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Lying in state

public funerary custom
Ronald Reagan lying in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda on June 10, 2004

Lying in state is the tradition in which a coffin is placed on view to allow the public at large to pay their respects to the dead. It traditionally takes place in the principal government building of a country or city.

It is usually practiced in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, North Korea, South Africa, and Russia. Lying in state takes place during a state funeral.

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