Among the crowds streaming quietly out of Westminster Hall, the Campbell family walked closely together after a long day. They had arrived from Liverpool on an early-morning train Thursday to pay a final visit to the queen, with their two children missing school.
“The teachers said they would be allowed to miss a day because of the significance of the moment,” said their mother, Amanda. “We think our children will never have another queen in their lives, and for me as a mom I wanted them to come to experience this.”
“It was very busy but very quiet,” said Amanda’s husband, Paul. “London is a bit like New York with the hustle and bustle, and you have to watch yourself walking down the street. But today was different, everyone was respectful. It was solemn but it also felt like a celebration.”
Ms. Campbell said the family was allowed to use a special access line for people with disabilities since their daughter is registered as blind, but they still had to wait for three hours and were told to get lunch and come back before they were allowed into the hall.
“In the line, we saw strangers talking, bonding. There was a gentleman near us who made friends with a lady, and they decided to spend the day together after leaving the hall,” Amanda said.
Once inside the hall, the Campbells felt lucky to witness the synchronized choreography of the changing of the guards keeping vigil. They all agreed it was a powerful moment. “I shed tears,” Amanda said.
The slow-moving line was occasionally asked to stop to make room for cars leaving a side entrance to the hall. Despite the hours spent waiting to get in, some lingered outside before heading home.
Jayshree Patel and her husband, Mohan, stood for a moment to collect their thoughts before they headed to the tube station nearby. They said they felt “amazing,” despite the solemnity of the occasion.
“It was a sad day, but we were excited to be there to pay our respects,” Ms. Patel said. The London residents had joined the line just after 11 a.m. and said their seven-hour wait was worth it.
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