Fears that Big Ben would fall silent for the Queen’s funeral proved unfounded today after the bells rang out as planned during the final procession through central London.
Officials at the Houses of Parliament launched an ‘urgent’ investigation into the famous bell – which is housed in the Elizabeth Tower, named after Her Majesty in 2012 during her Diamond Jubilee – after it failed to strike at the start of last night’s minute’s silence.
But Big Ben did chime 96 times – to mark the former sovereign’s age – this afternoon as the coffin was taken on a gun carriage from Westminster Abbey.
Fears were mounting after last night’s hiccup, with one royal writer questioning whether someone shouting ‘bong’ to simulate Big Ben ringing constituted a ‘contingency plan’.
Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the route from Westminster Abbey after the state funeral, which left King Charles III in tears.
The Queen’s coffin, followed by the King, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Duke of…