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The United Kingdom is silently preparing to bid farewell to Elizabeth

Big Ben, London’s great clock, also remained silent. The whole of the UK joined on Sunday at 8pm. A minute of national silence in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II, whose state funeral will be held today

Leaders and heads of state from around the world gather in London for the funeral, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Honorary Spanish King Juan Carlos I and US President Joe Biden. About 500 VIPs are expected to take part in the service at Westminster Abbey.

Mourners lined up patiently on Sunday, some for more than 14 hours, to pay their respects to the king who ruled for seven decades.

So a woman said, “We hugged the people in line behind us when we left. Everything is well organized, and all the security guards are very friendly.”

Adds a man: “It would be very exciting, but I thought it was important to come and be honored after 70 years of service.”

Thousands of people have defied a warning from authorities urging people to stop lining up to pay their respects to the Queen’s coffin before officials seal the casket. Some of them despite their last desperate run to join the queue, were unable to do so.

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