A two-minute silence has been held in London and many other parts of the world in memory of the victims of the London bombings.
At least 48 people were killed and 700 others were injured in the blasts. Four bombers are also believed to have died. Millions of people, regardless of their faith, have been stirred by the traumatic events of last Thursday and today’s show of strength reflected the resilence of the city’s inhabitants as well as their pain and sorrow. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth stood in silence at Buckingham Palace. In London’s Trafalgar Square, a giant banner declared “One City, One World.” Taxis and buses pulled over, workers left their offices to stand in the street and financial markets paused to remember the dead. In Italy, government offices, railway stations and airports paused while television stations cut into normal broadcasting to honour the London dead. In Paris, President Jacques Chirac’s annual Bastille day television address was put back so the French could mark the moment. Chirac stood silent on the steps of the Elysee Palace. Later thousands are expected to attend a vigil at Trafalgar Square to pay their respects and thank rescue and medical staff.