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This Morning viewers slam presenter over doughnuts and jokes in queue to see Queens coffin

This Morning's Alice Beer has been criticised for handing out doughnuts and cracking jokes as she met members of the public queuing up to see the late Queen Elizabeth II Lying-in-State in Westminster Hall.

The coffin of the late Queen, who died on Thursday, 8 September, is today to being moved to the Hall from Buckingham Palace, and it will remain at Westminster Hall until Monday, 19 September, so that members of the public can come to pay their respects.

Alice, 57, who has been with This Morning since 2014, went to speak to people who have camped out overnight to see Her Majesty Lying-in-State and say their personal goodbyes to a much-loved monarch.

The jolly presenter handed out boxes of Biscoff Krispy Kreme doughnuts as she said: "We can pay our respects and eat doughnuts at the same time… I’ve become the most popular person in the queue," as people rushed forwards to grab a treat.

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As Alice spotted one young man in the queue, she said: "You would think it would be just staunch royalists here but no we’ve got some teenagers."

After the boy, named Lewis, explained to her that he had traveled from Cheltenham and arrived in London at 12.30am that morning, Alice asked him: "Are you tired?"

She then compared waiting to see the Queen lying-in-state to a 'dress rehearsal' for Reading festival, as she said: "Mind you it’s a bit like Reading festival… you'll be doing that next year. It's just a dress rehearsal."

Viewers rushed to Twitter to vent their frustrations about Alice's joyful manner at such a sombre subject as the monarch's death, with one saying: "Does Alice realise it’s the actual queen these people are queuing for and not queen the band?"

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A second tweeted: "That woman interviewing people in the queue to see the queens coffin needs sacking!!! How disrepectful!! Its not a festival queue!!!"

A third wrote: "Jesus wept you are treating this queue like it’s the opening for the new ride at Alton Towers. Not a good look, have some respect."

Another raged: "Interviewing people like they’re queuing for a concert and treating it like a party? And then the reporter saying to one guy 'this is just a dress rehearsal for Reading Festival next year'… seriously?! Disrespectful is an understatement."


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