Wait times ballooned to more than 24 hours overnight as thousands of mourners braved cold temperatures to view the Queen’s lying in state.
At 5.30am on Saturday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s online tracker said the expected wait time was at least 24 hours as people queued from Southwark Park in south-east London, about five miles away.
The government website read: “The accessible queue is paused and will resume at midday on 17 September.
“All entry slots up to 12pm on 17 September have been filled. More will be made available at 12pm on 17 September. Please do not attempt to join the accessible queue before this time.”
Mourners already in line were urged to brace for cold weather, as temperatures dipped below 10C in the early morning.
Undeterred, a steady stream of people joined the queue on Friday evening, many wearing coats and jumpers.