Susanna Reid reveals she queued for SEVEN hours to view Queen's coffin

‘At once majestic and peaceful’: Susanna Reid reveals she queued for more than SEVEN hours to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall

  • Susanna Reid has revealed that she queued for more than seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Thursday
  • The Good Morning Britain Host, 51, took to Twitter to announce that she and her mother Sue paid their respects to the late monarch as she lay in state 
  • She described the ‘historic’ moment as ‘majestic and peaceful’ as she revealed she had joined dedicated mourners in the queues
  • Queues to see the late monarch doubled in length on Thursday and were snaking for four miles past Tower Bridge, after dropping to two miles overnight 

Susanna Reid has revealed that she queued for more than seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin on its first day being on public view at Westminster Hall on Thursday.

The Good Morning Britain Host, 51, took to Twitter to announce that she and her mother Sue had paid their respects to the late monarch as she lay in state.

She described the ‘historic’ moment as ‘majestic and peaceful’ as she revealed she had joined mourners in the massive queues, which had reached five miles in length.

Dedicated: Susanna Reid (pictured right) has revealed she queued for over seven hours to view the Queen’s coffin for its first day being on public view at Westminster Hall on Thursday

Grief: Susanna described the ‘historic’ moment as ‘majestic and peaceful’ as she revealed she had joined mourners in the queues, which had reached five miles in length

She wrote: ‘Evening – along with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.’

Susanna has spoken about her mother in the past and revealed she worked as a nurse and a health visitor for mums and their newborn babies for over five decades. 

Sue, who has worked in healthcare for over 50 years, was nominated for a health star award by her daughter earlier this year.

Not only has she helped hundreds of young mums get to grips with a new baby at home, she also helped Susanna with her boys.

Sombre: The Good Morning Britain Host, 51, took to Twitter to announce that she and her mother Sue paid their respects to the late monarch as she lay in state

Susanna revealed they had waited for more than seven hours to see Her Majesty’s coffin as she offered advice to others wanting to pay their respects.

She continued: ‘If you are planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins. 

‘Wear the comfiest shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly. 

Queuing: Susanna also revealed she had waited for more than seven hours to see Her Majesty’s coffin as she offered advice to others wanting to pay their respects

‘Don’t carry too much in a bag – water is freely available and there are lots of cafes along the route. 

‘Also plenty of toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted the entire time.’

Queues to see the late monarch doubled in length on Thursday and were snaking for four miles past Tower Bridge, after dropping to two miles overnight.

Many more are expected to join the queue over the weekend – in a sign of the huge demand from people to say their final goodbye to the popular monarch.

It is estimated the number of people set to make the trip could hit more than 350,000, with people from all over the world expected to visit London to pay their respects. 

Long day: Susanna (pictured with her mother) wrote: ‘We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins’

Family: Susanna pictured with her mother Sue Smith, who is a nurse (pictured on Good Morning Britain in 2016) 

Mourners have already been pictured in tears as they pay their respects, as well as making the sign of the cross and standing in prayer. 

Pictures showed paramedics appearing to treat exhausted well-wishers, some who have queued throughout the day on Thursday, to see the Queen lying in state.

It comes after a soldier guarding the coffin fainted during his stint. One mourner was seen falling as he walked down the stairs of historic Westminster Hall towards the Queen’s coffin.

Ahead of what is expected to be a peak point this weekend, more than 1.7million people have gone online to view the Government’s live queue tracker on YouTube which shows the end of the line as people wait patiently to enter Westminster Hall to see the Queen’s coffin.

Crowds: Queues to see the late monarch doubled in length on Thursday and were snaking for four miles past Tower Bridge, after dropping to two miles overnight 

Thousands have already managed to see Her Majesty’s coffin, draped in the royal standard, as members of the royal guard stand in vigil around it. 

But sources told MailOnline how mourners could be prevented from seeing the Queen lying in state if they arrive at the end of the queue in Southwark Park later than 12.30am on Sunday.

Organisers have designated the bottom of the 63-acre park as the end of the line to see Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall, more than five miles away.

The estimated waiting time for those joining in the park, where snaking airport-style queues have been set up, is 30 hours.

Huge waiting times: Sources told how mourners could be prevented from seeing the Queen lying in state if they arrive at the end of the queue in Southwark Park after 12.30am on Sunday

That means that people have until 12.30am on Sunday with which to join the line before the time The Queen lays in state officially ends at 6.30am on Monday, the day of the state funeral.

On Thursday – the first full day of the Queen’s coffin being on public view – the queue had already reached Bermondsey Wall, half a mile from the park, by 3pm today.

A source said: ‘Southwark Park has been designated as the end of the queue. There have been barriers set up to facilitate a zig-zag queuing system.

‘Anyone at the end of that queue in the park can expect to wait for up to 30-hours to see The Queen in state.

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Paying respects: A child places flowers for Queen Elizabeth at the Green Park memorial next to Buckingham Palace this evening as thousands queue

‘We have to have a cut-off point, a time when we’ll have to unfortunately start turning people away.

‘That time will depend on the volume of the crowd and the flow rate on the route. At the moment around 2,000 people are being let into Westminster Hall an hour.

‘Currently that time will be either very late on Saturday night or extremely early on Sunday morning. But the Metropolitan Police will have the final say.

‘We’ve obviously been preparing for this and anticipated that the crowd would come this far…just not this soon.’

Sad news: Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch who was on the throne for 70 years, died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace announced at 6.30pm on Thursday 

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