A man arrested in front of the coffin after trying to touch it

YouTube screenshot Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is on display in Westminster Hall until Monday, the day of the burial.

YouTube screenshot

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is on display in Westminster Hall until Monday, the day of the burial.

UNITED KINGDOM – The Queen’s rest already disrupted. A man was arrested Friday evening, September 16, after running over the catafalque where Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is displayed in Westminster Hall, London.

A video circulating on social media shows the long queue of Britons wishing to pay their last respects to the Queen, who died on September 8. Suddenly, the faces, patient and tired after hours of waiting, are disfigured with shock. The camera lens then refocuses on a man present on the platform and then brought back by the police.

The live broadcast by British channels, allowing to observe the flow of people around the coffin, was interrupted for several minutes to hide the images of the arrest. According to English media, the man ran to the queen’s coffin to touch it. A prohibited gesture, the British being only authorized to meditate at a distance, a few meters from Queen Elizabeth II.

24 hour wait outside Westminster

Scotland Yard confirmed the facts in a statement, citing a “disturbance”. The man was arrested and taken into custody. Parliament has also made it known that it is “aware that an incident had occurred (…). The person was removed from the lobby and the queue resumed after a short interruption”.

This event occurred a few hours after the “vigil of the princes”, during which the four children of Elizabeth II, including King Charles III, gathered for several minutes in front of their mother’s coffin. The funeral will take place on Monday.

Thousands of Britons and foreigners rushed to Westminster to bid farewell to the Queen who ruled the country for 70 years. The queue to see his coffin stretched for miles along the Thames on Saturday morning and the wait was estimated at “ at least 24 hours » according to the government.

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