Live updates: Britain holds moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth II ahead of funeral

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People across Britain paused for a minute of silence Sunday evening in memory of Queen Elizabeth II on the eve of her funeral.

The government had encouraged people to spend a minute in reflection, either at home, with neighbors or in locally organized ceremonies.

In Westminster Hall, where the queen is lying in state, the line of mourners halted for 60 seconds.

In Windsor, where the queen will be laid to rest on Monday after her funeral at Westminster Abbey, rain began to fall as the crowd fell silent for the moment of reflection. The rain stopped as the crowd erupted in applause.

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US President Joe Biden pays respects to queen, gives condolences to King Charles III

President Joe Biden signs a book of condolence at Lancaster House in London following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The president signed the official condolence book and attended a reception Sunday at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III before he attends the queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

Biden is among many world leaders who traveled to the United Kingdom to honor Queen Elizabeth’s long reign.

During his visit, Biden told media the queen “was the same in person as her image: decent, honorable and all about service.” 

“Our hearts go out to the royal family, King Charles and all of the family. It’s a loss that leaves a giant hole and sometimes you think you’ll never overcome it,” the president said, adding that he told Charles the queen will be with him “every step of the way, every moment.”

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