from whether you can take photos to prohibited items

Details regarding visiting Queen Elizabeth II's coffin have been revealed, with members of the public able to pay their respects in London and Edinburgh over the coming days.

Her Majesty's coffin was transported from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on 12 September, and it will remain there for 22 hours.

Those wanting to pay their respects in Edinburgh will be able to from 5pm on 12 September until 3pm on 13 September.

After being flown back to London, the Queen's coffin will then be taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to the Palace of Westminster, where she will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days.

In London, members of the public will be able to file past the coffin at Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September until 6.30am on Monday 19 September.

According to Operation London Bridge, Westminster Hall will be open for 23 hours a day for the lying-in-state period, closing only between 2.46am and 3.46am.

The government have explained that the queue will continuously move, meaning there will be little chance for well-wishers to sit or rest. They have also urged people to 'dress appropriately' – any clothing with 'political or offensive slogans' have been banned.

Flowers, tributes, candles, flags, photos, hampers, sleeping bags, blankets, folding chairs and camping equipment are also all banned.

Visitors will face strict security checks, with one small bag with a simple opening or zip allowed per person. Large items being carried in addition to bags will not be admitted, including sleeping bags, blankets, carrier bags, folding chairs, camping equipment, and pushchairs.

Anyone who is intoxicated or attempting to jump the queue will be taken out of the queue by stewards and police patrolling the lines. Photography and recording is also strictly prohibited.

In Edinburgh, the queue will begin at George Square, located next to Edinburgh University Library. Visitors will be issued with a wristband and then walk the designated route to the security tent at St. Giles' Cathedral.

For those wanting to visit in London, details of the route for the lying-in-state queue are set to be published at 10pm on 13 September, with full guidance on the gov.uk website.

For both Edinburgh and London, people have been advised to be prepared for extremely long queues.

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Queen Elizabeth II's coffin will be draped in a royal flag, usually a personal standard, and will rest on a raised platform. Each corner of the platform is guarded around the clock by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

On 14 September, a ceremonial route will be marked throughout London as Her Majesty's coffin is transported from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

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