The man climbed the steps where the coffin was installed and managed to touch it before he was arrested. A scene that shocked the British.
The calm surrounding the Queen’s coffin has been shattered at the Palace of Westminster. On Friday evening, a man managed to get past the security line around the catafalque, climb the four steps leading to the oak coffin where Elizabeth II rests, and touch it, according to reports. Guardian. The man was immediately rounded up by the security forces and arrested.
“The Parliamentary and Diplomatic Security Command has arrested a man at Westminster Hall following a disturbance. He has been remanded in custody,” said Scotland Yard, the police force in London.
The event took place at around 10pm local time (11pm in France) as thousands of Britons queued for seconds in front of the Queen’s coffin. Their retreat was broadcast live on English channels, but a rapid incursion temporarily interrupted the broadcast.
“This is unbelievable, appalling and completely disrespectful,” it said News Sky A woman stands in line with her 7-year-old niece. He says the man was chased by the little girl as he rushed towards the catafalque.
Since Wednesday, tens of thousands of Britons have marched to pay their last respects to their queen as she lies in Parliament’s oldest chamber, Westminster Hall. After the funeral procession, Elizabeth II will be buried in private next to her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday.