Queen Elizabeth lying-in-state rules: Full list of banned items, strict protocol and queue


STRICT protocol will be in place as hundreds of thousands of people file past the late Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it lay in state.

A government statement says: “Please note that the queue is expected to be very long. You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down, as the queue will keep moving.

“Please consider this before you decide to attend or bring children with you.”

But those who choose to join the huge lines waiting to see the coffin up close will have guidelines to follow.

Rules for joining lying in state queues

Bag size limits and a list of banned items have been issued (Image: Getty/PA)

Mourners in London

London has already been extremely busy with mourners – and this week will be no exception (Image: Getty)

This includes taking part in an airport-style security check, with people being told to only bring one small bag each – and that it must have a simple fastening.

Any large backpacks or bags that exceed the recommended sizes will be kept in a bag drop facility, which has limited space and will add to an individual’s already very long queuing time.

People may need to wait for space to become available before leaving their bag.

The statement continues: “You are only permitted to bring one small bag per person into the Palace of Westminster.

Funeral preparation in London

Preparations have begun for the Queen’s state funeral (Image: Getty)

Westminster Abbey

The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey next week (Image: Getty)

The items banned from the parliamentary estate include any items that may be used as weapons, sharp items, and cuddly toys which some may want to place in tribute.

Sharp objects, liquids and food are also prohibited, with any drinks or snacks consumed in the queue before entering.

Sprays, banners or marketing materials are also not allowed.

And if security believes there is an incident unfolding, people are asked to follow their instructions.

The statement concludes: “If there is a security incident or you spot a suspicious item, alert the stewards or the police and follow their instructions.”


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