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Posted on December 6th, 2022

Your Imagery Work Break – The Queue For Queen Elizabeth II

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Happy December to you and yours! We hope your holiday season is filled with friends, family and festivities. As you prepare for the season, grab a festive drink (peppermint mocha, anyone?) and take a refreshing walk in the icy air for a work break today. But before you head out, take a moment to check out this 30-centimeter (cm) Pléiades Neo 3 image, collected in London, England on September 17, 2022 at 11:04:45 local time. This image was captured during Queen Elizabeth II’s Lying in State period at Westminster Hall, and it shows what was referred to as “The Que” of people lined up to pay their respects. 

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022. Her 70 year long reign is the longest verified reign of any female monarch in history. After her death, the Queen lay in state at Westminster Hall from September 14th to the 19th. During these 5 days, and estimated 250,000 people journeyed to London to pay their respects. 

To do this, the attendees had to wait in a line that stretched as long as 9 miles. This line was officially dubbed “The Que”. The Que stretched for miles along the Thames River, passing landmarks such as the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall and the Globe Theater. In quintessential British fashion, portable toilets, water fountains and first aid stations were planted along the route. Each mourner in The Que was advised by the British government that, “You will need to stand for many hours, possibly overnight, with very little opportunity to sit down, as the queue will keep moving.

We love to add movement to our work break, and today the “namaste” (literally ‘I bow to you’) at the end of our yoga practice is said in respect to the late Queen. 

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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