UK falls silent to mourn the Queen

STORY: Truss and husband Hugh O'Leary walked out of Number 10, Downing Street and stood side by side before returning inside.

Mourners paused their vigil at Westminster Hall where the late monarch is lying in state to reflect on the British sovereign's life. At the end of the tribute cheers could be heard outside among mourners still queuing up.

The minute's silence was also observed in Antrim Castle Gardens, Northern Ireland, Newport in Wales, and in Manchester, Corby, York Minster and Salisbury in England.

Britain has hosted a series of carefully choreographed ceremonies in the 10 days that have followed Elizabeth's death, reflecting the traditions and pageantry of a royal family whose lineage stretches back almost 1,000 years.

London's police force has described the funeral ceremony on Monday as the biggest security operation it has ever undertaken.

Britain has not held a state funeral on the scale planned for the queen since that for World War Two leader Winston Churchill in 1965.