#UK Ex-PM Theresa May curtsies to Queen’s coffin as she attends lying-in-state #UKnews
Theresa May has joined hundreds of Britons paying their respects to the Queen at Her Majesty’s lying-in-state in Westminster Hall.
The former prime minister, collectively together with her husband Sir Philip May, was noticed becoming a member of the queue submitting previous the Queen’s coffin.
But, not like the vast majority of these in attendance, the Mays didn’t appear to have queued for a lot of hours for his or her probability to pay tribute to the late monarch.
As an MP, Mrs May is entitled to soar to the entrance of the queue – which stretches for nearly three miles from Westminster to London Bridge – and acquire rapid entry to Westminster Hall.
They are additionally entitled to 4 timed entry tickets, letting pals or household additionally keep away from the lengthy wait.
The particular remedy for MPs, which additionally applies to friends, has been condemned by among the hundreds ready in line for his or her temporary probability to pay their respects.
With 650 MPs and about 800 friends within the House of Lords, it means round 7,000 areas in Westminster Hall may go to parliamentarians and their family and friends over the subsequent few days.
Theresa May, collectively together with her husband Sir Philip May, was noticed becoming a member of the queue submitting previous the Queen’s coffin
As she walked previous the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall simply earlier than 8am this morning, the previous PM stooped in a deep curtsy whereas Sir Philip bowed his head
Unlike the vast majority of these in attendance, the Mays didn’t appear to have queued for a lot of hours for his or her probability to pay tribute to the late monarch
The Queen’s lying-in-state, which is open 24 hours a day, ends at 6.30am on Monday – the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
Mrs May was considered one of 15 prime ministers in the course of the Queen’s 70-year reign.
As she walked previous the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall simply earlier than 8am this morning, the previous PM stooped in a deep curtsy whereas Sir Philip bowed his head.
Among these within the queue who condemned the particular entry being granted to MPs and friends was Julie Newman, 56.
She stated: ‘It is an abuse of privilege. I don’t thoughts queuing, as a result of all people queues. But there is no such thing as a excuse for queue-jumping, it’s not truthful.’
Dexter Bowls, 20, stated: ‘For something like this, it is not fair. They’re not going to work right now.’
Another stated it was unsuitable for MPs to be given 4 free tickets, saying: ‘They shouldn’t be allowed any.’
One girl stated: ‘They should be able to queue like everyone else in their own time.’
It will also be revealed that hundreds of law enforcement officials participating within the nation’s biggest-ever safety operation is not going to get an opportunity to go to the lying-in-state.
Officers usually are not being granted particular entry to Westminster Hall and have been advised not to go to whereas on responsibility close by.
A police supply final night time advised the Daily Mail: ‘It’s disappointing however not stunning that MPs are in a position to soar the queue whereas the hundreds of law enforcement officials working 12-hour days with cancelled holidays gained’t get any alternatives to say goodbye.’
There was additionally anger amongst MPs’ employees that they don’t seem to be being given precedence entry, not like their employers and Commons officers.
Parliamentary employees can present their passes to enter and might apply for one visitor ticket every.
According to the Spectator, one group of Conservative staffers wrote in a gaggle chat: ‘As servants in Her Majesty’s Parliament, we have been saddened to hear that the chance to pay our remaining respects to our late sovereign has been restricted to solely specific teams of go holders.’
Sources stated 140 MPs and 140 members of the Lords have been invited to witness the arrival of the Queen’s cortege at Parliament yesterday earlier than members of the general public have been allowed in.
Many put photographs of the order of service on social media afterwards.
The particular remedy for MPs, which additionally applies to friends, has been condemned by among the hundreds ready in line for his or her temporary probability to pay their respects
The queue for the Queen’s lying-in-state stretches for nearly three miles from Westminster to London Bridge
Senior Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds posted his black-edged invitation, writing: ‘It was a privilege to represent my constituents today at this remarkable ceremony and moment of British history.
‘I hope all those who wish to pay their respects at the lying-in-state are able to do so.’
Conservative MP Laurence Robertson attended together with his spouse, tweeting: ‘Annie and I have been honoured and privileged to pay our last respects to Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in Westminster Hall today.’
The Mays frolicked with the Royal Family at Balmoral whereas they have been in Downing Street, with Mrs May having recounted one go to throughout her tribute to the Queen within the House of Commons final week.
She started by telling MPs how the Queen was ‘fairly merely essentially the most outstanding individual I’ve ever met’ earlier than sharing a humorous anecdote of the time she dropped some cheese on a Balmoral picnic.
‘The hampers got here from the fort, and all of us mucked in to put the food and drinks out on the desk,’ she advised the Commons.
‘I picked up some cheese, put it on a plate and was transferring it to the desk. The cheese fell on the ground. I had a split-second resolution to make.’
Mrs May paused as MPs burst into laughter, earlier than including: ‘I picked up the cheese, put it on the plate and put it on the desk. I turned spherical to see that my each transfer had been watched very fastidiously by Her Majesty the Queen.
‘I checked out her. She checked out me and she simply smiled. And the cheese remained on the desk.’