Queen Elizabeth's death and funeral

By Rob Picheta, Ed Upright and Aditi Sangal, CNN

Updated 9:52 PM ET, Wed September 14, 2022
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12:46 p.m. ET, September 14, 2022

The line to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state is currently 2.9 miles long and ends near London Bridge

From CNN’s Alex Hardie in London

People line up in London for the chance to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday.
People line up in London for the chance to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. (Maja Smiejkowska/Reuters)

The end of the queue for people to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state is currently near London Bridge, according to the UK government’s live tracker. 

The queue is approximately 2.9 miles long (about 4 kilometers), the tracker says.

Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, UK Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said that the government is expecting “extremely large queues, that could go up to thirty hours.”

She added that “it won’t be thirty hours for everybody” but said that it was important people knew how long it could potentially take.

Donelan added that there will be more than 1,000 people per day on hand to help those in the queue, including from the Samaritans, the Red Cross, and the Metropolitan Police.

 

12:37 p.m. ET, September 14, 2022

"I couldn't contain my emotion," says woman who waited for 2 days to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state

A woman who waited for two days to pay her respects to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall said she became emotional as she passed by the late monarch's coffin.

"It's really, really emotional. It's so sad. It reminds me of when my mom died in Ghana, and all the family has to go around and then pay our respects and say farewell to her. I couldn't contain my emotion. Emotion is something natural. You can't think, it has to come out. ... I was choked up and had to cry," Grace told CNN's Bianca Nobilo.

Grace said that all the chairs have been taken away in Westminster Hall and mourners are in a single line to file past the Queen's coffin.

"I was sad, just so sad not to see her again," she said.

12:14 p.m. ET, September 14, 2022

First members of the public enter Westminster Hall to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state 

From CNN's Sugam Pokharel

The first members of the public were seen entering Westminster Hall to view Queen Elizabeth II's coffin lying in state after the hall was officially opened to the public at 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local time). 

The Queen will lie in state until the morning of her funeral on Monday.

12:26 p.m. ET, September 14, 2022

Nearly all Tesco supermarkets in the UK will close on Queen's funeral day

From CNN'S Sarah Diab in London

(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Tesco supermarkets across the UK will close on the day of the late Queen's state funeral, Tesco announced in a statement on Wednesday.

"On the morning of the funeral on Monday 19 September our stores across the UK will remain closed to allow our colleagues to pay their respects," said Jason Tarry, Tesco UK's CEO, in the statement.

However, some shops will remain open as an exception. 

"A small number of our London stores will be open along the funeral procession," the statement added.

12:56 p.m. ET, September 14, 2022

"I needed to come and say goodbye": Mourners line up for hours to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II

People in a 2.5-mile-long line (about 4 kilometers) in London to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II explained why they wanted to visit her coffin in Westminster Hall.

"I just feel like I will regret it if I don't. And I just felt like I needed to come and say goodbye. That's just me. And also, when my family has children — my boys have children — I'd like to teach them the history of it all. So, it just needed to be done today," one woman told CNN's Anna Stewart as she waited in line.

A group told Stewart that they were told the line could last about five hours from where they stood, but the queue is moving.

11:56 a.m. ET, September 14, 2022

PBS is shifting Monday programming for Queen Elizabeth's funeral

From CNN's Megan Thomas

PBS announced a change in programming plans for coverage of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

"The U.S and the Holocaust," a three-part film directed by documentarian Ken Burns, will no longer air on Monday to accommodate special programming from PBS and BBC around the funeral.

Episode 1 of the docuseries will still premiere on Sunday, with the second episode moving to Tuesday.

11:43 a.m. ET, September 14, 2022

Princess of Wales wore a brooch that belonged to Queen Elizabeth at today's service

From CNN's Jorge Engels in London

Catherine, Princess of Wales is driven behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Catherine, Princess of Wales is driven behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday. (Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images)

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, wore a diamond and pearl leaf brooch that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II at the short service marking the arrival of the late monarch's coffin at Westminster Hall, according to the UK’s Press Association.

 

11:36 a.m. ET, September 14, 2022

Women made up half of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery regiment, defense source says

From CNN's Lauren Kent in London

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Wednesday.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/Pool via AP)

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, which led the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall earlier on Wednesday, has about 50% female regiment members, according to a defense source.

There is not a deliberate reason that a large number of the regiment members are women, the defense source told CNN.

"The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery role includes the firing of Royal Salutes to mark the grand occasions of State, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Royal Birthdays and Births," according to the British Army website.

11:28 a.m. ET, September 14, 2022

Prince Pavlos of Greece remembers his late cousin, Queen Elizabeth II

From CNN's Eve Brennan

Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, told CNN that his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, was "one of the kindest people I knew."

“She was always smiling … knowledgeable about everything… and had a very good sense of humor," he said.

He also expressed his love and praise for King Charles III, and he acknowledged the unique position of being an heir.

“What you’ve been waiting for your whole life is also the saddest day of your life,” he said.

King Charles III, according to Pavlos, is “best prepared” to inherit the Crown due to his vast knowledge of his country and the Commonwealth that he has acquired through his charity work under the Prince’s Trust.