Queen: Nation holds a minute's silence in tribute to monarch
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On the eve of her state funeral, a minute silence was held at 8pm to honour Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Millions united together to pay their respects for the late Queen, who passed away “peacefully” at Balmoral, her annual Scottish summer home, on September 8. The late monarch was 96 at the time of her death.
Big Ben tolled to mark the beginning of the national moment of reflection at 8pm.
Prior to the minute silence, UK Parliament said that the bell would be struck once to mark the start of the minute’s silence.
It was also struck once more at 8.01pm to mark its end.
Big Ben will also ring on Monday, September 19 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.
On Saturday, King Charles and his eldest son, and heir to the throne, Prince William made a surprise visit to mourners in the queue to see the Queen lying-in-state.
During the visit, the pair chatted to the mourners, thanking them for their support and well wishes for the entire family.
While shaking hands with the royal mourners, William told them that it was “very emotional” being there.
Speaking of the Queen, William told the mourners that the late Queen “would never believe this, honestly”.
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