“Extraordinary scenes” as people line A40 to see Queen’s cortege

Image above: cortege travels down the A40; photo SkyNews

Residents spontaneously line A40 to catch glimpse of Queen’s cortege

Tens of thousands of people lined the A40 on Tuesday evening (13 September) to catch a glimpse side of the Queen’s cortege on its way from RAF Northolt to Buckingham Place.

The Queen’s coffin arrived at RAF Northolt from Edinburgh around sunset. Soon after the specially designed hearse took to the road travelling though Perivale, Ealing, Acton and White City before turning off the Westway near Paddington.

Though the eastbound carriageway was closed to traffic, local residents poured out of their homes to get a view of the cortege. The westbound carriage way remained open, but drivers, realising the significance of the moment, pulled over onto the outside lane and stood in the central reservation all along the route.

The journey finished at Buckingham Palace where the King, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with other members of the royal family were waiting to receive it. The Queen was taken to the Bow Room before being transferred to Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until the day of her funeral.

Some watching cheered and clapped while others threw bouquets into the path of the hearse. Other sections of the road were said to be in “pin drop silence”.

One onlooker, Neel Radia Tweeted:

Another, Helen Hoddinott Tweeted:

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