King Charles and siblings hold vigil by the Queen's coffin in Westminster Hall

The King and his siblings hold a silent vigil around the Queen's coffin as the public quietly files past - Emma Murphy reports

King Charles III and his siblings were applauded by members of the public after holding a silent vigil beside the coffin of their mother at Westminster Hall on Friday evening.

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward had their heads bowed throughout as they took their places around the Queen's casket at around 7.50pm.

Mourners continued to file past them as they paid respect to Britain's longest reigning monarch, who is Lying in State in the Palace of Westminster.

"It was quite incredible and an amazing experience and all the royal family were there so I felt very lucky," one member of the queue said.

The 15 minute ceremony, watched by a number of Royal Family members from the sidelines, saw Prince Andrew wearing his military uniform, despite being stripped of his titles earlier this year.

This evening eight of the Queen's grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, will stand vigil around the Queen's coffin.

After stepping down as a working member of the Royal Family in 2020, the Duke of Sussex rescinded the right to wear his military uniform at ceremonies.

The Afghanistan veteran has worn a morning suit for all events during the national period of mourning, although he was still able to have his medals on display.

But at the King's request, both Harry and his brother will be dressed in full uniform for tonight's vigil, standing at the foot and head of the coffin, respectively.

People in the queue react to seeing the King's vigil in Westminster Hall

It comes as final preparations are under way for the funeral on Monday, with politicians and royal dignitaries from around the world expected to arrive throughout the weekend. Today, Prime Minster Liz Truss will meet the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand – Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern – at the Government’s Chevening country residence, a No 10 spokesperson said. The King will also meet chiefs of staff at Buckingham Palace on Saturday and visit police headquarters to thank the emergency services for their work in planning the funeral.

The King was met by cheering crowds as he approached Llandaff Cathedral

On Sunday, Ms Truss will meet Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau, Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Joe Biden at Downing Street.

She will have an audience with the King before attending his reception for visiting heads of state at Buckingham Palace on Sunday. Charles concluded his tour of the home nations on Friday, starting his day with a visit to Wales, after trips to Northern Ireland and Scotland in recent days. Meanwhile, thousands of people continue to queue to see the Queen’s coffin laying in state, with some facing more than a day in line.

One of those waiting in the queue was David Beckham, who has joined thousands of mourners queuing to see the Queen Lying in State.

Fans excitedly shared their images of the football star on social media as he waited for more than 10 hours to pay his respects in the queue to Westminster Hall.

"I was so lucky I was able to have a few moments in my life to be around Her Majesty," he told ITV News.

"A sad day but it's a day to remember the incredible legacy she left."

As of 5am on Saturday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s lying in state queue tracker said lines were expected to last for “at least 24 hours”, after stretching out to 25 hours earlier in the morning.

On Friday the DCMS said entry to the queue had been halted for at least six hours as it had reached capacity, encouraging people to try joining at a later time.

Watch ITV News' continuous live coverage of mourners queuing to pay their respects to the Queen Lying in State in Westminster Hall

Queuing times were lasting as long as a full day and overnight temperatures will be cold, the government's official queue tracker has warned.Later into Friday evening, the queue wait time time had reduced to just over 19 hours. The queue stretched back for nearly five miles all the way to Southwark Park.

The queue to reach the Queen’s coffin was almost five miles long when it was paused on Friday morning, tailing back from Westminster all the way to Southwark Park.

Gates to the park were closed around midday, but a crowd of people formed around the entrance begging to be let in.

Those who did make it to Westminster Hall were briefly shocked on Friday night when a man was arrested after moving out of the queue to approach the Queen’s coffin. 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.”

David Beckham speaks to ITV News Neil Connery in the queue

On Thursday, more details were revealed about the Queen’s funeral, which will see 2,000 people, including world leaders and foreign royals, gather at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Recipients of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross and representatives of the Westminster Parliament, devolved parliaments and assemblies, the Church, and Her Majesty’s patronages are among those who will also attend.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, with Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth secretary general Baroness Scotland reading the lessons, and the Archbishop of Canterbury delivering the sermon.

Some 800 people, including members of the Queen’s Household and Windsor estate staff, will attend the committal service afterwards at 4pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Palace confirmed the Queen will be interred with the Duke of Edinburgh in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel in a private service at 7.30pm.

The Prince and Princess of Wales in Surrey. Credit: ITV News Meridian
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