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Big Ben fell silent: The bell ‘didn’t ring’ at 8pm to begin country’s minute of silence for Queen

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“Even Big Ben fell silent!” Parliament confirms the famous bell ‘didn’t ring’ at 8pm to ring in the country’s minute of silence for the Queen – some even suggested it ‘paid her respects’

Big Ben failed to strike at 8pm tonight as the country began its minutes of silence for the Queen, as mourners suggested it “paid her respects” to Britain’s tallest monarch.

The Houses of Parliament have confirmed that the famous bell – which is housed in the Elizabeth Tower, named after Her Majesty in 2012 during her Diamond Jubilee – did not ring as planned tonight.

The UK legislative body told MailOnline: ‘Big Ben has failed to strike at 8pm as planned. We urgently investigated this and identified a minor technical issue which has now been resolved.

“We will test the bell again later tonight and are confident that it will not affect the ringing tomorrow during the state funeral procession.”

This was when Britain stood still for the Queen tonight during the national moment of reflection to remember the late monarch, with the line to see her state and Prime Minister Liz Truss bowed her head outside number 10.

Many members of the public gathered for the National Moment of Reflection at Westminster Bridge in front of Big Ben as it is no toll

Members of the audience observed silence tonight and held candles in honor of Her Majesty

Members of the audience observed silence tonight and held candles in honor of Her Majesty

Fans in Emirates Arena, Glasgow, quiet for the national moment of reflection for Queen Elizabeth II

Fans in Emirates Arena, Glasgow, quiet for the national moment of reflection for Queen Elizabeth II

People queue to see Queen Elizabeth II in state, who was stopped for 60 seconds to observe silence

People queue to see Queen Elizabeth II in state, who was stopped for 60 seconds to observe silence

Big Ben was supposed to ring to mark the beginning of the National Moment of Reflection today at 8pm and the bell was to ring once to mark the start of the minute of silence and again at 8:01pm to end to mark.

Social media users took to Twitter to claim that the Bell, which has been twinned with the Monarch and Parliament since the 1800s, may have marked Elizabeth II’s death at age 96.

Replying to Chris Ship, the royal editor of ITV noting the problem, Ghanem Nuseibeh wrote on Twitter: ‘Perhaps not ringing is in itself a sign of mourning, unplanned as the rainbow.’

Rainbows have also appeared in royal places and across London tonight as the Queen lays in state for her final day.

In Berkshire, Castle Wardens were seen standing together to observe the silence at Windsor Castle

In Berkshire, Castle Wardens were seen standing together to observe the silence at Windsor Castle

Nature's Own Memorial: Yesterday a rainbow appeared over Westminster Abbey and Parliament, as Londoners enjoy a beautiful red sky over Big Ben

Nature’s Own Memorial: Yesterday a rainbow appeared over Westminster Abbey and Parliament, as Londoners enjoy a beautiful red sky over Big Ben

Responding to Chris Ship, ITV's Royal Editor pointing out the issue, Ghanem Nuseibeh wrote on Twitter: 'Perhaps not ringing is in itself a sign of mourning, unplanned as the rainbow'

Responding to Chris Ship, ITV’s Royal Editor pointing out the issue, Ghanem Nuseibeh wrote on Twitter: ‘Perhaps not ringing is in itself a sign of mourning, unplanned as the rainbow’

Another social media user wrote: “Even Big Ben fell silent. [And then a crying face].’

The game was halted at the Emirates Stadium in Scotland for the Davis Cup so fans could observe the minute’s silence.

Prime Minister Liz Truss and her husband Hugh O’Leary observed a minute of silence outside number 10 Downing Street.

In Westminster Hall, where the Queen is in state, the line of mourners stood for 60 seconds.

The government had encouraged people to take a minute to think, either at home, at neighbors or in locally organized ceremonies.

Footage was seen of police officers and members of the public taking part in the silence at Waterloo Station and of firefighters at the North Kensington Fire Station in Notting Hill.

A small crowd of people in line for the Queen in state stopped at London Bridge and bowed their heads to observe the national minute of silence.

They applauded the end of the silence at 8:01 pm.

Dozens of Metropolitan Police officers also gathered silently next to mourners and later sang the national anthem.

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