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Huge queue as Hongkongers mourn Queen Elizabeth II at Admiralty

Huge queue as Hongkongers mourn Queen Elizabeth II at Admiralty

Hundreds of Hongkongers queued in sweltering heat at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong on Monday to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The mourners presented bouquets and signed the book of condolences to memorialise the former monarch of the United Kingdom.

A 500-metre-long queue was seen outside the British Consulate in Admiralty. The Consulate said in a social media post that the waiting times have been upwards of three hours and reminded people to bring water and wear appropriate clothing.

Emily Ng, 30, was in the queue clutching a portrait she painted of Elizabeth II. Her grandmother, she said, collected stamps with the queen's image and "used to tell me a lot of stories about the royal family".

Ng said she had written to the queen repeatedly over the years and received replies from Buckingham Palace.

"I hence felt very connected to the royal family and even after the handover I would like to maintain that connection," she told AFP.

Some placed candles in the shape of "EIIR RIP" with floral tributes coupled with pictures of Queen Elizabeth to express their fondness and condolences to her.

"The Queen's death is a symbol of the end of an era," said a mourner surnamed Hung. She noted that the late Queen was beloved by both Hongkongers and members of the UK's public.

A mourner surnamed Yuen said Queen Elizabeth II "made a great contribution" to promoting Hong Kong from a fishing village to an international city.

"The city saw a great development in colonial times," he said, adding he will tell his daughters about the stories of the Queen as it is "part of Hong Kong's history".

A British couple working in Hong Kong expressed their condolences, saying the "granny-like" monarch made lots of accomplishments and she deserved a lot of credit.

Hong Kong was a British colony for over 150 years and while the financial hub was returned to China in 1997, the past is engraved into its landscape, from street names and the ubiquity of English to the common law legal system.

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