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More crowds for Queen Mother
Queues gather on Friday
Gates were kept open overnight
Queues have already begun to form outside Westminster Hall as more people gather to pay their respects to the Queen Mother.

Thousands gathered on Friday, queuing for up to six hours, after the Queen Mother's coffin arrived to lie in state.

Officials had to extend a four-hour public viewing period into the night to satisfy all the well-wishers.

By mid-evening on Friday about 25,000 people had already filed past her coffin, after waiting in a line which grew to two-and-a-half miles long.

The hall re-opened at 0800 BST after a two-hour closure.

Breakfast was live from Westminster Hall.

Our correspondent June Kelly said:

There are a couple of hundred people here already. ..there's been an enormous level of interest...people have said it is a big moment in our history, and they want to be part of one thought there would be this level of demand...some of the people in the queues gave up yesterday and have begun coming back, wanting to make a day of it again today...

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An estimated 400,000 people turned out to watch the coffin as it was carried through central London, in the biggest display of pageantry for a generation.

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Tony Blair and other political leaders inside Westminster Hall
Politicians filed past the coffin
The coffin is standing on a seven-foot high catafalque, draped in the Queen Mother's personal standard and surmounted by her diamond-encrusted crown.

It is also topped with a single wreath of white roses and sweet peas from the Queen, reading 'In Loving Memory, Lilibet'.

Four servicemen are standing vigil at the four corners of the coffin.

Part of the floor of the ancient hall has been laid with carpeting to muffle the tread of those filing past.

Display of pageantry

The Queen Mother will lie in state until Tuesday, when the coffin will be taken to Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

The morning funeral procession was the biggest display of pageantry in the UK since the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Line-up behind the coffin
Members of the Royal Family followed the coffin
Lying in state
  • The Queen Mother will lie in state until Monday evening
  • Westminster Hall is open from 1400 BST on Friday
  • The hall is more than 900-years-old

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  • Three generations of the Royal Family and 1,700 armed forces personnel took part in the 30-minute parade from St James's Palace.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princes William and Harry led the mourners behind the gun carriage, with Princess Anne and nine other senior members of the Royal Family.

    The teenage princes were dressed in morning suits, in contrast to other family members in their military uniforms.

    Behind the family were members of the Queen Mother's personal staff, including her loyal page William Tallon, known affectionately as "Backstairs Billy".

    A military band played as the half-mile long procession made its way down the Mall, and a 28-gun salute was fired from nearby Green Park.

    The Queen entering Westminster Hall
    The Queen led mourners at Westminster Hall
    The Queen, dressed in black, did not join the procession, but went to Westminster Hall to lead mourners at the prayer service marking the beginning of the lying-in-state.

    MPs, headed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, members of the House of Lords including Baroness Thatcher, and many other VIPs, including Commonwealth representatives, were also at the hall.

    The Metropolitan Police are offering up-to-the-minute information on queuing times on 0207 593 7851.

    The BBC's Jennie Bond
    "On Monday evening there will be a final tribute from her grandsons"
    The BBC's John Sudworth
    "An estimated 25,000 have so far paid their respects"
    BBC's June Kelly
    reporting from Westminster Hall
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