A man who rushed towards the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has been arrested.
According to reports, the police in London apprehended him when he rushed Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin Lying in State on Friday inside Westminster Hall and lifted the Royal Standard, the official flag of the sovereign.
It is also reported that he injured a 7-year-old girl as he rushed past security and grabbed a hold of the coffin before cops from the Metropolitan Police and security personnel tackled him to the floor.
This happened when many people have been in the queue for a long time for their last respect to the Queen.
Mourners were shocked by his action.
A statement from the police, which was broadcasted by ITV News, stated that the man was “arrested for an offence under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.”
Why the man rushed the coffin is yet to be known.
An eyewitness narrated the incident to the Daily Mail:
“We saw him in the queue from the beginning of the queue and throughout the day. He was by himself. When we entered the room we were at the top of the stairs when we saw the incident. A lady screamed as it happened. It was quite unnerving.”
An aunt of the girl also stated:
“A person decided they were going to push my seven-year-old niece out the way, run up to the coffin, lift up the standard and try to do I don’t know what. She was grabbed out the way and the police had him within two seconds.”
The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022. She died on September 8.