Queen’s lying in state ends as last person passes through Westminster Hall

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The last person to see the Queen lying in state has said it was an “honour” – and went through the queue twice overnight to view her coffin.

People have lined up for miles to see the Queen‘s coffin, but the viewing closed at 6.30am after more than four days.

The coffin will now leave Westminster Hall shortly after 10.35am and the funeral at Westminster Abbey starts at 11am.

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The last person in the queue was Chrissy Heerey, from near High Wycombe, who like thousands before her bowed her head in silence.

She first saw the Queen’s coffin at 1.15am but said she “felt I needed to go through again”, so lined up a second time.

Ms Heerey, who serves with the RAF, said: “I swore my allegiance to her – I just feel very proud being in the air force and being one of her subjects.”

She called the Queen an “amazing lady who will never be replaced”.

“I just felt very proud that I was there and just very honoured that I was given the privilege to be able to go through again,” added Ms Heerey.

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