Spirits high among those waiting to see the Queen lying in state

Despite the sombre occasion, there was something of a carnival air among those waiting to see the Queen lying in state in London

Early birds who staked out a prime spot on Tuesday afternoon have now spent almost 24 hours on the banks of the Thames

After a dreary start, the sun came out in the afternoon, providing an invaluable boost to morale

While there was a universal feeling of wanting to pay one’s last respects to the Queen for 70 years of service

People clapped and cheered as regiments from the Royal Air Force and the Navy drafted in to help with crowd control filed past

Chloe said she was “excited but also tired” and said she would look for her name in press clippings once the day was done