Brits Camp Outside Westminster Abbey – 60 Hours Wait For ONE Queen Moment

Brits camp outside Westminster Abbey |

60 hours of waiting for the ONE Queen moment

The tents are set up, biscuits, chocolate bars and water in the pockets – and even if you can hardly believe it: the mood among those waiting in front of Westminster Abbey is fundamentally positive.

“It’s just important to us to pay a final respect to Her Majesty the Queen. She has done so much for our country. Luckily the weather has been playing along so far, it’s sunny, we didn’t expect that at all – unfortunately we forgot our sunscreen,” says Valenta McLarens (47) to BILD.

Carol Bolton, 74, her cousin Ann Coddon, 77, and friend Carol Marshall, 79, slept through the nights here on the street over the weekend.  They want to pay their last respects to their Queen

Carol Bolton, 74, her cousin Ann Coddon, 77, and friend Carol Marshall, 79, slept through the nights here on the street over the weekend. They want to pay their last respects to their Queen

Photo: Annika Raasch

Caroline Weal (62) and her friend Jackie Pease (55) are well equipped with a pink tent, good mood and polka dot umbrella against the sun

Caroline Weal (62) and her friend Jackie Pease (55) are well equipped with a pink tent, good mood and polka dot umbrella against the sun

Photo: Annika Raasch

Images that are otherwise only known from the release of a new iPhone – if at all. She and her daughter (14) have been waiting on the street for the big moment since Friday evening: the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in central London.

For about 60 hours they wait for the moment when the coffin is carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, the funeral service takes place, and then the Queen is driven on her truly final journey to Windsor Castle, her main residence.

Rachael Carter-Eagleton (40), Angela Halliwell (59) and Dawn Ashcroft (58) from Liverpool

Rachael Carter-Eagleton (40), Angela Halliwell (59) and Dawn Ashcroft (58) from Liverpool

Photo: Annika Raasch

A small part of the waiting crowd of people who have been camping and holding out on the street for days - all of them with the best patience and in a good mood

A small part of the waiting crowd of people who have been camping and holding out on the street for days – all of them with the best patience and in a good mood

Photo: Annika Raasch

But the McLarens are not alone: ​​on Saturday morning around 30 people are already waiting on the street to have the best view on Monday.

The streets are packed on Sunday lunchtime – countless people have been waiting on the streets of London a whole day before. It’s almost impossible to get a chance at the front row or even a good view of the road at all.

Mary O'Leary, 60, and Sister Jane Moxom, 55, from Reading, have settled into their camp chairs and fluffy jackets

Mary O’Leary, 60, and Sister Jane Moxom, 55, from Reading, have settled into their camp chairs and fluffy jackets

Photo: Annika Raasch

Belinda McClemens (57) from Lincolnshire shows off one of her bagged snacks here.  She made it to the front in the front row

Belinda McClemens (57) from Lincolnshire shows off one of her bagged snacks here. She made it to the front in the front row

Photo: Annika Raasch

“If we weren’t here now, it would just get busier and busier. You can’t even get through the city anymore. I would just like to be there and not watch the whole thing on TV,” said McLarens to BILD at the weekend with a beaming smile on his face.

Today, Monday, she will say goodbye to her great queen.

Map: The Queen's Last Voyage Infographic

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