Old bracelets given to people queuing to see the Queen interred at Westminster Hall are being sold on eBay for three times the price.
After paying their respects to QueenA number of mourners were quick to post their used wearables on the online marketplace, with the highest price so far achieved at £199.99.
At least five of the colorful bands have been sold on the site so far, with more auctions set to close in the next few days.
Bids for bands currently on sale, including a fresh orange one from today – Saturday – received bids of over £400. The auction won’t end until Tuesday. Despite the high price, sellers are sweetening the deal with free postage.
Meanwhile, two dark blue bands, which the seller said were used by her and her daughter on Thursday during an eight-hour wait to file through the coffin cost the most at £396, plus 3.35 pounds from Derby (at time of writing).
Yellow strips from the accessible queue are also available for purchase on the website, with one seller even offering to send “two newspapers collected during the day at Westminster” along with two possible yellow strips. their access.
Additionally, some mourners have attempted to take their bands without breaking the seal, and thus, sell them “intact”.
An upbeat seller booked their band – which they say was from day one in line – for £22,000, but later deleted their post.
While it is possible to purchase wristbands online, buyers will not be able to use them while skipping the queue as they cannot be reused.
The color and numbering bands have been issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to help manage the large number of people who wish to catch a glimpse of the Queen in a state of security. The bands come in different numbers and shades of color each day.
The DCMS website explains the queuing process, stating that the band is “a record of when you join the queue”.
However, it added that “having a wristband does not guarantee In-state”.
The website continues: “The wristband is exclusive to each participant in the queue and is absolutely non-transferable. You must keep this wristband on at all times as it will be inspected along the route.”
The band helps mourners leave the queue to go to the bathroom or get food and drinks. With some people queuing for around 24 hours, such breaks are essential.
The Queen has been in bed since Wednesday, with her children holding prayers on Friday, and she I hold the vigiI am on Saturday night.
Sky News has reached out to DCMS for comment on the sale of the bands.