I am not a royalist (I had a lot of respect for HM QEII but not the institution itself)
I surprised myself wanting to go (I didn't get caught in Diana hype / other royals)
But my partner died in March & my Mother in May.
Neither had funerals so I am aware that this is part of the reason I went - I am also very much 'saying goodbye' to them by partaking in the funeral rites of the Queen (& that's okay I think - as I'm aware of it & if it maybe helps me to move on).
I am (ambulant) disabled & thought I'd post to encourage anyone else disabled who wants to go but is put off by the publicity re the length of the queue.
I'd given up hope & was trying to get across to the station when I asked a copper which roads were still closed. He told me to go along to a disabled 'help hub'
(part way along the queue) where I was given a green wristband & I then had the choice to join the remaining queue for the last 2 hours or wait for a taxi which was ferrying folk up as & when Police allowed. I couldn't walk at all any more so I waited. After about 90m I joined some others in a taxi which took us up to the security clearance area (strict).
Then it was about 10mins until we were inside St Giles Cathedral (no pics at all)
It was slightly surreal. Some people were crying, most just quietly shuffled past (some nodded, some did a 'bob') I am glad I went. I met friendly strangers who also talked about their personal losses as well as HMQEII which helped me too.
I cannot move today & am on max painkiller dose but I think I'm glad I went.
I just viewed the Queen's coffin lying in state
54isanopendoor · 13/09/2022 10:51
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