Church bells ring to pay respects to Queen

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Churches across Australia rang their church bells at midday Friday on 9 September to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth passed away aged 96 on Thursday afternoon. She was the longest serving Monarch in UK history.

Coronated in 1952, her reign was marked by enormous social change. Her coronation was the first to be aired on television, despite Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s objections at the time that “modern mechanical arrangements” would damage the coronation’s magic, and “religious and spiritual aspects should [not] be presented as if it were a theatrical performance.”