London (dpa-AFX) – Bells tolled across Great Britain at exactly twelve o’clock (1:00 pm CEST) on Friday in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II. She died on Thursday at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Windsor Castle, where the queen last lived, and her Balmoral country estate in Scotland. Hundreds of churches agreed. The Queen was head of the Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion. That role is now held by his son, King Charles III.
In Parliament, known for its loud debates and lively clashes between the government and the opposition, MPs, most of them dressed in black, remembered the monarch with a deep silence and bowed head. The House of Commons will sit until 10pm (11pm CEST) to allow as many MPs as possible to remember the Queen. At 6:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. CEST), the Speaker of Parliament announced that the session would be adjourned so that MPs could hear the new monarch’s first public address./oe/DP/mis
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