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What time is the one-minute silence for the Queen on Sunday?

The government has announced a ‘moment of reflection’ to honour Elizabeth II

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver
Ellie Muir

The plans for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral are now officially under way, with the monarch’s coffin set to lie in state for four days before the service on Monday September 19.

And now the government has announced that a minute’s silence will be held at 8pm on Sunday September 18, the day before the funeral, to ‘mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II’.

The spokesperson said the silence could be honoured ‘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’. They added: ‘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.’

Read more: here’s everything you need to know about the Queen’s funeral.

Plus: where will the Queen be buried?

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