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‘She’s not okay at all’: Seven-year-old girl who had queued for 15 hours to honor the Queen was pushed aside by man who tried to grab coffin

  • Seven-year-old Darcy Holland stands in line to see the Queen in state for 15 hours
  • When she got to the front, a man pushed her aside to get the box
  • The man was arrested, but Darcy was in tears and shocked by the incident
  • Did you see the incident? Contact: alastair.lockhart@mailonline.co.uk
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A seven-year-old girl has been left in tears and shock after a man pushed her aside to try to grab the queen’s coffin.

Young Darcy Holland queued for 15 hours to see the Queen with her Aunt Tracey, before finally reaching Westminster Hall.

Did you see the Westminster Hall incident or do you know the man involved?

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Darcy was in the middle of the hall last night paying her respects to the Queen when the man pushed her and others in line and tried to lift the royal standard draped over the coffin.

It is thought that he was able to touch the coffin before being knocked to the ground by police officers as shocked bystanders watched. Shortly afterwards he was arrested.

Tracey Holland said Darcy was paying her respects to the Queen while she was trying to look at the crown when someone decided they would push her out of the way, run to the coffin, lift the stand and try to do it. don’t know what.

“Darcy was snatched out of the way and the police had him in two seconds.”

When asked if Darcy was okay, Tracey said, “No, not at all. We’re just trying to get her back in so she can walk around respectfully again because she’s been up since two this morning, she’s been in line for 15 hours and that’s his result.’

The Queen has been lying in state in Westminster Hall since Wednesday, as thousands queue all night for a chance to see the late monarch for one last time.

Darcy Holland, 7, queued for 15 hours to see the queen with her aunt when she was pushed by the man next to the queen’s coffin

Aunt Tracey Holland said she would try to encourage Darcy to go back to Westminster Hall to see the Queen for a second time

Aunt Tracey Holland said she would try to encourage Darcy to go back to Westminster Hall to see the Queen for a second time

Armed police tonight arrested a man who tried to seize the Queen’s coffin – in an incident that stunned mourners

After the incident, which took place around 10 p.m. Friday, officers were seen carrying the man away from Westminster Hall

After the incident, which took place around 10 p.m. Friday, officers were seen carrying the man away from Westminster Hall

Hundreds of thousands of respectful mourners are said to have passed through the hall in the past two days, despite queues that can reach up to 24 hours.

But mourners were left visibly shaken during Friday night’s incident – which took place just hours after King Charles and his family held a vigil in the Queen’s honor.

Alongside siblings Anne, Andrew and Edward, the newly crowned monarch stood guard next to his mother’s coffin.

Another witness who saw the incident told MailOnline how a mourner “screamed” when she saw the man running towards the coffin.

The witness said: ‘We saw him (the man) in line from the beginning of the line and he was alone all day.

“When we entered the room, we were standing at the top of the stairs when we saw the incident. One lady screamed as it happened, it was quite unnerving. Although he was held and the people kept calm and carried on.’

Mourners were visibly shaken (pictured) during Friday night's incident - which took place just hours after King Charles and his family held a vigil in honor of the Queen

Mourners were visibly shaken (pictured) during Friday night’s incident – which took place just hours after King Charles and his family held a vigil in honor of the Queen

Officers arrested the man after the incident, which took place at Westminster Hall around 10pm (Photo: Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall on Friday, holding the royal standard before the incident)

Officers arrested the man after the incident, which took place at Westminster Hall around 10 p.m. (Photo: Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall on Friday, holding the royal standard before the incident)

The schoolgirl was visibly shocked by the shocking incident in Westminster

The schoolgirl was visibly shocked by the shocking incident in Westminster

The Metropolitan Police confirmed last night that a man has been arrested on suspicion of a public order violation.

A police spokesman said: ‘At 10pm on Friday 16 September, agents from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command arrested a man in Westminster Hall following a disturbance.

“He has been arrested for a crime under the Public Order Act and is currently in custody.”

A spokesman for the UK Parliament said last night: ‘We are aware of an incident at Westminster Hall in which a member of the public walked out of line to the Catafalque.

“They have now been removed from the hall and the queue has started again.”

The mourners are said to have been left in shock during the incident, which took place hours after King Charles and his family held a vigil in the Queen's honor.  Alongside siblings Anne, Andrew and Edward, the newly crowned monarch stood guard next to his mother's coffin (pictured)

The mourners are said to have been left in shock during the incident, which took place hours after King Charles and his family held a vigil in the Queen’s honor. Alongside siblings Anne, Andrew and Edward, the newly crowned monarch stood guard next to his mother’s coffin (pictured)

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