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South Bank to host queue for Lying-in-State

Update 14.09.22 8pm
Link to live queue information and also Facebook, Twitter and YouTube updates.

Lambeth Council has written as follows in respect of the lying-in state arrangements for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

"Dear Residents,

Following the sad death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Majesty will be Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall between Wednesday 14 September and Monday 19 September. The queue for the Lying-in-State will pass through the north of Lambeth, mostly along the South Bank.

Lying-in-State describes the formal occasion in which a coffin is placed on view to allow the public to pay their respects to the deceased before the funeral ceremony. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll's Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster opens to the public at 5pm today. It will be open 24-hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on 19 September.

Large numbers of people from across the country and beyond are expected to attend, and therefore the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are managing the queue, with support from local agencies including Lambeth Council.

The queue will form on the Albert Embankment, run along Belvedere Road behind the London Eye, and head onto the South Bank where it will follow the River Thames past the National Theatre, Tate Modern and HMS Belfast through to Southwark Park.

Map showing the route of the queue as it passes through Lambeth

We want to reassure you that we are working with DCMS, the Metropolitan Police, Southwark and Westminster Councils, and other agencies, to limit the disruption caused to Londoners living on the route. A professional events company has been commissioned by DCMS to manage the event, and they will ensure adequate facilities are put in place, including toilets and welfare facilities.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as our borough supports the national period of mourning and funeral arrangements for Her Majesty. We will keep you updated about the arrangements, please follow our Twitter account @lambeth_council and visit lambeth.gov.uk for updates.

Further information:

  • Tube services will be running as normal; however, some stations will be busier than usual. All rail and bus strikes that were planned to take place this week have now been called off
  • The Government has requested that we support overnight food and non-alcoholic beverage trading in the vicinity of the queue route until Monday, September 19 
  • Twenty-one local roads in Lambeth will have revised parking restrictions and access arrangements to allow safe queuing
  • Rubbish and recycling services will remain in place and on regular schedules
  • Lambeth Council's partnership work to tackle rogue traders will continue throughout
  • Local bridges, including Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge, will have temporary arrangements in place to manage access, please check before you travel.
  • Guidance on the Procession for Lying-in-State is now live on GOV.UK
  • Follow @dcms on Twitter for live locations for the back of the queue
  • A minute's silence will be held at 8pm on Sunday 18 September to mark a National Moment of Reflection to pay our respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • The date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll's State Funeral, Monday 19 September, will be a national bank holiday

Yours faithfully,

Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council, and Bayo Dosunmu, Chief Executive"

The Council has also written by letter to residents most affected; see here