Nation falls silent to mark minute’s silence ahead of Queen’s funeral


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Silence fell across the UK tonight as people mourned the death of the Queen.

In London, Big Ben was due to strike once to mark the beginning of the moment of reflection, and again to mark its end.

But those marking the silence, from home and on Westminster Bridge, struggled to hear its chimes.

The UK Parliament confirmed the issue would be resolved by tomorrow’s funeral, with a spokesperson adding: ‘We are investigating this as a matter of urgency.’

People were invited to observe tonight’s one-minute silence privately at home or on doorsteps.

Many gathered in town squares to mark the minute’s silence together.

Prime Minister Liz Truss took to the steps of Downing Street as 8pm hit and solemnly bowed her head.

Castle Wardens observe the national minute's silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. The country is observing one-minute silence to remember the Queen, with people invited to mark the occasion privately at home, on their doorstep or street, or at community events and vigils. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story DEATH Queen. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Wardens at Windsor Castle in Berkshire also came to a halt when the clock struck eight (Credits: PA)

People hold a minute of silence for the late Queen Elisabeth II at Westminster Bridge in front of Big Ben in London, England, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, takes place on Monday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Huge crowds also stilled and fell silent in front of Big Ben at Westminster Bridge (Picture: AP)

British Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O'Leary attend a minute's silence at Number 10 on Downing Street, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 18, 2022. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Prime Minister Liz Truss was among those standing in silence this evening (Picture: Sky News)

A small crowd of people in the queue for the Queen’s lying in state stopped near London Bridge and bowed their heads to observe the national minute’s silence.

They applauded to mark the end of the silence at 8.01pm.

Dozens of Metropolitan Police officers also assembled in silence beside mourners and later sang the national anthem.

As the minute’s silence approached, the Queen Consort also released a tribute to the Queen.

Those queuing in Westminster Hall to see the Queen lie-in-state also stilled (Picture: Reuters)

A police officer observes a National moment of reflection in Waterloo Station to show respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II, in London on September 18, 2022, ahead of her State Funeral on Monday. - Britain was gearing up Sunday for the momentous state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as King Charles III prepared to host world leaders and as mourners queued for the final 24 hours left to view her coffin, lying in state in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster. (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP) (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

A police officer observes the minute’s silence in Waterloo Station (Picture: AFP)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: People observe one minute of silence and reflection on the life of Queen Elizabeth II in the floral tribute area in Green Park near Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022 in London, England. The National Moment of Reflection is marked by a one-minute silence ahead of tomorrow's State Funeral. It offers the opportunity to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022. She is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

People mark the one minute of silence among tributes in Green Park (Picture: Getty Images)

She recalled the late monarch’s ‘wonderful blue eyes’ adding: ‘I will always remember her smile.’

Camilla also spoke of how Queen Elizabeth II was a ‘solitary woman in a male-dominated world.’

She added: ‘I can’t remember anyone except the Queen being there.’

In Scotland, four lone bagpipers have played The Immortal Memory to mark the 8pm silence.

The music sounded out in Dornoch, Fort William, Inverness and Portree.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Military personnel observe a one-minute silence in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II at Wellington Barracks on September 18, 2022 in London, England. The National Moment of Reflection is marked by a one-minute silence ahead of tomorrow's State Funeral. It offers the opportunity to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022. She is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Military personnel also fell silent (Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images)

(Picture: Sky News)

People also gathered in pubs and restaurants this evening (Picture: Sky News)

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A break from tennis was made for those in the Emirates Arena to mark the minute’s silence (Picture: Ella Ling/Shutterstock)

At Westminster Abbey, final preparations are being put in place ready for the funeral on Monday.

Big Ben will is due to ring tomorrow at one-minute intervals as the funeral procession departs the service.

A muffler will be used for the bell, which reduces the impact of the sound and creates a quieter tone.

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