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Despite the Left’s sneers the queuers represent the vast majority of us – royal fans proud of their country

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Thank queue, Your Majesty

CONTRARY to the belief popular abroad, Brits don’t “love” to queue.

Ordinarily we just accept it as a fact of life.

Mourners file past the Queen's coffin to pay their respects to our longest serving monarch

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Mourners file past the Queen’s coffin to pay their respects to our longest serving monarchCredit: Hyde News & Pictures
Queues to visit the Queen lying in state stretch for miles along the Thames

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Queues to visit the Queen lying in state stretch for miles along the ThamesCredit: Reuters
The queue — that ­triumph of Britishness over brutishness

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The queue — that ­triumph of Britishness over brutishnessCredit: Rex

Ours is a nation with a heightened sense of fair play.

When demand for a product or service exceeds supply, an orderly, well-observed queue seems to us not just natural and inevitable but the only decent and proper course.

What’s the alternative? A scrum? ­Priority for the pushiest? No thanks.

Which brings us to The Queue — that ­triumph of Britishness over brutishness.

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We have written before how well this “Elizabeth Line” to see Her Majesty lying in state reflects our modern country, with mourners of all races, creeds and ages . . . even teens not supposedly keen on hereditary monarchies.

Look too at the diversity of backgrounds.

There in line yesterday was David Beckham alongside folk from every job imaginable — including veterans, sporting war medals, there to ­honour their fallen commander in chief.

Now, normally a 24-hour queue would indicate official incompetence sufficient to raise even a British eyebrow — or drive some yet ­further, perhaps into full-blown annoyance. Far from it here.

The round-the-clock marshalling of this huge crowd has been a masterpiece.

We congratulate the civil service, the Army, police, fire brigade, stewards and paramedics.

With the world watching, they have performed admirably.

In the good-natured and civilised environment which has resulted, friendships are being made in an instant by people who would never dare strike up a random conversation on the Tube.

Despite the sneering from the Left, these queuers represent the vast majority of us.

They are Royal fans, proud of their country, determined and united for a few hours in a common endeavour.

For 70 years the Queen provided us all with stability in a turbulent world.

Until now there was little or no opportunity to thank her.

Thousands are craving a few solemn, tranquil, unforgettable moments to do just that in Westminster Hall.

Queue? What queue?

For such a profound and poignant experience they will wait as long as it takes.

Cops’ courage

OUR cops get a lot of stick.

But we salute the pair slashed by a maniac in London.

We salute the pair of police officers who were slashed by a maniac in London

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We salute the pair of police officers who were slashed by a maniac in London
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Each day beat bobbies face huge ­dangers ­protecting the public.

These two acted with true courage.

We pray they fully recover.





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