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Edited by Marianna Brady

All times stated are UK

  1. We're moving our live page

    Thanks for tuning in to our live coverage of Thursday's events following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

    It's early Friday morning now in the UK, and we're beginning the day's coverage here. Click to keep up to date with the latest developments.

  2. First person to view Queen's coffin says experience helped with own grief

    Vanessa Nanthakumaran is pictured before getting in to Westminster Hall to see the Queen lying in state

    More from Westminster Hall now, where the Queen is lying in state. Vanessa Nanthakumaran, the first mourner who got in to see the late monarch's coffin, says the experience helped her to deal with the death of her husband in February.

    She told the PA news agency she was "happy" to be the first into the Hall, and to be "involved in a bit of history".

    She added: "I'm so privileged that this opportunity was given to the public. I will be remembering this for my life."

    Vanessa, from Harrow, north-west London, queued for more than 50 hours on Albert Embankment. Once in, she says she curtsied, said prayers in her head and thanked the Queen for "her great service".

    The BBC spoke to Vanessa on Monday, when her queuing journey began. You can watch that here.

  3. Watch: Cabinet ministers stand guard over Queen's coffin

    Video content

    Video caption: Ben Wallace and Alister Jack stand guard over Queen's coffin

    This is the moment that Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Scotland Secretary Alister Jack stood guard over the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall earlier today.

    Both politicians are members of the Royal Company of Archers, which functions as the monarch's bodyguard in Scotland.

    The Queen's coffin is being guarded in Westminster Hall by units from the Sovereign's Bodyguard, the Household Division or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

  4. What happened today?

    With the new Prince and Princess of Wales in Norfolk, the Princess Royal back in Scotland and the Earl and Countess of Wessex in Manchester, senior royals carried out another day of duties as official mourning for the Queen continued.

    During his trip to Sandringham House to read floral tributes left for his grandmother, Prince William told well-wishers that walking behind the Queen's coffin yesterday was "challenging" because it brought back memories of having to do the same at his mother - Princess Diana's - funeral.

    Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, speaks to crowds in Glasgow
    Image caption: Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, spoke to crowds in Glasgow

    Here's what else has happened:

    • A queue of 4.9 miles (7.8km) and nine hours long has formed, with people waiting in line to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall. Tonight will be the second night in a row people have braved the cold, with the Hall staying open 24 hours a day for the four days the Queen's coffin rests there
    • Earlier, the UN General Assembly held a special session in New York as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
    • In Canada, parliament held a similar session, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking personally and emotionally about the Queen
    • King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, stayed out of the spotlight, with the pair spending the day at their country home Highgrove before they embark on the last stop of their UK tour on Wednesday, to Wales
    Members of the public stand in the queue on the South Bank in London opposite the Palace of Westminster, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday
    Image caption: As day turned to night, those queuing to see the Queen's coffin edge closer to Westminster Hall
  5. 'Queen’s funeral will be the biggest thing the Diplomatic Service ever sees'

    BBC Newscast logo

    The Queen’s funeral will be “the biggest thing that the Diplomatic Service ever sees”, the UK’s former top diplomat has told the BBC.

    Speaking to the BBC’s Newscast podcast, Simon McDonald, the ex-civil service head of the Foreign Office, said: “Never have so many heads of state and government come to London for one event, for one day."

    Some 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, are expected to attend the service at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.

    However, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar have not been invited.

    Hear the full interview with Lord McDonald on Newscast on BBC Sounds.

  6. Warm clothes at the ready for those just joining queue

    Leisha Santorelli

    Reporting from Southwark Park

    Public queues to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state are now stretching through Southwark Park in south-east London.

    As of 20:00 BST the lines were moving quite promptly. Members of the public we spoke to at the very end of the queue are expecting waits of at least eight to nine hours.

    They were in relatively high spirits and came prepared with warm clothing and bags of food.

    However, some stewards believe if after-work crowds continue to grow tonight it could hit up to 20 hours waiting in line, with that increasing over the weekend.

    As day turns to night, people are still joining the queue to see the Queen's coffin
  7. Queen leaves a vacuum that will be impossible to fill - UN secretary general

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the UN General Assembly on Thursday

    The United Nations General Assembly earlier paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II during a session in New York.

    Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the Queen as a "reassuring and inspiring presence" who was "an anchor of stability across decades of often turbulent history.

    "She was a consummate diplomat. And she often wielded her diplomatic skills as the only woman in the room."

    Guterres added: "For seven decades, Queen Elizabeth II transcended her role to connect at the most human level with everyone she met – world leaders and ordinary people alike.

    "And for that, she was among the most respected and loved global leaders of our age.

    "Queen Elizabeth’s passing leaves a vacuum that will be impossible to fill."

  8. 'It's bringing everyone together'

    Sara Monetta

    At Westminster Hall

    Nicola, after attending the Queen's lying-in-state
    Image caption: Nicola travelled overnight from Cornwall to pay her respects to the Queen.

    Among those who made the trip to Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the Queen today was Nicola, who travelled to London overnight from Cornwall.

    As a wheelchair user, she said the most difficult part was to make it from the train station to the Tate Britain art gallery, where the accessible queue began.

    “All bus routes were diverted,” she told me.

    A group of Scouts directed her to the tent where people could get a wristband with a timed entry and, after snapping a selfie, she was on her way to Westminster Hall.

    For people with special accessibility needs, the queue to the lying-in-state is much shorter. People have access to a special lane along the side of the building, where, after the security checks, they are let in to the hall via a ramp.

    About an hour and a half later, I met Nicola at the exit of Westminster Hall. Her eyes were a bit teary, but she felt very positive about the whole experience.

    “Everybody was wonderful, everybody was very respectful,” she said.

    “It’s bringing everyone together. I wouldn’t be surprised if people became friends with people today.”

  9. London stations quieter than usual despite Queen crowds

    Katy Austin

    BBC News, transport correspondent

    The Queen's face is seen on a train information board at Clapham Junction station, south-west London

    London's railway stations have been less busy than usual today, despite the number of people paying their respects to the Queen during the first full day of lying-in-state at Westminster Hall.

    Network Rail data covering up to 11:30 BST suggest London's major stations were 13% less busy today than yesterday, and footfall was 8% down on Thursday last week.

    It's reasonable to assume that more "typical" Thursday traffic - for example commuters - has stayed away, more than compensating for the extra visitors, the company says.

    On the London Underground it's a slightly different story, with Transport for London saying that by 15:00 today, 3.1 million tube journeys had been made around the capital - up 1% on last Thursday. Buses are also up 3% on last week.

    The ticket website has said it's seen a rise in bookings to London for Monday, the day of the Queen's funeral. The rail industry is encouraging people to spread out their journeys home on Monday to avoid too much of a rush after events finish.

  10. Analysis

    Canada's complicated feelings for monarchy expressed at special session

    Barbara Plett Usher

    Reporting from Canada

    Canadian politicians hold a moment of silence for the Queen
    Image caption: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke personally and emotionally about the late Queen

    Canada’s parliament has been holding a special session to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth that reflects deep respect for the late monarch, but also more complicated feelings about the monarchy.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke personally and emotionally about the late queen – noting that he first met her as a little boy when his father Pierre Trudeau was Canada’s leader. He described how she “felt at home” in Canada and was loved by Canadians who “feel they’ve lost a family member who grew up alongside them".

    Yves-Francois Blanchet, the leader of the nationalist Bloc Quebecois, struck a different tone, saying the history between the Crown and the Quebec nation was "thorny and cruel". “But respect for those who are grieving must come first and we have to distinguish institutions from the people, politics from sincere sadness."

    In contrast, the new head of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre, defended Canada’s constitutional monarchy. “The authority of the Crown may in a sense be fictional but it is also functional,” he said.

    The leader of the National Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth as a figure of stability amid tremendous change who “used her platform to offer encouragement in difficult times”.

    But he also acknowledged the dark legacy of colonialism, urging King Charles III to pursue reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous people and repair relations with other countries that had been damaged by Britain’s colonial past.

  11. Queue now starting at Southwark Park

    The queue to see the Queen lying in state has reached Southwark Park, which has been opened to mourners. This will now become a mass holding area at the back of the queue.

    From now on, anyone wanting to join will need to head to Southwark Park.

    The estimated queuing time is now at least 8.5 hours, the government's tracker says, and 4.9 miles long.

  12. Celtic face Uefa charge over anti-monarchy banner, as Rangers avoid sanction

    Rangers fans at Ibrox Stadium hold up colours to form an image of the Union Jack on Wednesday
    Image caption: Though Celtic face action, their rivals Rangers will escape punishment despite defying Uefa orders last night

    Scottish football club Celtic face disciplinary action after an anti-monarchy banner was displayed by fans ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Uefa, the governing body of European football, has opened proceedings against the Glasgow club and says it will "decide on the matter in due course".

    However, Celtic's city rivals Rangers will escape punishment despite playing the national anthem in their own match against Napoli last night - defying an order from Uefa.

    God Save the King was sung, and a minute's silence was held, to commemorate the Queen's death.

    Uefa had said it wanted consistency across all UK venues, but has confirmed today that the club will face no disciplinary action.

    Read more here.

  13. Pupil cried after meeting Princess of Wales, teacher says

    The Princess of Wales speaks with a King's Lynn pupil who lays down a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
    Image caption: The Princess of Wales speaks with King's Lynn pupil Elizabeth Sulkovska, eight, who lays down a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

    Headteacher Gregory Hill was with a group of children aged seven to nine in Sandringham earlier when the new Prince and Princess of Wales came out to greet mourners laying tributes at the royal estate.

    Catherine invited eight-year-old Elizabeth Sulkovska to walk with her to place a corgi teddy and a bouquet of flowers among the tributes.

    "Elizabeth was overwhelmed - she cried with joy at being chosen," Hill added.

    "It's just a wonderful, amazing opportunity."

    The Princess of Wales views floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk
  14. In pictures: A quieter day for the Royal Family

    Thursday has been a quieter day than others over the last week - with King Charles at Highgrove House before he heads to Wales tomorrow, and the Queen's coffin lying in state for a first full day.

    But there's still been a wave of activity across the country, including a walkabout in Norfolk by the new Prince and Princess of Wales.

    Let's take a look at some of the key moments of the day.

    Military officers march outside the Palace of Westminster at 03:00 BST during a rehearsal for the Queen's funeral
    Image caption: Thursday began with an early-morning rehearsal of the Queen's funeral. This photo was taken at around 03:00 BST
    William, the Prince of Wales, bends down to read tributes left outside Sandringham, while Kate, the Princess of Wales, stands above him
    Image caption: The new Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, headed to Sandringham House to see flower tributes to the Queen
    Schoolchildren holding Union Jack flags are pictured at Regent's Park Mosque
    Image caption: London school children joined Muslims from across the UK at Regent's Park Mosque to honour the life of Queen Elizabeth II and to mark the accession of King Charles III
    Scottish Secretary Alister Jack and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stand guard by the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall
    Image caption: Scottish Secretary Alister Jack (centre left) and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (centre right) stood guard by the Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall. They're both members of the Royal Company of Archers
    People queue along the River Thames to get into Westminster Hall and pay their respects to the Queen
    Image caption: Thousands are still queuing to see the Queen's coffin lying in state; the estimated wait time is at least eight hours
    Aerial shot of crowds of people crossing Westminster Bridge by the Palace of Westminster
    Image caption: This aerial shot shows dozens of people leaving Westminster Hall after paying their respects to the Queen
    Screens showing with the Queen's ER logo appear during the UN General Assembly's tribute session
    Image caption: Over in New York, the UN General Assembly held a special session as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
  15. Watch: Queen procession brought back memories of Diana's funeral - William

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    Video caption: Procession brought back memories, says Prince William

    Prince William has told mourners outside Sandringham House that walking behind the Queen's coffin in a procession yesterday "brought back a few memories" of his mother's funeral.

    Speaking to well-wishers outside the royal residence earlier, he said yesterday's event was "challenging".

    In September 1997, he and his brother Price Harry walked behind the coffin of their mother Princess Diana - an image that sticks in the mind for many.

    Prince Harry addressed the topic in 2017, telling Newsweek: "I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

  16. Estimated queue time goes down... to eight hours

    Screengrab of the government's queue tracker which shows the estimated wait time as being 'at least eight hours' and the length as 4.4 miles (6.9km)

    Some good news for those waiting to see the Queen lying in state: the government's estimated queue time to get into Westminster Hall has gone down by an hour - though there's still a long wait.

    Anyone joining the 4.4-mile (7km) line will now have to wait for around eight hours. Earlier, it was nine.

    The UK government's queue tracker is here.

  17. Mourners describe emotions at entering Westminster Hall

    Laura Gozzi

    BBC Live reporter

    Graphic from Westminster Hall

    We've taken you on a journey along the length of the queue today. Those who finally saw the Queen lying in state after hours of waiting and then a stringent security check have described the emotions they felt.

    Mother and daughter Charlotte Baker and Amy Stitt, from Leicester and Leeds, were in tears afterwards.

    “It’s the most beautiful hall," they said. "When you go in you’re filled with awe. The ceilings are beautiful, the soldiers’ uniforms… I don’t think there’s a more British sight."

    They came to London last night and queued for five hours to pay their respects.

    Another couple, Wendy and Bill Crook, travelled from Christchurch in Dorset.

    Asked if the hours-long wait to see the Queen's coffin was worth it, they say: "Absolutely.

    "If we'd listened to the news we wouldn't have come. We were put off a bit. We heard things about 20-hour queues, 10 miles long. I'm so glad we didn't listen!"

    "Tell people to come," they say. "There'll never be another moment like this."

    Amy Stitt and her mother Charlotte Baker wipe tears from their eyes
    Image caption: Amy Stitt and her mother Charlotte Baker found their visit to Westminster Hall emotional
  18. Three hours between London and Lambeth bridges

    Laura Gozzi

    BBC Live reporter

    Graphic showing Lambeth Bridge

    Met Police boats whizz by under Lambeth Bridge, where the queue moves at pace as it approaches its final section - the riverside gardens at Millbank.

    From here, you can see the queue lining the embankment right opposite, snaking around the bend towards St Thomas’ Hospital, past several buildings flying flags at half mast.

    The queue moves relatively quickly, although security personnel say that even at this pace it will take another couple of hours for people to get to the end. Many say it’s taken them just over three hours to get here from London Bridge.

    On the embankment leading to Westminster Square, a jogger ducks to avoid the TV cameras. Westminster workers in suits eat their sandwiches sat on bollards under the trees. Tourists take selfies with Big Ben.

    Members of the public in the queue on Lambeth Bridge, London
  19. 'Canadians feel they have lost a family member' - Trudeau

    Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses MPs in Ottawa on the death of Queen Elizabeth II
    Image caption: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said the Queen had a "profound appreciation for our culture"

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told MPs in Ottawa that the Queen "embraced her role" as Canada's monarch, adding that she felt at home in the country.

    Canadians "feel like they have lost a family member who grew up alongside us," he said.

    "The Queen had a profound appreciation for our culture.

    "In 1964, she said that she was happy to know that there existed in our Commonwealth a place where it was expected of her that she would speak officially in French. It's a language that she loved a lot and that she spoke impeccably well."

    Trudeau also spoke highly of King Charles III as he begins his reign as monarch.

    He saluted the new King's "commitment to the larger sweep of history", saying his most recent tour focused on "the generational work necessary to achieve reconciliation and fight climate change."

  20. Plenty of litter pickers keep Thames path tidy

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC Live reporter

    Graphic showing the route of the queue through London to see Elizabeth II lying in state

    Passing St Paul’s Cathedral and Blackfriars Bridge, there are more and more checks for wristbands.

    Underneath Waterloo Bridge, more obvious gaps appear in this huge line.

    Poignantly, the BFI Southbank is displaying archive footage of Queen Elizabeth II as people filter towards Westminster Hall.

    I’ve seen plenty of litter pickers helping keep the Thames path clean - and officers from Wiltshire, Lancashire and Cheshire police forces are here to help London's own Metropolitan Police.

    Dotted along the queue and standing wearing high-vis jackets are some chaplains, here to provide some reassurance as they feel the Queen’s death really resonates with people who have lost someone or who struggled during the pandemic.

    Many people here are expressing their gratitude, sharing so many positive stories and connecting with one another as they wait patiently.

    One woman, who didn’t want to give her name, said she was not a huge fan of the royals until she watched The Crown series on Netflix. Now she feels compelled to pay her respects.

    A member of the public gets a wristband as he queues to pay his respects to the Queen