Woman selling wristband to see Queens coffin for £22,000 says price is fair

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People labelled "sick b*****s" for flogging second hand wristbands given to queuers at the Queen's lying-in-state have responded to the criticism.

Soon after the late monarch's coffin arrived at Westminster Hall in London wristbands for the event started appearing on online selling platforms such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree.

The highest single bid seen by the Daily Star on eBay was over £66,000. That's without postage.

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Another eBay seller listed their queue band on eBay with a Buy It Now price of an obscene £100,000.

"Sick b******* about," wrote one Twitter user, pulling no punches in reaction to the news. Another user branded the practice "unbelievable", another said it was "disgusting."

But when asked by the Daily Star what they thought of flogging the bands, sellers had a very different take.

Sakeena, who lives in North London, said she "almost collapsed" after queuing more than 16 hours to see the Queen lying-in-state on Saturday, September 17.

The 35-year-old, originally from Hong Kong, agreed that £100k for the simple paper wristband is "too pricey," but said she thinks her £22,000 fee is "quite fair".

"Personally, I have been there [in the queue] and I know how difficult it is to get to see the Queen. I think even if you want a wristband now, it’s not as easy as you think.

"I almost collapsed before I reached to see the Queen. I think my price is quite fair," she told the Daily Star.

The queue to see the monarch’s coffin in Westminster Hall has seen hundreds of thousands of people waiting patiently in line, some as long as 24 hours.

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Queen Elizabeth II superfan Sakeena said she is selling her spare wristband and will donate part of any sale to MacMillan because she herself is a cancer patient.

Amanda, from Glasgow but living in London, was flogging her wristband for £600. She queued alongside thousands of others on Wednesday and will pay her respects at the Queen's funeral tomorrow, September 19.

The 45-year-old said that the cost of living crisis was her motivation for trying to make a few quid from her wristband.

She told the Star: "There is a cost of living crisis that seems to be forgotten about, working people are struggling to feed their kids and heat their homes.

"I’m sure that Her Majesty would rather not have children and the elderly struggle, starve and freeze in order to afford her some respect. I seriously doubt that’s the type of person she was."

Amanda, who only wanted to give her first name, added that her listing is targeted at people who can afford to part with the cash.

She said: "If people with excessive incomes are willing to pay what to most people is a week's wages, to people who are struggling, where’s the problem?"

Sergei, from Russia but living in London, queued overnight to pay his respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall.

He said: "I don't consider it blasphemy or anything out of the ordinary. It offends me more when the powerful go through the back door, without waiting in line."

Sergei added that the wristbands have the same collector's value to people as plates and postcards do.

"I'm having money problems, so I decided to sell them. That's the way it is," he added.

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