A man has been charged with disturbing public order after he allegedly tried to seize the Queen’s coffin.
Muhammad Khan, 28, from east London, was charged under the Public Order Act on Saturday with “conduct intended to cause alarm, harassment or distress”.
There were reports of a “disturbance” on Friday night at Westminster Hall, where the Queen was lying in state, and someone was seen climbing the steps to the catafalque and touching the coffin.
Metropolitan Police reportedly rushed to arrest a man just before 10pm on Friday, the second full day mourners were able to pay their respects to the former monarch, just hours after the royal vigil.
In a statement, the Met said a man had been charged with an offense under the Public Order Act.
At the time of the incident, broadcasters showing the procession of mourners cut themselves off the stage and instead showed the view from outside parliament.
Khan will appear in police custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.