Live updates: UK to observe silence for Queen Elizabeth; mourners warned queue could reach capacity

The U.K. will hold a minute of silence at 8 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) Sunday as the country has one more day of queuing to see Queen Elizabeth’s coffin lying in state. 

The numbers of mourners continued to grow with a line stretching at least 5 miles. On Saturday, U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders and dignitaries flew into London ahead of the queen’s state funeral on Monday.

And the government shared details where the public can watch the day’s procession, including 125 cinemas screening the funeral. In addition to a number of viewing areas along the route, mourners will be able to watch on screens set up in Hyde Park, close to Buckingham Palace. There also will be screening sites at several towns and cities across the U.K.

The queue to see the queen will close once at capacity

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive in London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The infamous queue to see Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state will soon come to an end. 

As the nation prepares to lay its monarch to rest, officials announced that the queue will close to the public Sunday once it reaches final capacity. 

To avoid disappointment, please do not set off to join the queue,” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a tweet, adding the line was already at a 13-and-a-half-hour wait and could increase. For four days, thousands of people have joined the miles-long wait to see the monarch’s coffin in the Palace of Westminster. The crowds are the latest manifestation of a nationwide outpouring of grief for the only monarch most Britons have ever known. 

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U.S. President Joe Biden has arrived in London to pay his respects to the queen

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at London Stansted Airport on Saturday. The Bidens are in London to attend the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.

The president was expected to sign the official condolence book and attend a reception Sunday at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III before attending the queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Biden is among many world leaders traveling to the United Kingdom to honor Queen Elizabeth’s long reign. Biden and first lady Jill Biden were greeted at the airport by U.K. Ambassador Jane Hartley, Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst and others.

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