Man arrested after rushing towards the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall

A man is in police custody after he moved out of the queue of mourners and approached the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday night.

The man was quickly brought down by the police in the hall.

Metropolitan Police said the incident occurred around 10pm, as the live feed from inside the hall cut away for a brief period.

A statement from Scotland Yard said: “Around 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.”

A spokesperson for UK parliament offered more detail of the man’s actions, saying in a statement: “We’re aware of an incident in Westminster Hall, in which a member of the public moved out of the queue and towards the Catafalque.

“They have now been removed from the Hall and the queue restarted with minimal disruption.”

The incident happened hours after King Charles and his siblings mounted a vigil around their mother's coffin.

Silent, motionless and with their heads bowed, the King and his siblings – the Princess Royal, Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – paid tribute to their mother.

In military uniforms and with their hands clasped in front, the grieving siblings stood for just over 10 minutes as mourners continued to file past the coffin of the Queen, which is Lying-in-State until the late monarch's funeral on Monday.

Watching the vigil were members of the royal family including the Queen Consort, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, four of the Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips – and members of the wider royal family.

The number of grieving mourners wanting to view the Queen’s coffin and say their goodbyes has pushed the waiting time in the huge queue up towards 24 hours.


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