After the passage of Queen Elizabeth II Last week, the late monarch’s coffin was laid in state at Westminster Abbey this weekend so members of the public can pay their respects to beloved British royalty. Thousands upon thousands of people have descended on the English capital for the opportunity to honor Her Majesty , including David Beckham. But despite the solemnity of the occasion, things have turned scandalous thanks to the shocking actions of a rebellious mourner.
An unknown man was reportedly arrested by London police after breaking away from the crowd and climbing the catafalque on which the Queen’s coffin was placed, apparently in an attempt to touch the coffin. Naturally, the guards stationed around the funeral display were able to apprehend him and remove him from the compound, although the event still left those in the vicinity in shock.
A witness revealed his side of the story to The Guardianalleging that the errant individual “pushed[ed]They pushed their seven-year-old daughter out of the way as they “ran to the Queen’s coffin, raised the banners and [tried] do… God knows what. The witness adds that her daughter was “grabbed off the road and the police had him in two seconds.”
The woman goes on to explain that she and her daughter had been “standing in line for 15 hours” before finally entering the Abbey, only to have their experience cut short by this incident. At the time of her interview, the witness was trying to get the two back inside so they could “respectfully walk around again.”
The Queen’s coffin will lie in state until 6:30am on September 19, before Her Majesty’s funeral later that day.