As of Thursday evening, the live feed shows the line is 4.9 miles long with a waiting time of nine hours before reaching Westminster Hall. Metro UK estimates the waiting time might reach up to 30 hours over the next few days, leading up to the queen’s funeral on Monday, September 19.
According to The Washington Post, the line starts near Lambeth Bridge, weaving past famous landmarks like the London Eye, along the Thames River, over the London Bridge, and potentially all the way to Southwark Park. By mid-day on Wednesday, the line was already stretching about 25% of the planned route, with people pitching tents, using foldable pushchairs for some comfort, and taking turns leaving the line to grab a bite or a cup of coffee.
Those waiting to pay their respects reported feeling “part of history” as they walked to thank the beloved monarch for her “unrelenting service.” Others had memories of meeting the queen in person throughout the years and wanted to say a proper goodbye, as reported by Metro UK.
Barriers have been set up around the route of the line, and several roads around have been closed to traffic to facilitate the movement of people safely, reports ITV. Since Westminster Hall will remain open 24 hours a day until Monday morning, mourners waiting in line are likely to get little sleep as the line continues to move forward non-stop.