A WOMAN has described the moment she and her two daughters were pushed by a man at Westminster Hall as “he was trying to grab the Queen’s coffin”.
Louise Giltrap, 43, was in London with her two daughters, seven-year-old Darcy and 15-year-old Lexi, along with her sister and their two children to see how the Queen was doing in state.
But all three were “shaken” after a man pushed his way through them to retrieve the Queen’s coffin late Friday night.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, mum Louise said she and Darcy were in the second row as they walked down the steps to the Queen’s coffin and as they tilted their heads and raised them again, they saw “a man running towards the coffin”.
She added: “Lexi was pushed as the man bolted and when they yanked him to the ground Darcy was hit and had to move out of the way.
“My sister grabbed Darcy from behind. Everything happened so fast. We had our heads down, so we hadn’t seen him coming from behind.
“After thinking about it, it looked to us like he was trying to knock over the coffin and take the royal standard.
“Darcy thought he was trying to steal the crown, but he patted the coffin, turned around and pulled the flag over his head as if to take a ‘funny’ photo; I’m not sure, I don’t think anyone else was with him.”
Louise, from Bournemouth, said they all left immediately as they “didn’t know what to do or think”. She added: “Little Darcy was quite distraught, as was my older daughter and my sister’s two girls. We were all pretty shocked and wept. That was very disrespectful.”
Seven-year-old Darcy said she was “a little scared” when the man pushed her, adding that the Queen “means a lot” to her.
The group had waited in line for more than 15 hours after leaving Bournemouth around 3am on Friday.
Louise said waiting in the long line was “troubling” but Darcy “never once complained and stood there gracefully”.
She added: “Police have been absolutely amazing throughout the day. They gave Darcy muffins and candy and drinks and they actually waited in line afterward.”
Scotland Yard has arrested a man at Westminster Hall, where the Queen is laid out, and he has been arrested for an offense under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.
A Speaker of the British Parliament said a man had moved out of line towards the Catafalque. The queue resumed a short time later with “minimal disruption,” the spokesman said.
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