LONDON (AP) - Thousands of people spent London’s coldest night in months huddled in line to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, and authorities warned Saturday that arriving mourners face a 16-hour wait.Police arrested a man after what the force described as a "disturbance" Friday night in Parliament’s Westminster Hall, where the queen’s coffin is lying in state, draped in her Royal Standard and capped with a diamond-studded crown.Parliamentary authorities said someone got out of the queue and tried to approach the coffin on its platform. The Metropolitan Police force said a man was detained for a suspected public-order offense.RELATED: Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral predicted to be most-watched event in TV historyThe tide of people wanting to say goodbye to the queen has grown steadily since the public was first admitted to the hall on Wednesday.
On Friday, authorities temporary halted letting more visitors join the end of the line, which snakes around Southwark Park some 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Parliament.LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at Overnight, volunteers distributed blankets and cups of tea to people in line as the temperature fell to 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit). Despite the weather, mourners described the warmth of a shared experience."It was cold overnight, but we had wonderful companions, met new friends.
The camaraderie was wonderful,″ Chris Harman of London said. "It was worth it.
I would do it again and again and again. I would walk to the end of the earth for my queen."RELAT
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