One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of the corpse of a person of national importance) be laid in a public place of honour before burial.‘the candlelit chapel where the king's body lay in state’
- ‘Poles seem undeterred by the shortage of hotel beds at their destination, the massive queue lining up to see the Pope's body lying in state and the crush of fellow pilgrims that will greet them on their arrival.’
- ‘And there is his body lying in state, in repose in the main lobby of the Reagan Presidential Library.’
- ‘And then at 8: 30 Eastern tomorrow night, the body will lie in state for the public.’
- ‘She was paying her last respects to former US president Ronald Reagan whose body was today lying in state in Washington.’
- ‘The body lies in state for the nine days during the funeral masses.’
- ‘Millions are expected to pass by his body as it lies in state, and there will be considerable numbers attending his funeral.’
- ‘First, though, the pope's body is lying in state for private viewing in the apostolic palace in the Vatican.’
- ‘Two days after the pope died his body is tonight lying in state in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.’
- ‘For eight decades he has been lying in state on public display, a cadaver in a succession of dark suits, encased in a glass box beside a walkway in the basement of his granite mausoleum.’
- ‘The body will then lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda so that the public will be able to pay tribute to him.’
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