Australia to hold moment of silence for the Queen on Thursday

Australians have been invited to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and take part in a moment of silence on the National Day of Mourning on Thursday.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declared a one-off national public holiday for the day.

There will be a National Memorial Service at Parliament House in Canberra, starting with one minute's silence that will be observed at 11am.

The National Memorial Service will be broadcast live for all Australians to watch.

Queen Elizabeth II, has her photo taken as she walks through the crowd at the Great Aussie Barbecue in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. On Thursday, there will be a moment of silence to honour her.
Queen Elizabeth Il last visited Australia in 2011. On Thursday, there will be a moment of silence to honour her. Source: AP

Australians and organisations have also been "invited" to observe the moment of silence for Her Majesty.

While there was no official period of mourning in Australia, following the Queen's death, it was suggested Australian flags fly at half mast from September 9 until today, Tuesday, September 20.

However, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet explained why one prominent flag — the Governor-General's flag, was at full mast throughout that period.

"Vice-Regal Standards, such as the Governor-General’s Standard, are to remain at full-mast," it was explained.

"It represents the Monarchy, which is continuous, and it would therefore be inappropriate for it to fly at half-mast."

The Australian national flag and the Aboriginal flag are seen at half mast atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a sign of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 17, 2022 in Sydney, Australia
Flags have been flying at half-mast since the Queen's death. Source: Getty Images

Queen laid to rest overnight, staffer collapses

On Monday night Australian time, the Queen's body was taken from London's Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service attended by what has been described as one of the largest gatherings of world leaders.

Among those leaders was Mr Albanese, who BBC commentators seemingly did not recognise during their broadcast. Governor-General David Hurley was also in attendance.

The crown of Queen Elizabeth II is seen on her coffin as it is carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for her state funeral in London, England on Monday, September 19, 2022
Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, died after 70 years on the throne. Source: Jasper Colt-USA TODAY/Sipa USA /AAP Image

While some 2000 people filed into Westminster Abbey for the funeral, more disturbing scenes were seen outside.

A Buckingham Palace household staff person was seen collapsed on the ground following the State Funeral.

In another incident, a police officer had to be carried away from Westminster Abbey after he collapsed while standing guard of the Queen ahead of the funeral.

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