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Queen Elizabeth II: Man arrested after rushing Queen’s coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall

A man has been arrested after rushing the Queen’s coffin as it lies in state at Westminster Hall in London.

Security tackled the man to the ground as he tried to rip away the flag covering the coffin, with the incident unfolding in front of shocked mourners who had waited hours for a chance to see the queen.

Live streams from Westminster Hall, which are on a 30 second delay, were cut for about 15 minutes around 10pm local time as security guards pinned the man to the ground.

The man pushed mourners aside as he rushed towards the coffin, trying to rip away the royal standard.
Camera IconThe man pushed mourners aside as he rushed towards the coffin, trying to rip away the royal standard. Credit: BBC/supplied

Witness, Tracey Holland, told Sky News: “Some person decided they were going to push my (seven-year-old niece) out the way, run up to the coffin, lift up the standard and try to do I don’t know what.

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“She was grabbed out the way and the police had him within two seconds.

“Terrible, absolutely terrible, so disrespectful and unbelievable — and this poor little seven-year-old child, this is her lasting memory of the Queen.”

It is understood the man ran at the catafalque — the raised platform holding the coffin — and tried to lift the royal standard and put his hands on the royal casket.

The incident happened just hours after King Charles and his siblings stood vigil alongside the casket.

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