Man ‘tackled to the floor’ in incident near Queen’s coffin


LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, ahead of her funeral on Monday, on September 16, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public are able to pay respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 23 hours a day until 06:30 on September 19, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The disturbance took place mere hours after members of the Royal Family had been stood in the Hall (Picture: WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A man has been arrested after he appeared to ‘rush’ towards the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

Footage streamed from within the building, where the late monarch is lying-in-state, paused around 10pm.

When it re-started, it was noted that the Royal Standard flag draping the coffin had been moved.

The man was reportedly ‘taken to the floor’ and removed from the hall as shocked bystanders watched on.

MailOnline reports that an individual had ‘pushed mourners out of the way’ and ‘tried to lift standard on the Queen’s coffin’.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Around 10pm on Friday September 16, officers from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command detained a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance. 

‘He was arrested for an offence under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.’

The force has been contacted by Metro.co.uk for additional information.

King Charles III, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex arrive to hold a vigil beside the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London. Picture date: Friday September 16, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story DEATH Queen. Photo credit should read: Jack Hill/The Times/PA Wire

Just hours earlier, King Charles had led the Vigil of the Princes ceremony (Picture: PA)

Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London, ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Friday September 16, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story DEATH Queen. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Thousands will pass through the doors of Westminster Hall overnight to pay final respects (Picture: PA)

Mere hours before the disturbance took place, King Charles had led his siblings in tonight’s Vigil of the Princes ceremony.

Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward joined the new monarch for the historic event.

Other members of the royal family, including the Queen Consort, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Countess of Wessex, along with some of the Queen’s grandchildren, had watched on.

Despite tonight’s security incident, Westminster Hall remains open overnight.

Thousands of people are still lining up, despite the cold, to see the Queen’s coffin ahead of her funeral on Monday.

Currently, the waiting times stands at 19.5 hours.

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