UK to observe minute’s silence in memory of Queen at 8pm | Queen Elizabeth II

The UK has been invited to fall silent as part of a national moment of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

A minute’s silence will be held at 8pm on Sunday in memory of the late monarch.

A pre-recorded tribute by Camilla, the Queen Consort, will be broadcast on the BBC shortly before the silence.

Camilla will speak of the Queen’s strength as a “solitary woman” in “a male-dominated world”.

Those taking part are invited to observe the silence at home, on their doorstep, in their street or at one of many community events and vigils being staged around the country at clubs and community centres. Overseas mourners are also encouraged to join in the silence.

Big Ben will toll at 8pm to begin the national moment of reflection and another bell will strike once at 8.01pm to mark the end of the silence.

A service of reflection will take place at 7.30pm at the Kelpies sculptures near Falkirk, at which 96 lanterns, one to represent each year of the Queen’s life, will be lowered into a pool at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth II Canal, where wreaths will also be placed into the water as an act of remembrance.

The minute’s silence is taking place the night before the state funeral of the Queen to “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.

“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 spokesperson added.

“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.”

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