A minute’s silence will be held today at 11.30am across London’s public transport network in memory of the 52 individuals killed in the 7/7 terror attack ten years ago.
When is it?
Tubes will stop at 11.30am to allow travellers a moment of silence. Elsewhere in the capital services – such as the ones in St Paul’s Cathedral and Tavistock Square – are expected to hold a minute’s silence.
Where is it?
On London’s Underground and at services around the capital.
Wimbledon has delayed its play from the usual starting time of 11.30am to 11.45am to allow players, spectators and officials to partake. Meanwhile, London leaders, including Mayor Boris Johnson, will join in a service in St Paul’s. Other services will take place in Tavistock Square – where 110 people were injured – and at the Hyde Park memorial to the 52 killed.
What else is happening to remember the victims?
The hashtag #WalkTogether has started trending across Twitter as thousands of commuters photograph themselves leaving their Tube a stop early and walking to work. The initiative, started by British Future, aims to remember the afternoon following the attacks when thousands took to London’s streets as public transport networks shut down.
Different services are being held across the capital. In St Paul’s Cathedral families’ of the victims, as well as survivors, are expected to attend a service starting at 11am. The minute’s silence will be marked by petals falling from the cathedrals’ dome and the lighting of four candles to remember the individual sites.
In the afternoon, Prince William will attend a more informal service at the Hyde Park memorial. There will be singing, recitals and a reading.
Why do we do it?
The origin of a minute’s silence is contested. Andy McSmith’s 2008 article lays out many of the history and common misconceptions – as well as the growing politicisation – of the silence.
Commemorative silence became a fixed occasion in Britain in 1919 following the First World War, however, the practise had been around for years. King Edward VII’s death in 1910 was marked by a minute’s silence, while silence was held in 1912 to honour the victims of the Titanic tragedy.
Quakers practised minute’s silence for around 300 years. Absent from political or religious connotations or implications, the method was widely picked up by English-speaking plural societies as an effective method for people to come together without compromising personal beliefs or affiliations.
In pictures: The 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings
In pictures: The 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings
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Security staff and workers from Hyde Park observe a minutes silence at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park
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People pause for a minutes silence at Kings Cross Underground station in London, as Britain remembers the July 7 attacks amid a welter of warnings about the enduring and changing threat from terrorism a decade on
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Members of staff working within the grounds observe a minutes silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
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Police officers within the grounds observe a minutes silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
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Representatives from 7 Company, Coldstream Guards and HQ London District join the national act of remembrance for the 7th July bombings 10th year anniversary beside the Ministry of Defence Main Building in central London and led by Rabbi Major Reuben Livingstone
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People observe a nationwide minute's silence on the 10 year anniversary of the 7/7 London attacks which killed 52 people, facing in the direction of a plaque and flowers laid at the location of where a suicide bomber blew themselves up during the morning rush hour on a bus in Tavistock Square
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George Psaradakis (centre), the driver of the number 30 bus which was blown up in Tavistock Square, looks at floral tributes left close to the scene of the bombings in London
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People stop to observe a minute's silence at Aldgate underground station, in memory of the victims of the July 7 bombings
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Flowers left by the July 7 memorial plaque at Aldgate Station, London, which names those who were killed in the bombings at the station
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Members of various religious groups pray during a service in St Paul's Cathedral, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London Bombings in London
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Poppy petals fall from the roof during a service in St Paul's Cathedral, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London Bombings in London
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A police officer looks at flowers left at Kings Cross Underground station in London
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Flowers left by the July 7 memorial plaque at Aldgate Station
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Boris Johnson and David Cameron place wreathes at the July 7 memorial in Hyde Park, London
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson take part in a wreath laying ceremony in London's Hyde Park, in memory of the 52 victims of the 7/7 London attacks
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, in Hyde Park
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From left: Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police, Adrian Leppard, Commissioner City of London Police, and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, carry wreathes at the July 7 memorial in Hyde Park
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People look at flowers left in Tavistock Square
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7/7 survivor Gill Hicks (centre) arrives with flowers at Russell Square tube station
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People embrace outside Edgware Road tube station, as Britain remembers the July 7 attacks
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A lady carrying flowers leaves Russell Square tube station
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Faith leaders promote religious unity in central London, as Britain prepares to mark 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people were killed
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Gill Hicks, (L) a survivor of the 7/7 London terror attacks, embraces police constable Andrew Maxwell outside Kings Cross Station in London, during an event to launch a walk by faith leaders promoting religious unity ahead of the anniversary of the attacks
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A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is pictured in London's Hyde Park
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The July 7 memorial in Hyde Park
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A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is cleaned in London's Hyde Park