National Moment of Reflection: What time is the minute’s silence on Sunday?

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Flowers and tributes in Green Park in London on September 13  (Marco Bertorello / AFP via Getty Images)
Flowers and tributes in Green Park in London on September 13 (Marco Bertorello / AFP via Getty Images)

On Sunday, a minute’s silence will be observed across the United Kingdom, in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, Downing Street has announced.

Britons will be invited to come together, and to “mourn and reflect on the life and legacy” of the Queen during this time, Liz Truss’s official spokesperson said.

But when will the minute’s silence take place and what is it for?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Late-Night rehearsal held for Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (Jeremy Selwyn)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)
A funeral procession marches through Parliament Square during a rehearsal (PA)

What time is the minute’s silence on Sunday?

The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm, on Sunday, September 18, the night before the Queen’s state funeral.

“At 8pm, on Sunday, September 18, the night before the state funeral, there will be a one-minute silence where the public are invited to come together and observe a national moment of reflection to mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said.

“The silence can be marked privately at home on your own, or with friends and neighbours, out on your doorstep or street with neighbours, or at any locally arranged community events and vigils.

“We encourage local community groups, clubs, and other organisations to mark this moment of reflection. And, if you are overseas, people are encouraged to mark the silence at their local time.

“The shared national moment of reflection is an opportunity for everyone across the UK to mark the death of Her Majesty and we will set out details of where the Prime Minister will mark it closer to that time.”

Why is there a National Moment of Reflection and when is the Queen’s funeral?

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that the Queen’s funeral will take place at 11am, on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey, and the day will be a national bank holiday.

The Queen’s coffin will arrive at the Palace of Westminster at 3pm on Wednesday, September 14, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct a short service of commemoration. The lying-in-state will then begin in Westminster Hall, and will last at least four days.

Mourners will be able to view the Queen’s coffin from 5pm, on Wednesday, 24 hours a day, until 6.30am on the day of the funeral. There will be a queuing system, strict security checks, as well as restrictions on mobile phones. Photography and recording are also strictly prohibited.

Members of the public who wish to pay their respects have been warned to expect long waits due to a high anticipated demand.

According to Sky, more than 300,000 people visited King George VI lying in state at Westminster Hall in 1952, and 200,000 saw the Queen Mother’s coffin in 2002, but security staff are expecting many more for Queen Elizabeth II.

A total of 1,500 military personnel will be on hand to assist with proceedings, and the Government has warned that those who wish to attend are likely to be “required to queue for many hours”, and that they should only bring small bags.