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Country falls silent for Queen's funeral

Joe Harker

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Country falls silent for Queen's funeral

This morning (19 September), the UK fell silent for two minutes to remember the life and reign of its longest reigning monarch.

The Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96 on 8 September and ever since, tributes to her memory have been pouring in from all over the world.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In the days leading up to her funeral, events proceeded according to Operation London Bridge - the detailed plan of action for what to do when the Queen died.

The final day of the plan is in effect today, with a state funeral held and national day of mourning which has also been declared a bank holiday.

Queen Elizabeth II received her funeral service in Westminster Abbey in an event watched around the world and attended by dignitaries and leaders from all across the globe.

In proceedings led by her son and heir King Charles III, more than 2,000 people personally paid their respects to the late Queen.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In the days leading up to the funeral many thousands of people queued for miles so they could pass by her coffin and pay respects to her as she lay in state in Westminster Hall.

The two minutes silence also marked the end of her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, with King Charles III and the rest of the royal family now following the Queen's body to Windsor Castle in a 45 minute procession.

The national anthem was played to signal the end of the silence and the beginning of the procession to Windsor Castle.

Big Ben has tolled in honour of the late Queen while guns have been fired in Hyde Park as a salute and thousands more people have lined the London streets to bid one final goodbye to the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on 8 September. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on 8 September. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Later this evening, the royal family will have a private ceremony at St George's Chapel before burying the Queen alongside her late husband Prince Philip, who died last year.

The Queen's final resting place will be the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Palace alongside the Duke of Edinburgh.

His body is currently in the royal vault, but it will be moved so that it will rest beside the body of the Queen.

The completion of the Queen's funeral marks the end of the tightly planned series of ceremonies held in the wake of the monarch's death.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: The Queen, King Charles III, UK News, News, Royal Family

Joe Harker
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