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Steven Smith

King Charles and Prince William surprise people waiting to see Queen's coffin

The King and the Prince of Wales have been greeting mourners in the queue for the Queen's lying in state. Hundreds of people in line at Lambeth, south London, cheered and applauded as Charles and William emerged at lunchtime.

Many took photographs and pressed against the metal barriers, eager to exchange a word with the King and the heir to the throne as they shook hands with those closest. Several also shouted "God Save the King" and "God Save the Prince of Wales" as each passed by.

Hundreds of passers-by have lined the pavements in Lambeth, towards Westminster Bridge, to watch the King and the Prince of Wales greeting mourners in the queue. One lady offered Charles condolences as he shook her hand, and another shouted: "I can't believe this."

Dozens shouted "hip hip hooray" as Charles and William moved down the line, stopping for a few moments with each person. Several people called their friends and relatives on the phone to tell them what they had just witnessed.

The Prince of Wales thanked people for waiting in line for many hours as he shook hands with mourners. Several people cried after meeting him, and one woman told him: "You'll be a brilliant king one day". Charles left before William, both of them in cars surrounded by police vehicles.

King Charles III meets members of the public in the queue along the South Bank, near to Lambeth Bridge, London, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)
King Charles III meets members of the public in the queue along the South Bank, near to Lambeth Bridge, London, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)
King Charles III meets members of the public in the queue along the South Bank (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Earlier, The King thanked emergency service staff for their work during the mourning period and ahead of the Queen's funeral on Monday. Charles met London's Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley and was briefed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors and Commander Karen Findlay, who are leading police operations around London ahead of and during the funeral of the Queen.

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public in the queue along the South Bank, near to Lambeth Bridge (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Home Secretary Suella Braverman and mayor of London Sadiq Khan were also present. During the visit on Saturday in Lambeth, south London, he also met police staff, who he thanked for their planning and delivery of policing in the days leading up to his mother's funeral, as well as workers at London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and the Army.

The funeral is expected to be "the largest international event that the UK has hosted in decades, possibly ever", according to sources.

To pay your own tribute to Queen Elizabeth, click here.

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