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Family So many people went to see the Queen's body the floor around coffin was damaged

16:42  29 november  2022
16:42  29 november  2022 Source:   metro.co.uk

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More than 250,000 people walked across the floor to pay their respects to the Queen (Picture: Shutterstock) © Provided by Metro More than 250,000 people walked across the floor to pay their respects to the Queen (Picture: Shutterstock)

Westminster Hall’s historic floor was partly damaged when 250,000 people went to see the Queen lying-in-state.

Some of the 180-year-old Yorkstone paving has been left exposed by the intense footfall of mourners paying their respects.

The House of Lords said the bare stone will blend in with the surrounding areas over time, confirming it ‘does not present a structural risk’.

A thick beige carpet was glued down to try and protect the stone, but it does not appear to have been totally effective.

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Westminster Hall was saved after a devastating fire broke out in the Palace of Westminster in 1834.

Restorations to Westminster Hall had been taking place from the 1740s. The original Palace of Westminster dates from 900 years ago.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was placed in the historic room for four days to let the public say their final goodbyes.

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Incredible scenes took place over those days with lines of people stretching through central London in what became dubbed The Queue.

Many Brits had to wait more than 24 hours and, eventually, the Government had to warn people to stay away to avoid disappointment.

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The Queue was seen as a symbol for the mood of the country as it came to terms with the Queen’s death.

People generally came together to mark the occasion, with families sharing snacks and strangers becoming close friends after spending hours waiting together.

Brits even gathered to help Royal gardeners take the plastic off the sea of flowers left for the Queen at Green Park.

These are just some of the moving scenes that happened in the 10 days after the Queen’s death on September 8.

She was eventually laid to rest alongside Prince Philip on September 19, after a historic funeral at Westminster Abbey.

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