Churches are tolling their bells today in honour of the Queen after she died on Thursday at the age of 96.
Parish churches, chapels and cathedrals will toll their bells for an hour on Friday, starting at noon.
Bellringers will employ a special technique used only for the death of a sovereign which involves sounding fully muffled bells fitted with pads on either side of the bell clapper to create a unique echo effect.
Churches and cathedrals across the country have opened their doors to welcome in mourners for a moment of prayer and quiet reflection, or to light a candle.
Special services are also being planned and churches with flag poles are being advised to fly them at half until the day after the Queen’s funeral and for a period following the proclamation of the new King.
The Bishop of Lichfield, Michael Ipgrave, said:…