Britain’s Long Goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II

[Intro music dings]

[people chattering]

That’s a sign you’re never gonna see again, is it, really?

[people chattering]

[Person 1] Good morning.

[Person 2] Morning.

[Person 3] Morning.

[Person 4] Good morning.

[Security Guard] People in the queue,

show your wristbands once, please.

Please just have them out and visible,

ready for my colleagues here at the checkpoint behind me.

Thank you. Thank you.

Good morning. Good morning.

[people chattering]

How long have you been waiting?

Nine hours?

Half past five we got here this morning.

I’m so grateful seeing all the people,

because everybody’s so friendly.

From Italy, from Spain, you know,

they’re all talking to us in the queue.

It’s just amazing.

Everybody’s so friendly.

[Employee] Thank you.


Thank you.

Champions are coming!

Please, give them a medal!


They are winning!

Look at that man.

He’s dressed so well.

He walks so well.

Give him a medal!

Give him a medal!

[Spectator 1] My cleaner popped her head

out the bathroom and went, Queen dead. Facebook.

And then started hoovering.

I was, like, You can leave early, it’s fine,

don’t worry about it.

[Spectator 2] I left the Royal Navy in February last year.

And that’s why I’m here today.

To pay my respects to what we call the Boss.

[people chattering]

[Spectator 3] I just finished a 12-hour night shift

and came straight from my shift to come and queue.

So I’m a little bit tired, but it’s worth it.

[Spectator 4] So you didn’t sleep at all?

[Spectator 3] No, no.


[Spectator 5] It’s not just the queue.

Some of us have come a long distance.

I’ve drove for four hours to join the queue.

So it’s a very long day, but it’s gonna be well worth it

because I came for the Queen Mother as well.

I did the lying in state for that.

[people chattering]

[Spectator 6] We are experts at it.

We are total experts at it.

You know, we get an A for queuing.


[Spectator 7] British people love to queue.

[people chattering]

[Spectator 8] We have have been queuing since midnight.

We’re now so tired.

I’m a little bit disorientated.


[people chattering]

[Spectator 9] Five hours here, and then two hours there?

So that’s seven hours.

[Spectator 10] We started early too.

That’s okay.

At least they keep giving you water along the way

although they could do with more toilets.

[people chattering]

Yeah? One hour?

Yeah, one hour.

Okay, just checking.

Say hello to the baby.

Who do you have to pay to queue jump?

That’s a joke.

[people chattering]

[Spectator 11] Queue’s moving.

[loud banging]

[people chattering]

[person laughing]

[Spectator 12] Have we had fun?

[Child 1] Yeah.

[Spectator 13] What have we been doing?

[Child 1] I’ve been doing gymnastics.

And we’ve been playing games.

And I can’t wait to see the Queen.

I’m not schlepping her around on the train.

And I know that you probably do that with your kids

because you live in the city.

It’s hard, isn’t it?

Yeah, it’s a little bit.

[Child 2] I’ve been waiting for five hours.


It’s been a bit tiring.

[Child 3] Really tiring.

I’ve been waiting in the queue for so long.

I just want to get out of the queue.


[Spectator 14] But you’ve had your snacks, haven’t you?

[Child 3] Yeah, so we’re fine.

As long as we have food, we’re fine.

[people chattering]

[Spectator 15] A little while back there

somebody told us five hours.

[Spectator 16] We’ve got so much food, though.

[Spectator 15] That’s right.

We’ve got to give it away because we came prepared

for twenty hours.


[Spectator 16] We’ve a rucksack full of food

and we’re going to have to share it with the back.


[people chattering]

[Spectator 17] Hello.

[all exclaiming]

[Spectator 18] Well, I think she deserves it.

She’s done a great job.

And she’s touched everybody’s hearts.

It’s like losing your arm, really.


So, yep.

Come to pay your respects.

[people applauding]

[applause continues]

[boots stomping]

[Spectator 19] It’s enriching for us

and comforting, I think.

[Spectator 20] Yeah.

[Spectator 19] Just part of the day, you know?

[Spectator 20] It’s something that you’ve got to do.

You know, if you don’t do it then you’re going to

regret it for the rest of your life.

[Spectator 21] When a king or queen dies,

you have certain ceremonies to be carried out.

So this is not strange at all.

A queen of the world.

That’s what I’ll call her.

[Spectator 22] I’m going to pay respect to a woman

who cannot be replaced by anyone.

She made lot of sacrifices, but she had a good life though.

You know what I mean?

She wasn’t too deprived, was she?



[people chattering]

[Spectator 23] I think sort of the least

we can do, really.

After 70 years of service, I think it’s something that just

feels right to do in response,

and in a way to thank her for all those years

of service to us.

[Spectator 24] Thank you. God bless you.

[Spectator 25] God bless you. Thanks.

[people chattering]

♪ Happy birthday to you ♪

♪ Happy birthday, dear Flo ♪

♪ Happy birthday to you ♪


[Child 4] Well, yesterday it was my birthday,

and then we came down here.


We’ve got around four hours left to queue

until we see the Queen’s coffin.

[Spectator 26] 10 hours, 11 hours?



We haven’t slept for probably a day and a bit.

[Worker] Rhubarb and pasta!

Pie and mash and jellied eels!

Fresh crab on oysters!

You all look dead!


And let me guess what.

The queue’s that way.


They sent you the wrong way!

[Spectator 27] I’m not gonna lie and say

all of it’s been hunky dory, because it hasn’t, you know?

We waited, and we stood in the same spot

for, like, two hours, wondering how come

we haven’t moved a little bit.

I’m not complaining here.

[Spectator 28] The queue doesn’t really

make any difference.

I’ve queued all night to get here.

[Spectator 29] Because it’s the Queen.

It’s, you know, she’s incredibly important,

and it’s just a huge, huge deal.

So of course we’re going to come.

♪ I’ll fly away ♪

♪ To a place on God’s celestial shore ♪

♪ I’ll fly away ♪

♪ I’ll fly away, oh glory, ♪

♪ I’ll fly away ♪

♪ When I die, Hallelujah, by and by ♪

♪ I’ll fly away ♪

[people chattering]

[string music playing faintly]

[Worker] Bacon, sausage, beans, and chips.

Rhubarb, steak, and chips!

[imitating violin]

[string music continues]

[worker imitating violin]

[string music continues]

I’m gonna go buy meself an H&B later, mate.

[imitating violin]

What’s this world come to, eh?

Everyone’s a paddy weight.

Everyone’s a paddy.


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