Sadiq Khan thanks ‘hundreds of thousands’ of mourners for paying respects to Queen Elizabeth II

Huge crowds have flocked to London in recent days to pay their respects to the late monarch

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Sadiq Khan has thanked the “hundreds of thousands” of mourners for paying their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Thousands of people queued for miles to file through Queen Elizabeth II’s Lying-In-State at Westminster Hall.

Many of those queued for more than 12 hours, including football legend David Beckham.

While crowds flocked to London for the late monarch’s state funeral on Monday, lining the streets to pay their final tributes.

Sadiq Khan
Sadiq Khan
Mourners have flocked to London in recent days to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II
Mourners have flocked to London in recent days to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II

Speaking after the events, London Mayor Mr Khan thanked those who came to visit London, while also hailing everyone who made it possible.

Mr Khan said on Twitter: “I want to thank the hundreds of thousands who came to London today and in the past week to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen.

“Countless police officers, emergency service staff, transport workers, volunteers, stewards, military, civil servants, local government, businesses, charities and other agencies have worked tirelessly to make this possible in our city.

“My sincerest thanks to everyone involved.”

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, Mr Khan said: “The nation and the world mourns today in recognition of the extraordinary service of our Queen – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“She served for 70 years with unrivalled grace, dignity and purpose.

“Throughout a period of unprecedented transformation, she was a source of great stability, inspiring hope during the most testing of times and exemplifying the best of what it means to be British.

“I’m proud to have served as Mayor of London while Queen Elizabeth II was our monarch. I know Londoners, and people across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, are immensely proud and grateful for what she achieved for us all over so many years.

“I offer my condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time.