Lincoln man waits for hours to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II in London

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – One Lincoln man got the opportunity to say a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II.

Christopher Frankland, a London native who lives in Lincoln, stood in line for several hours to see the long-reigning monarch one last time.

She is currently lying in state at Westminster Hall, and her coffin will stay there until Monday, the day of the queen’s funeral.

Channel 8 spoke with Frankland late Wednesday night (early Thursday morning for Londoners).

He said he had already been in line for six hours and still had around two hours to go.

Frankland told Channel 8 why he decided to bear the lines for what he called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“Just kind of a chance to pay respects to somebody who was part of my life, all of my life,” Frankland said.  “Just come out and be a part of this occasion and have something to tell the kids.”

He said that when he reached the front of the line, he would only have about 30 seconds to pay his respects.

Some mourners waited over nine hours to walk past the queen’s coffin on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

But local authorities provided portable toilets and other facilities to ease the pain of those waiting.

Frankland had already been in London when news of the queen’s death swept global headlines.

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