War veteran, 96, who attended funeral of King George V in 1936 joins queue to mourn the Queen 86 YEARS LATER

Frank Wells, who traveled from Worthing, West Sussex, recalled waiting in queue as a young boy to see King George V's lying-in-state

War veteran, 96, who attended funeral of King George V in 1936 joins queue to mourn the Queen 86 YEARS LATER
King Charles III meets members of the public in the queue along the South Bank, near to Lambeth Bridge, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state (Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ADVERTISEMENT

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has seen people from all over come to pay their last respects. Now, a 96-year-old war veteran joined the queue to honor the Queen as she lies in state, while recalling a similar instance in 1936 when as a young boy of 10, he stood in a similar queue for the lying in state of King George V

ADVERTISEMENT

According to the Daily Mail, Frank Wells was one of the last mourners to join the accessible queue before it permanently closed on Saturday, September 17. The 96-year-old feels a special connection with the late Queen, having been born six days before her in April 1926. "It feels like we grew up together, so I was determined to get here," he said. 

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED ARTICLES

The staggering stats for Queen's funeral: 5-mile queues, 30-hr waits, a million mourners and London to be declared FULL

Queen's final resting place is in lead-lined coffin made from English oak entombed in King George VI Memorial Vault

ADVERTISEMENT

Prince William, Prince of Wales arrives to greet members of the public queueing to see the Queen lying in state along the River Thames in Lambeth on September 17, 2022 in London, England. His Majesty The King thanks Emergency Service workers for their work and support ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales arrives to greet members of the public queueing to see the Queen lying in state along the River Thames in Lambeth (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Despite being wheelchair-bound, the nonagenarian traveled from his home in Worthing, West Sussex in order to pay his respects to Britain's longest reigning monarch as she lies in state at the Westminster Hall before her funeral on Monday, September 19. Wells arrived with his friend, Nick Beadnell, 66, at 4.30 pm, merely one hour before the queue closed after reaching its full capacity. Beadnell spoke of his friend's tenacity, "Officials told us that we would be waiting six hours and I was ready to turn around, but Frank was not giving up." 

ADVERTISEMENT

Wells suffers from vision impairment and is partially sighted. He, however, intends to use his memories as a little boy, visiting Westminster Hall during former King George V’s lying in state to help him understand and figure out the outlines inside the iconic hall.  

Recalling the previous event, he described, "I was nine when I saw the Queen’s grandfather lying in state. I remember queuing for hours and as a young boy it felt like an extremely long time." Noting that not much has changed since then, Wells added, "This queue feels very similar. People are very friendly, and it just shows how quickly you make friends."

ADVERTISEMENT

The Queen has been lying in state since Wednesday, September 14. Her funeral will be held on Monday, September 19 at the Westminster Abbey.

 

 



Share this article: War veteran, 96, who attended funeral of King George V in 1936 joins queue to mourn the Queen 86 YEARS LATER