Big Ben Silent at Noontime as First Bells Toll at Westminster After Queen's Death

The iconic Big Ben stood silent at the stroke of noon on Friday, September 9, the day after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, as in the background bells of Westminster Abbey tolled in tribute to the late monarch.

A 96-round salute was performed at 1 pm in Hyde Park in London, as well as at Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Woolwich, Cardiff, Belfast, Plymouth, Dover Castle, York, and Gibraltar, to commemorate the 96 years of the queen’s life.

The country would remain in a nationwide state of mourning until September 19, the date of the queen’s funeral, according to reports. Credit: Mark Vellacot via Storyful

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