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Britons maintain minute’s silence to mourn Queen’s loss of life forward of state funeral



Britons have held a minute’s silence to mourn the Queen’s loss of life forward of the state funeral.

At 8pm on Sunday, the nation noticed the silence to recollect the late monarch, with individuals marking the event privately at their properties and at neighborhood occasions and vigils.

Liz Truss stood exterior 10 Downing Avenue together with her head bowed through the nationwide second of reflection, with individuals throughout the nation following go well with.

Mourners might be heard applauding and cheering after it ended.

Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O’Leary observe the nationwide minute’s silence in reminiscence of the Queen (PA)

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

Roughly 500 friends attended the occasion, amongst them the Prime Minister, US President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who was joined by his spouse, first girl Brigitte.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and different working members of the royal household together with 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 friends.

Dozens of leaders of Commonwealth international locations and members of international royal households additionally attended the reception.

Kate earlier held an viewers with the primary girl of Ukraine Olena Zelenska on the palace.

Talking in regards to the Queen at Lancaster Home, Mr Biden mentioned: “To all of the individuals of England, all of the individuals of the UK, our hearts exit to you.

“You have been lucky to have had her for 70 years, all of us have been.

“The world is healthier for her.”

The US President and his spouse additionally visited Westminster Corridor for the Queen’s mendacity in state.

Joe Biden visited Westminster Corridor (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Safety was tight and street crossings have been closed forward of his go to to pay his respects, as rumours unfold via the gang in regards to the imminent arrival of Mr Biden and his entourage.

Members of the general public continued becoming a member of the queue for the ultimate day on Sunday night, with the late monarch’s coffin to stay till 6.30am on Monday.

The Division for Tradition, Media and Sport mentioned the estimated wait was no less than eight hours, down from 14 hours earlier within the day.

Folks had earlier been warned to not set off from their properties to hitch the queue because it is because of shut afterward.

Folks continued to hitch the queue at 7pm on Sunday night (Danny Lawson/PA)

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It got here after Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle mentioned the Chinese language ambassador and accredited officers stay barred from the Home of Commons.

Requested about reviews he had been “leant” on to permit individuals from a Chinese language delegation into Westminster Corridor, he instructed the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg: “No one has been leaning on me in any respect. Removed from it.

“My view stays the identical, that we’d not welcome (a) reception in Parliament. And that’s after I stopped the ambassador and accredited Chinese language from coming into the Home of Commons.

“So let’s be clear, to carry a reception within the Home of Commons when MPs and a peer has been sanctioned is just not acceptable. My view stays the identical and nothing has modified.

“The sanction in opposition to these accredited officers stays in place and can stay so. There’s a very straightforward reply.

“Elevate the sanction, we are able to additionally then look to see whether or not we must always have reception in Parliament, however this isn’t going to occur for the time being.”

In the meantime, Camilla paid a televised tribute to the late monarch, recalling her “great blue eyes”, saying: “I’ll all the time bear in mind her smile.”

The Queen Consort additionally shared a private reminiscence of the Queen who noticed the humorous facet of a shoe mishap on her wedding ceremony day.

Talking in regards to the event on April 9 2005, Camilla mentioned: “I bear in mind coming from right here, Clarence Home, (to) go to Windsor the day I obtained married after I most likely wasn’t firing on all cylinders, fairly nervous and, for some unknown purpose, I placed on a pair of footwear and one had an inch heel and one had a two-inch heel.

“So, I imply speak about hop-a-long and there’s nothing I might do. I used to be midway down within the automotive earlier than I realised and you understand, she – she might see and laughed about it and mentioned, ‘look I’m terribly sorry’ and she or he did, you understand, she had a very good sense of humour.”

It got here after the Prime Minister kicked off her conferences with world leaders on Saturday, talking to her counterparts from New Zealand and Australia.

At 10am on Sunday, Irish premier Micheal Martin entered Downing Avenue for a “heat” assembly with Ms Truss to debate “many points within the context of the British-Irish relationship”, earlier than leaving just below an hour later.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau additionally met with the Prime Minister a number of hours later.

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