Thousands queue in rain to pay respects to Queen

STORY: “She's a motivational individual, inspirational woman. She had that magic about her, much more than normal people, she's an icon of icons,” said mourner Chris Imafidon.

“I must at least endure this camping out of respect,” he added.

The government has warned the queue could stretch for up to 10 miles along the southern bank of the River Thames, winding past landmarks such as the giant London Eye ferris wheel and a reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe theatre.