Good Morning BritainhostSusanna Reidrevealed that she spent seven hours and 20 minutes queuing to pay her respects to the lateQueen Elizabeth II.
Posting to Twitter the journalist and TV presenter shared some tips for other royal mourners who are planning to join the queue in the next couple of days.
She began her thread writing: “Evening – along with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queenlying in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.”
Continuing her thread, Susanna, 51, shared some advice for others wanting to pay their respects to the late monarch.
She wrote: “If you are planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins.
“Wear the comfiest shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.
“Don’t carry too much in a bag – water is freely available and there are lots of cafes along the route. Also plenty of toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted the entire time.”
Susanna then went on to explain the wristband process, which allows those in the queue to leave and return: “The first part of the queue is for wristbands. Ours were given out at Tower Bridge about an hour after we began queuing.
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“There is no queue jumping – people waited patiently for wristbands and once you have one you can leave the queue for snacks/loo stops & slip back in.”
The TV presenter advises mourners to check where the end of the queue isvia the queue trackeron YouTube, and to then ensure that you get transport as close as possible to that point, otherwise you may end up walking for miles just to find the end of the queue.
Continuing to share more queue tips, she added: “While the longest part may geographically be from the start in Southwark, to Victoria Gardens (next to the Houses of Parliament) prepare to wait in Victoria Tower Gardens on the N side of Lambeth Bridge for around 3 hours in a zig-zag queue.
“There are lots of portaloos along the route – at least every hour. The team keeping them clean deserve medals. Take loo roll. Carry wet wipes for hands – not sanitiser as it will be confiscated by security.”
Susanna then revealed that once reaching security any liquids will be thrown away, even those that are less than 100ml.
Finishing her thread she adds: “Once you enter Westminster Hall, it is worth every minute of The Queue. Utterly magnificent. Quiet. Respectful. Historic.”
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