Armistice Day: Parliament's official Twitter account apologises for breaking two minute silence

Scheduled tweet was published at 11.01am

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Parliament's official Twitter account has apologised after it sent out a tweet during the two-minute silence held this morning to mark Armistice Day.

Thousands gathered around the Tower of London to hear the bugler sound the Last Post just before the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

At the same time, people across the UK fell silent at 11am to remember the servicemen and women killed in the First World War.

The silence was also observed by many on social media - but not by the official Twitter account for Parliament, which published a scheduled tweet about the ongoing investigation into historic child abuse at 11.01am.


The tweet was immediately met with a flurry of angry responses from people, who criticised it for having “no respect” for the traditional minutes of remembrance.

Parliament's web team apologised for the blunder on their social media account, writing: “We regret that a scheduled tweet coincided with today’s silence.

“We will ensure that this does not happen again.”

The UK Parliament account was not the only one to come under fire for breaking the silence.

Warwick Davis came under fire for tweeting about his free luggage at 11.01am, complete with a picture of the Harry Potter actor grinning.

Davis also apologised for his ill-timed tweet, saying he had written the tweet "much earlier" but it had failed to send.