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Man arrested in Westminster Hall after rushing toward Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

Mayhem erupted at Westminster Hall Friday night when a man was arrested after allegedly rushing toward Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as the late monarch lay in state.

The shocking scene played out around 10 p.m. in front of dozens of horrified witnesses who waited in line for the better part of day to pay their respects to Elizabeth.

The suspect had darted out of the line and climbed up the steps to the catafalque and touched the coffin before he was taken into custody by Metropolitan Police, The Guardian reported.

Screenshots from the broadcast of the solemn ceremony show security officers pinning the suspect to the ground as other mourners look on in disbelief.

“Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance,” Scotland Yard reportedly said.

He was “arrested for an offence [sic] under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody,” the statement reportedly continued.

The disruption happened on the second day the public was invited to pass in front of the queen’s coffin. 

Mourners had been on line for about 12 hours at the time of the disturbance, which came just hours after King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward reportedly stood vigil at the side of the coffin.


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Earlier Friday, a man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two women who were waiting on the long line to see the queen’s coffin.

Police presence had been ramped up around London as large crowds gathered to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth, who died last week at the age of 96. A record $7.5 million had been spent on shoring up security for her Monday funeral at Westminster Abbey, The Post learned.

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