Is there a minute’s silence today for Queen Elizabeth II? When will 1 or 2 minutes of national reflection be

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The Queen’s funeral is taking place in Westminster Abbey, with all the living UK Prime Ministers and world leaders joining King Charles III and the Royal Family
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Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered to pay their respects to the longest-reigning monarch in UK history. It follows a period of national mourning, in which many queued overnight to see the Queen lying in state.

But when will we mark two minutes’ silence for the UK’s former head of state?

A minute of silence will be held across the UK today (image: Getty Images)A minute of silence will be held across the UK today (image: Getty Images)
A minute of silence will be held across the UK today (image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

How are people remembering the Queen?

Several official tributes to the Queen were made immediately after her death on Thursday 8 September.

King Charles III addressed the nation from London, while gun salutes have taken place in London and across countries that are part of the Commonwealth.

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Flags have been lowered to half mast on all public and Royal buildings.

Unofficial minutes of silence are likely to take place for the Queen (image: AFP/Getty Images)Unofficial minutes of silence are likely to take place for the Queen (image: AFP/Getty Images)
Unofficial minutes of silence are likely to take place for the Queen (image: AFP/Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

Parliament sat in a special session that saw MPs from all political parties pay tribute to Her Majesty and recount their fondest memories of her. Church bells rang across the country to mark the monarch’s passing.

People across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also been paying their own individual respects to the deceased monarch. Thousands of floral tributes have been laid at Royal residences, including Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham and Windsor Castle.

There has been no physical book of condolence for members of the public to write messages in. However, an online one has been set up so that people can pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

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Queen Elizabeth II is having tributes paid to her by people across the UK (image: AFP/Getty Images)Queen Elizabeth II is having tributes paid to her by people across the UK (image: AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II is having tributes paid to her by people across the UK (image: AFP/Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

World leaders, like US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as other major figureheads, including Prime Minister Liz Truss, her predecessors - such as Boris Johnson and Tony Blair - have all gathered to pay their respects to the Queen at her funeral in Westminster Abbey.

Tens of thousands of people are lining the route her coffin will take through London, with further crowds set to appear at Windsor where her coffin will process to the grounds of Windsor Castle.

At St George’s Chapel on the evening of Monday 19 September, Elizabeth II will be laid to rest alongside her late husband Prince Philip.

When will two minutes silence take place?

There was a national moment of reflection - essentially a minute’s silence - for the Queen on Sunday 18 September at 8pm.

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Thousands of people have been paying their respects to the Queen (image: AFP/Getty Images)Thousands of people have been paying their respects to the Queen (image: AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of people have been paying their respects to the Queen (image: AFP/Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

Two minutes of silence is going to be held for the Queen at her state funeral in Westminster Abbey at approximately 11.55am.

At midday on the day of the funeral, the nation will have the chance to take two minutes to reflect on the Queen’s life and time as the UK’s head of state.

Minutes of silence have also been held at British sporting occasions, including at football and rugby matches, in the wake of her death.

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