Man tackled by police and arrested after making a run to the Queen’s coffin

A man has been removed from Westminster Hall by police after he broke free of the queue to see the Queen's coffin and made a run towards it.

Other mourners in the queue waiting to pay their respects reportedly watched on in horror.

Police were quick to spot the offender, quickly grabbing and taking him down, before he was arrested.

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The incident occurred at 10pm on friday evening (September 16), with the Met Police issuing the following statement:

“22:00hrs on Friday 16 September officers from the Met's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance.

"He was arrested for an offence under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.”

The queue for paying respects to the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall runs for miles, with it taking around 12 hours to get to the front.

Westminster Hall will be open to mourners until 6:30am on Monday morning, with the funeral taking place later that day.

The UK is set to see the arrival of many global leaders over the weekend, with around 500 dignitaries from around the world are expected to attend, including US president Joe Biden, French leader Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's premier Jacinda Ardern.

It is believed that the Queen's funeral will be the "largest international event" the UK has ever held.

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Alongside members of the public, the royal family have been in attendance at Westminster Hall, as King Charles III and his siblings, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, guarded their mother's coffin on Friday, shortly before 8pm.

The King stood at one end of the coffin, while the Duke of York was at the opposite end facing the area where the queue of mourners enter the hall.

Other members of the royal family attended the vigil, including the Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Countess of Wessex.

You can leave your tributes to Queen Elizabeth II here.


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