Mourners claim they were ‘lied’ to after being turned away from Queen’s coffin

Hundreds of mourners have been left in tears after being unable to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II had been lying in state since last Wednesday (September 14), as the British public have travelled en masse to come and pay their respects to the longest-serving monarch in British history.

With thousands of mourners travelling to Westminster Hall, queues had exceeded five miles in length with some waiting to pay their respects for 24 hours.

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The monarch died 11 days ago at the age of 96, and her state funeral today (Monday, September 19) will be the first of its kind since her father King George VI in 1952.

But some were left angry when the queue for the momentous occasion finally closed in the early hours of this morning.

One bloke, called Albert, joined the queue at 10pm last night (September 18) and complained to local officials that he felt he had been “lied” to.

He told the Independent: “The communication has been terrible.

“There were loads of people who joined the official queue based on the website, but never received wristbands.”

“And in the queue they didn’t give us any information – just to be disrespectful to us when we got here (Lambeth Bridge) in the end.“

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And one woman was unable to pay her respects after going the wrong way.

She told Sky News just minutes after the queue closed overnight, she said: “We went the wrong way, so if we didn't go the wrong way we probably would have made it on time.

“We went across the bridge rather than straight over – it's a shame.”

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When asked how long she had been waiting, she added: “About two hours – it's frustrating."

The funeral proceedings, which begin at around 11am today, has seen most of those who spent hours in the queue take to the streets around Westminster to pay more respects as the Queen's coffin is taken to Westminster Abbey.

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