Public can participate Queen Elizabeth’s wake in London, but strict rules must be followed. The list of items banned at the event includes camping tents, barbecue items, flowers and stuffed animals issued by the British government.
The ban extends to queues to enter the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen’s coffin will be kept open day and night for four days from today. According to the Daily Mirror, the government expects around 750,000 people to spend up to 30 hours in line.
In a list of rules for those wishing to pay their respects to the king, the government warns: “Please be aware that the line can be very long. You will be on your feet for hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity. Sit as the line moves. Please consider this before deciding to attend or bring children”.
The government says the security procedures will be similar to those applied at airports. For example, the dimensions of backpacks should not exceed 40 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm. A larger bag must be kept in a separate area, where the government says it is not responsible for items left behind.
The report also states that there is a ban on setting up tents and barbeques in the queue. Members of the public must bring their own food and drink, which must be consumed before entering the venue. Only clear, empty bottles are allowed in the Palace of Westminster. Also, to save a place in the queue, taking photos of the security area or the palace is prohibited.
The government also issued guidelines on how members of the public should behave at the venue: “Please respect the dignity of this event and behave appropriately. You must remain quiet inside the Palace of Westminster.”
“Dress appropriately for the occasion to pay your respects at the wake. Do not wear clothes with political or offensive slogans,” the report said.
Ordinary items such as candles, stuffed animals and photographs cannot be brought into the wake by the public. Those wishing to honor the Queen with flowers can leave them in Green Park, a kilometer from the Palace of Westminster.
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