Persons wishing to pay their final respects to the Queen isabel II while in Parliament in London they must be prepared not only for long queues, they must also comply with a series of security requirements as part of the protocol established for the event.
The government has published guidelines for people who wish to parade in front of the late queen’s closed coffin while it remains in the Palace of Westminster from 5 p.m. on Wednesday until 6:30 a.m. on September 19. Thousands are expected to want to pay tribute to the only monarch many in the UK have ever known.
The visitors will have to go through airport-style security and they can only bring a small bag with a zipper opening. Larger bags can be stored in a special facility, but only if space is available.
Authorities advise people to pack essentials for a potentially long wait exposed to whatever an early autumn day in London might throw at them: an umbrella or sunscreen, a cell phone power bank, and any necessary medications.
The rules were made public a day after thousands of people thronged roads and bridges on Sunday as a hearse carried the queen’s coffin through the Scottish countryside from her beloved Balmoral Castle until Edinburgh
No food or liquids will be allowed beyond the security check in the Houses of Parliament. Nor flowers or other tributes such as candles, toys or photographs.
“Please respect the dignity of this event and behave appropriately. You must remain silent inside the Palace of Westminster,” the council says, adding that people should dress appropriately and turn off your mobile phones before going through security.
Included in a list of things not to do: “Filming, photographing, using mobile phones or other portable devices in the security search area or inside the Palace of Westminster. Bring in or put up gazebos or tents. Light barbecues and campfires.”
Y a long list of prohibited items includes fireworks, smoke canisters, flares, whistles, laser devices, and other items that could be used to cause a disturbance, as well as banners, posters, flags, advertising, or marketing messages.
“If you wish to attend Her Majesty’s Farewell please note that there will be a queue, which is expected to be very long. You will have to stand for many hourspossibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit, as the queue will continually move,” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in its guidelines.
The closed coffin of the monarch who died aged 96 on Thursday will rest on a raised platform called a catafalque in Westminster Hall at the seat of Parliament.
“Large crowds are expected and there are likely to be public transport delays and road closures in the area,” the agency warned.
(With information from AP)
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