Thousands of people camped in London on Sunday looking for the best places to watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession on Monday.
The best prepared for the event pitched tents and had sleeping bags, air mattresses and tea bottles, while others sat or slept on the floor in just their clothes.
On Sunday, schoolteacher Melanie Oddie, 60, camped out in front of barricades along the mall outside Buckingham Palace with her two daughters and grandson after arriving at the site at 4:30 pm local time (3:30 pm GMT) on Sunday. Sunday afternoon. .
“Part of the story was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and respect… The atmosphere is very unique. I have to attend. It’s so worth it,” she said, wearing a pink scarf. He wrapped it around his head. He added that it was the least he could do to honor the late queen.
“It has always been a big part of my life. He was always there to guide us. I cared a lot about this country.”
He went on to say that people in line were friendly and shared stories until around 11pm when some tried to sleep.
People arrived at night in taxis or additional trains designed to transport people.
As people headed for the procession, some were quiet and sad, dressed in black, while others were more excited. “God bless the queen,” sang a group of three women wearing British flag hats as they walked down the aisle.
Crowds came from across Britain and the world. And there were people of all ages, from young to old, some in wheelchairs, some children who came in strollers pulled by their parents.