The whole of Britain observed a minute of silence for the late Queen Elizabeth II at 21:00 CET on Sunday, after which people in many places clapped to celebrate her life. The beginning and end of the “national moment of reflection” was marked by the chiming of Big Ben in central London, as hundreds of people stood in silence.




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Prime Minister Liz Truss observed a minute’s silence, dressed in black with her head bowed, outside her Downing Street office.

“Silence can be immersed in privacy alone at home, with friends and neighbours, on the doorstep, on the street with neighbours, at vigils and other local events,” Downing Street said earlier in a statement.

In Trafalgar Square in central London, people stopped and there was also applause. Even double-decker city buses stopped briefly and street musicians fell silent. However, traffic continued to operate and many let the minute of silence pass unnoticed.

At the Silver Cross Restaurant on Whitehall Street, the sommelier announced the start of a minute’s silence by ringing the bell, and most of the diners rose. But then the traffic in the crowded place immediately returned to its normal level.


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Heathrow announced in advance that it would delay landing aircraft during a minute of silence so as not to disturb the sacred moment. However, the airspace over London, which is being prepared for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, was relatively crowded, with police helicopters patrolling the capital.

Police are also gradually closing off the area around the Houses of Parliament, as the Queen’s coffin will be taken to nearby Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.

And at midday on Monday, the kingdom will observe a two-minute silence on the late king. A Sky TV historian said two minutes of silence was observed in Britain for the first time since World War One, an act that is universally understood because it requires no words.

500 heads of state, prime ministers, other high-level representatives of a number of countries and representatives of foreign noble families gathered in London for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

And on Sunday evening, the new British King Charles III hosted a reception for them at Buckingham Palace. The Czech Republic is represented by Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS).

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