The British hate standing in queues as a lot as anybody else, however they’re recognized for his or her talent at forming completely orderly queues, their delight at seeing one and their tutting and sighing when somebody is attempting to chop the road.
This week their talent is put into good apply as they’re standing within the final queue. It has already been dubbed The Queue or the Elizabeth Line. Brits are standing in it to get the prospect to pay respects to their late monarch Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state within the Palace of Westminster earlier than her funeral.
On the time of writing this text, The Queue was about 5 miles lengthy earlier than it bought paused. Earlier than being paused, the tracker estimated that individuals must anticipate 14 hours to have the ability to get contained in the Palace the place the coffin is. It’s fairly loopy, however that doesn’t cease devoted and mourning Brits from becoming a member of The Queue. Or coming to simply take a look at it and admire it.
Folks on-line had been fast to mock the hilarity and absurdity of it, but additionally the sweetness and the Britishness of it. Apparently, there may be nothing extra quintessential for a Brit than standing in a queue and the world is pleased with them, but it surely wants to tug their leg as properly.
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