Britons mourn the Queen with a minute’s silence

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People observe a minutes silence in Windsor  (REUTERS)
People observe a minutes silence in Windsor (REUTERS)

Britons have held a minute’s silence to mourn the Queen’s death ahead of the state funeral.

At 8pm on Sunday, the country observed the silence to remember the late monarch, with people marking the occasion privately at their homes and at community events and vigils.

Liz Truss stood outside 10 Downing Street with her head bowed during the national moment of reflection, with people across the country following suit.

Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O'Leary observe minute's silence at Number 10 Downing Street, following the death of Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS)
Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O'Leary observe minute's silence at Number 10 Downing Street, following the death of Queen Elizabeth (REUTERS)

Mourners could be heard applauding and cheering after it ended.

It came as presidents, prime ministers and royalty from across the globe arrived at Buckingham Palace for a reception hosted by the King.

Approximately 500 guests attended the event, among them the Prime Minister, US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who was joined by his wife, first lady Brigitte.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and other working members of the royal family including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester joined Charles and the Queen Consort in mingling with guests.