Royal superfans queuing to see Queen's coffin face being drenched

Royal superfans queuing to see Queen's coffin face being drenched

Royal superfans queuing to be first in line to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall face being drenched as they wait with showers forecast for London

  • Met Office has predicted showers early on Wednesday, the day the coffin will arrive in London from Edinburgh
  • A service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s life is currently taking place at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh
  • The forecaster said today is a largely dry and fine day with patchy cloud and some sunny spells in the city
  • The public can view the coffin to pay their respects before it is taken to London to lie in state on Wednesday
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

Royal superfans queueing to be the first in line to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall face getting drenched as rain has been forecast for London.

The Met Office has predicted showers early on Wednesday, the day the coffin will arrive in London from Edinburgh, and advised mourners to bring an umbrella for when they wait to pay their respects to the Queen.

There may be a ‘possible’ damp start to the day brought on by a band of overnight showers that are set to break out along the south of England, according to spokesman Stephen Dixon.

Meanwhile, the forecaster said today is turning out to be a largely dry and fine day with patchy cloud and some sunny spells in Edinburgh, where King Charles III and the Queen Consort are with some members of the royal family.

The Queen was taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral where her family, and a congregation drawn from all areas of Scottish society, are attending a service of thanksgiving for her life.

Royal superfans queueing to be the first in line to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall face getting drenched as rain has been forecast for London. Pictured are people gathering under the rain near Buckingham Palace to lay flowers on Friday, following the passing of the Queen the previous day

There may be a ‘possible’ damp start to Wednesday brought on by a band of overnight showers that are set to break out along the south of England, according to Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon. Pictured are people waiting in the rain to lay flowers at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, the day after the Queen’s death was announced

When it comes to the weather the mourners will face this week, Mr Dixon said: ‘There are some showers possible early on Wednesday.’ Pictured is a wet Piccadilly Circus after the announcement of the death of the Queen

The Queen will lie in state for four days from Wednesday before her funeral at Westminster Abbey next Monday, with mourners who arrive early facing getting drenched. Pictured are people queuing quiety to lay flowers at the gate of Buckingham Palace following the Queen’s death

Members of the public will be able to view the coffin to pay their respects for 24 hours before it is taken to London to lie in state on Wednesday.

The Queen will lie in state for four days before her funeral at Westminster Abbey next Monday.

Members of the public wishing to pay their respects will be able to file past the Queen’s coffin in London’s Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday until 6.30am on the day of the funeral – Monday September 19.

When it comes to the weather the mourners will face this week, Mr Dixon said: ‘There are some showers possible early on Wednesday.

‘It will still feel quite mild with maximum temperatures of 23C which is above average for the time of year.

‘If you are heading out early on Wednesday, then bringing an umbrella would probably be advisable with the nature of the showers around.

‘As it heads into the afternoon, that risk does lessen slightly but it will generally be feeling quite mild.’

Members of the public gather to watch the procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh today. The Met Office said today is turning out to be a largely dry and fine day with patchy cloud and some sunny spells in the city 

Pictured are crowds gathered in Edinburgh today, but the Met Office has predicted showers early on Wednesday, the day the coffin will arrive in London from Edinburgh, and advised mourners to bring an umbrella for when they wait to pay their respects to the Queen

The procession with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, followed by King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, heads up the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Members of the public will be able to view the coffin to pay their respects for 24 hours before it is taken to London to lie in state on Wednesday

King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew walk behind the hearse carrying the coffin in Edinburgh today. The Queen was taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to nearby St Giles’ Cathedral where her family, and a congregation drawn from all areas of Scottish society, are attending a service of thanksgiving for her life

Mr Dixon added that Thursday will be an ‘overcast day with a fair bit of cloud around but not much in the way of rain’.

Precise forecasts about the weather conditions for Monday’s funeral are still being drawn up.

Mr Dixon said that ‘patchy cloud with some interludes of sunshine is the most likely scenario for Monday at present’ in the south while other regions may see some light showers.

Sir Mark Rowley, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, described preparations for the Queen’s lying in state, which begins on Wednesday, as a ‘massive challenge’.

It will involve thousands of officers it is something ‘we have been preparing for many, many years’.

He told Sky News: ‘We will have a safe event, but we will be putting thousands of officers into this because of the level of security required and the millions of people who want to pay their respects.’

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