Controversy this morning: Who queued to see the Queen’s coffin and who didn’t?
Controversy this morning: Who queued to see the Queen’s coffin and who didn’t?

Controversy this morning: Who queued to see the Queen’s coffin and who didn’t?

This morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield insisted they would “never jump the queue” as they tackled their controversial visit to see the Queen lie in state.

The pair were accused of ‘queue jumping’ on social media after appearing in Westminster Hall on Friday without attending the public line.

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Some media and MPs were able to bypass the queue and access Westminster Hall during the roughly four days in state.

MPs are given special passes to bypass the public queue and can bring up to four guests with them – a privilege which has been criticized by members of the public as “elitist” and “unfair”.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

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But other stars joined the thousands of people who spent hours patiently waiting in line, which at one point reached a wait time of at least 24 hours.

ITV bosses later said Willoughby and Schofield were taking part in filming a segment for an upcoming show, while Willoughby insisted on Tuesday they would “never jump the queue”.

As the fallout continues, here’s a list of all the celebrities who waited their turn in the public queue:

David Beckham

David Beckham leaves Westminster Hall

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Football star David Beckham has been widely praised for waiting 13 hours in a public queue to see the Queen lie in state on Friday 16 September.

He joined fellow mourners in the official queue at 2am and got through the night on a diet of “Pringles, sherbet lemons, sandwiches, coffee and doughnuts,” he said.

The former England captain, 47, was offered the opportunity to pay his respects to the late monarch as a guest of an MP, but declined.

When asked why he decided to see the Queen’s coffin lie in state, Beckham said: “I grew up in a royalist household and I was brought up that way, so if my grandparents were here today I know they would be former. I wanted to be here.”

Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid pays tribute to the Queen on ‘Good Morning Britain’


Good morning Great BritainSusanna Reid waited seven hours to see the Queen’s coffin with her mother and her mother’s friend.

The host documented her long wait on Twitter and shared tips for others waiting in line.

“If you’re planning to queue, here’s our advice. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7hrs 20mins,” she wrote.

“Wear the most comfortable shoes you have. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in line was friendly.”

Tilda Swinton

Actress Tilda Swinton was seen among thousands of people queuing to see the Queen’s coffin

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Tilda Swinton was seen among the thousands who saw the coffin.

Oscar-winning actor – known for his roles in Doctor Strange and We need to talk about Kevin – wore black as he bowed to honor the late monarch.

Swinton was a friend and classmate of Princess Diana as the pair both attended West Heath Girls’ School in Kent.

Sharon Osbourne

Former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne was seen in line comforting other mourners

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Sharon Osbourne was seen in line comforting other mourners as they waited together.

The former X Factor judge was among the first to join the queue last Wednesday and was accompanied by a crew filming for her TalkTV series. The discussion and her co-host, JJ Anisiobi.

She said: “I love the Queen and I came for this because I’m a royalist and I love the royal family.”

James Blunt

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Singer James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley waited patiently to pay their respects to the Queen.

Responding to reports that she had joined the queue, Blunt joked on Twitter on Sunday night (September 18): “She offered to sing and now I’m being led to the front.”

Before his career as a musician, Blunt was a reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army.

He stood guard at the Queen Mother’s coffin as she lay in state in 2000. The “You’re Beautiful” singer was part of her funeral procession.

After befriending Prince Harry, Blunt attended the royal’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.

Neil Jones

Strictly dancer Neil Jones said the experience was ‘one of the most incredible moments of my life’

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Strictly Come Dancing Star Neil Jones queued for 12 hours, describing the moment he saw the Queen’s coffin lying in state as “one of the most incredible moments of my life”.

The professional dancer, 40, wrote on Instagram: “I have to say this is one of the most incredible moments of my life that I will never forget, I want to thank everyone who met yesterday while walking, thanks for the conversations, laughs. and entertainment, especially sharing the experience together.

“We had a mother and daughter pushing their son in a wheelchair and they were told many times they could skip the line and they refused every time because they wanted to go with us all.

“Your Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Thanks.”

Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes turned gay this weekend

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Dame Kelly Holmes said she felt “compelled” to queue for 11 hours to see the Queen lie in state.

Olimpica said she was offered the chance to skip the line by officials but opted to stay in line.

Speaking about her decision to queue, she told the BBC: ‘It was a remarkable day. I met so many people; people of all ages. I felt compelled to be in that line. I had to do it. I changed all my plans for the weekend.

“I didn’t mind if I had to stay there for 24 hours. I felt like it was saying goodbye to her because she was very important in my life.”

Daniel Mays

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Service line and From Star Daniel Mays said he felt “proud to be British” after queuing for 11 hours to pay his respects to the Queen.

Posting a series of photos of himself, his wife Louise Burton and their son Mylo queuing, he tweeted: ‘Eleven hours queuing to pay tribute to the Queen for her outstanding 70 years of service yesterday .

“The warmth, the affection, the conversations shared, the glorious views and the sense of community were magical to be a part of. It made me proud to be British and proud to be a Londoner.”


Huw Edwards made a subtle dig at “superstar VIPs” who would have “jumped the queue” to see the Queen lie in state.

Hosting BBC News coverage of the Queen’s funeral on Monday, the presenter said: “There were quite a few familiar faces queuing for her to lie in state at Westminster Hall.

“Of course I saw a certain David Beckham there on Friday. He was widely praised for standing in line for hours and hours, not jumping the line because he’s a superstar VIP.”

Edwards then added: “No, he stood in line for hours and that’s good for him.”

GB News Presenter Eamonn Holmes also appeared to take on his ex This morning co-stars.

When co-host Isabel Webster introduced a guest “who suffered that tail and they weren’t an insignificant age”, Holmes interrupted: “What, Holly and Phillip?”

Mel B also took a dig at the presenters as she praised Susanna Reid for queuing for hours.

Appearing on Good morning Great Britain to talk about her MBE, the former Spice Girl said: ‘I have so much respect for you.

“No queue jumping for you.”

And even pizza chain Domino’s seemed unable to crack a joke at the duo’s expense, tweeting: “Apologies to anyone waiting for their pizza, just got an order from Holly and Phil #ThisMorning.”

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