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Queens honors the Queen: US Open holds moment of silence for Her Majesty

Queens honors the queen: US Open holds moment of silence ahead of women’s singles semifinals in honor of Her Majesty after her death at age 96 earlier in the day

  • A moment of silence was held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II at the US Open
  • It took place before a semi-final match between Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia
  • The US Open is held in Queens, New York, which is named after another monarch
  • The Queen died earlier Thursday at the age of 96. Her 73-year-old son Charles is now king
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s death

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A moment of silence was held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II during Thursday night’s US Open semifinal between Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia following the death of the 96-year-old monarch earlier in the day.

The annual tennis tournament takes place at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium in the borough of Queens, which is believed to be named after another late monarch, Catherine of Braganza, who was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland during her marriage to King Charles II from 1662 to 1685.

The US Open wasn’t the only sporting event to hold a moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. British football clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham all did so in their respective games against European rivals, while the NFL honored her for the season opener in Los Angeles between the Rams and a visit to Buffalo Bills. Likewise, the New York Yankees held a minute of silence for the Queen in the Bronx before Thursday night’s game.

An image of Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium during a moment of silence before the start of the women's singles semifinals of the US Open tennis championships

An image of Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium during a moment of silence before the start of the women’s singles semifinals of the US Open tennis championships

The annual tennis tournament takes place at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium in the borough of Queens, which is believed to be named after another late monarch, Catherine of Braganza, who was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland during her marriage to King Charles II from 1662 to 1685

The annual tennis tournament takes place at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium in the borough of Queens, which is believed to be named after another late monarch, Catherine of Braganza, who was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland during her marriage to King Charles II from 1662 to 1685

The annual tennis tournament takes place at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium in the borough of Queens, which is believed to be named after another late monarch, Catherine of Braganza, who was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland during her marriage to King Charles II from 1662 to 1685

Caroline Garcia of France (L) and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia observe a moment of silence at the net before Queen Elizabeth II's semifinal match at the US Open

Caroline Garcia of France (L) and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia observe a moment of silence at the net before Queen Elizabeth II's semifinal match at the US Open

Caroline Garcia of France (L) and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia observe a moment of silence at the net before Queen Elizabeth II’s semifinal match at the US Open

Members of the New York Yankees stand during a moment of silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Thursday

Members of the New York Yankees stand during a moment of silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Thursday

Members of the New York Yankees stand during a moment of silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Thursday

The Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era when the British Empire was falling apart and her own family was embarrassingly dysfunctional, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne.

The palace announced that she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had rushed to her after her health deteriorated.

Linking to the nearly vanished generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known.

Her 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically became king and will be known as King Charles III, his office announced. British monarchs have historically chosen new names when ascending the throne. Charles’s second wife, Camilla, will be known as the Queen Consort.

Although she was fond of horse racing, the Queen occasionally appeared at tennis matches over the years, usually at Wimbledon in London.

She awarded Australian Rod Laver the Wimbledon trophy in 1962 and did the same for Britain’s Virginia Wade after her singles title in 1977. She was also present in 2010 – 33 years after her last appearance at the tournament.

Australian Rod Laver is congratulated by Queen Elizabeth II after the 1962 final

Australian Rod Laver is congratulated by Queen Elizabeth II after the 1962 final

Australian Rod Laver is congratulated by Queen Elizabeth II after the 1962 final

British tennis star Virginia Wade with the trophy she won after beating Dutch Betty Stove in the Wimbledon final.  The trophy was presented by Queen Elizabeth II (left) during her Silver Jubilee year, 1977

British tennis star Virginia Wade with the trophy she won after beating Dutch Betty Stove in the Wimbledon final.  The trophy was presented by Queen Elizabeth II (left) during her Silver Jubilee year, 1977

British tennis star Virginia Wade with the trophy she won after beating Dutch Betty Stove in the Wimbledon final. The trophy was presented by Queen Elizabeth II (left) during her Silver Jubilee year, 1977

The Duke of Kent (L) and Queen Elizabeth II watch Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London , England

The Duke of Kent (L) and Queen Elizabeth II watch Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London , England

The Duke of Kent (L) and Queen Elizabeth II watch Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London , England

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets ball boys and girls during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on June 24, 2010. Queen Elizabeth II appears at Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets ball boys and girls during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on June 24, 2010. Queen Elizabeth II appears at Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets ball boys and girls during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on June 24, 2010. Queen Elizabeth II appears at Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years


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