Definition of lying-in-state in English:

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The display of the corpse of a public figure for public tribute before it is buried or cremated: the Maori honoured him with a lying-in-state at Pipitea Marae
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  • But so far the Song memorial sculpture, which will be unveiled at the site of his ceremonial lying-in-state, has proved to be far less controversial.
  • Downing Street dropped its complaint over stories that Tony Blair's aides sought a more prominent role for the Prime Minister at the lying-in-state of the Queen Mother.
  • He accused Labour Ministers and MPs of attempting to discredit Sir Michael, who was in charge of the arrangements for the lying-in-state at Westminster Hall.

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