Man Arrested After Approaching Queen’s Coffin
A man has been arrested after he approached Queen Elizabeth’s coffin from a queue of mourners in Westminster Hall.
He was arrested under the Public Order Act and was taken into custody, Metropolitan Police said.
The incident in Parliament occurred at about 22:00 BST on Friday night, the force said in a statement, reports the BBC. The live video feed of the Queen lying in the state cut away for a brief period during the incident.
A statement from Scotland Yard said: “Around 22:00 on Friday 16 September officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance.”
A Parliament spokesperson said: “We’re aware of an incident in Westminster Hall, in which a member of the public moved out of the queue and towards the catafalque.
“They have now been removed from the hall and the queue restarted with minimal disruption.” Earlier in the evening, the King was joined by siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, in a vigil in the hall.
The late Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall until the day of her funeral on Monday.
Meanwhile, Mourners in London have been braving a chilly night and waiting times of at least 24 hours to pay their last respects to the Queen.
Officials say the queue, nearly five miles long, is at near total capacity. They appeal for people to stop joining the line for now.
It’s been confirmed that, at the King’s request, both Princes William and Harry will be in uniform when they take part in a vigil beside the Queen’s coffin on Saturday evening.