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Access details for Queen Lying-in-State

the queen lying in state
the queen lying in state Image credit: somersetlive.co.uk

Details have been released for disabled people wishing to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.

Crowds are expected to queue up to 20 hours when the gates to the hall opens today, Wednesday 14, at 5pm.

A second, shorter, “special access” line for people with disabilities will trail from Tate Britain to the Houses of Parliament with step-free access.

Disabled people wishing to join the queue are permitted to bring one carer or companion to assist them.

Advice published on the GOV.UK website states: “If you go to the accessible kiosk at Tate Britain on Millbank, you will be given a timed entry slot for the Lying-in-State.

“But please note that there will be limited capacity for the accessible queue each day, so entrance is not guaranteed.”

Entrance to the accessible queue will be at the discretion of police and marshalls, those with hidden disabilities may be asked to provide evidence of their condition.

The advice adds: “Queue marshalls will actively monitor the queue to identify and consider arrangements for guests that may be experiencing difficulty.”

Please note wheelchairs will not be provided.

To join the accessible queue go to the accessible kiosk at Tate Britain on Millbank.

The accessible queue entrance is situated in Victoria Tower Gardens, approximately half a mile from the accessible kiosk.

The accessible queue is completely step-free, stewards will be along the route to guide people to the entrance.

There is a drop off point outside Tate Modern.

You will be allocated a time to enter the Lying-in-State, when it is your time you can join the accessible queue.

For information on accessible public transport in London please visit the Transport for London’s accessibility page and/ or follow TfLAcess on Twitter.

Transport for London provides a Turn-up-and-go service for passengers with mobility disabilities which provides boarding ramps, assistance moving through the station or interchange between trains as well as suggesting alternative or step-free routes.

For people with limited mobility in the general queue who are unable to manage steps please notify stewards who will escort you to a step-free route before taking you back to rejoin the main queue.

British Sign Language interpreters will be in operation for people with hearing loss wishing to join the queue

When inside the Palace of Westminster you are asked to remain silent.

You should dress appropriately for the occasion, turn off phones (or to silent mode), use litter bins provided, keep noise to the minimum and follow instructions of stewards, marshalls and police at all times.

You must not film/ photograph or use mobile devices in the security search area and the Palace of Westminster, bring or erect gazebos or tents, bring any animals (guide dogs, hearing dogs or assistant dogs are permitted), bring barbecues or fires, queue on behalf of others or ask others to queue on your behalf, leave personal items unattended in the queue.

You will exit the Palace of Westminster onto Parliament Square.