How long is the queue to see the Queen lying in state

What do I do about food and drink?

While food and drink cannot be taken into the Palace, mourners will be able to leave and rejoin the queue in order to buy refreshments and use portaloos.

Flasks or water bottles, except clear water bottles which must be emptied of their contents before you enter the security search point at the Palace of Westminster, are also banned along with food and liquid of any kind. Any food or liquids must be consumed in the queue or disposed of before entering the security search point at the Palace of Westminster.

Nearby buildings including the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe will open for extended hours to provide comfort breaks and sell food and drink.

What do I need to bring?

Those wanting to attend have been told to take power banks to charge their phone, food and drink to consume en route, and clothing appropriate for the weather, currently expected to be cloudy with sunny intervals.

There will be airport-style security checks at Victoria Tower Gardens before entering the Palace of Westminster. There are strict bag restrictions in place. 

Visitors are only permitted to bring one small bag per person into the Palace of Westminster. It must be smaller than 40cm x 30cm x 20cm, with one simple opening or zip in order to move quickly through the security check.

If visitors bring a large bag that is not permitted to take into the Palace of Westminster, there will be a bag drop facility before you enter the security search point.

Am I allowed to take photos?

Photography and filming will be banned inside Westminster Hall, where phones will be required to be on silent mode.

What can’t I bring in?

Banned items include flowers, candles, soft toys and photographs, which should only be left in a dedicated floral tribute area in the nearby Green Park.

Also prohibited are sharp items, any personal defence equipment that could be used as a weapon, whistles and laser devices, banners, flags, sleeping blankets and folding chairs. Airport-style security search points will be in place once visitors reach the Palace.

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