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Queue to see Queen's coffin lying-in-state could stretch staggering 10 miles
Queen lying-in-state could stretch to 10 miles, officials have admitted.Mourners towards the front of the line fought back tears as they solemnly entered Westminster Hall from 5pm today (Wednesday, September 14), to pay their respects to Her Majesty who died a week ago aged 96.The route for those waiting to say farewell to the monarch stretches 6.9 miles over the River Thames and along the South Bank to Southwark Park. READ MORE: Position of William and Harry's 'peacemaker' cousin shows how Queen has united brothersBut airport-style zig-zag queuing channels have been installed in Victoria Palace Gardens and Southwark Park - stretching the possible length of the line to 10 miles.The queue will be temporarily closed if it reaches its maximum, officials said, and shut permanently as the final viewing time of 6.30am on Monday (September 12) approaches to avoid turning away people at the hall door.The Department for Culture consulted with behavioural scientists to judge how tightly packed and slow-moving the queue was likely to be.Up to one million people are expected to line up for up to 30 hours to see the Queen before the state funeral on Monday.Schoolboy Lewis Langstaff-Wood, 13, travelled 264 miles from his home in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, to pay tribute to the Queen.The avid collector of regal memorabilia said: “I have always loved the Royals but became more interested over the last two years, as I learned about their history.I started collecting bits and pieces.“I was upset when I heard about her death when I arrived home from school last Thursday.No-one saw it coming. It was a shock to us all.“She has always been a constant in my life.
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The Queen 'volunteered' to appear in iconic James Bond Olympics sketch, says writer
The Queen volunteered herself to be in it, describing her performances as full of "real joy."Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who also wrote the Platinum Jubilee Paddington sketch, explained to BBC Radio Four's Today programme that the Queen was not originally in the James Bond sketch.However, when the team visited Buckingham Palace for permission to represent Her Majesty on at the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, they discovered that The Queen wanted to be in the sketch.READ NEXT: Netflix's The Crown fans demand extra episode to honour Queen ElizabethHe said: "We went to the palace asking for permission to represent her and to know what she was wearing on the day and it was her amazing dresser who said, ‘No no she wants to be in it.’ "She was game and she was up for that."The famous sketch saw The Queen meet James Bond, played by 007 actor Daniel Craig, in a surprise cameo, where she greeted him with the words "Good evening Mr. Bond."However, Frank also revealed that The Queen did not originally speak in the sketch, until she made a special request to director Danny Boyle for a line in the script."In fact on the day when we were filming, she asked Danny Boyle if she could have a line because there wasn’t a line in the script, probably because when I was typing the script I didn’t quite know how you would type the character of the Queen, what would you type."After their meeting, The Queen and Bond walked alongside one another, and the corgis, before setting off in a helicopter towards the Olympic stadium - when a stunt double for The Queen jumped out of the helicopter and parachuted in.
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