Devotion to duty from King and country at vigil for Queen Elizabeth

They face a 24-hour wait to pay their respects, but still they keep on coming. Undaunted, uncomplaining and dressed for duty, Queen Elizabeth II’s people vowed to do her

proud in a slow, shuffling procession to see her coffin lying in state. At one point, in scenes that would delight observers of British eccentricity, there was a queue for

the queue to get in the queue. And by the evening, at 7.45pm, the patience of a lucky few was repaid in the most spectacular fashion, as they entered Westminster Hall to

find themselves joining the King and his family. There, amidst hundreds of members of the public who happened to be walking at the same time, the King, Princess Royal, Duke

of York and Earl of Wessex stood in silent tribute to their mother. To begin with, their entrance had seemed no different to the regular change of vigils now running 23

hours a day. The clip of their polished boots down stone steps had the ring of military discipline, their uniforms gleaming. Members of the public, dressed variously

in anything from formal black mourning clothes to T-shirts and anoraks, paused and bowed their heads to let them through to take position at four sides of the Queen's

coffin. As the extended Royal family, including the small Tindall and Phillips daughters, watched from a platform, the four siblings clasped their hands and lowered their

eyes for their 15 minutes of duty to their mother. The King blinked, as if remembering his personal loss all over again in the midst of a testing 10-day schedule of his

own.