A double rainbow was spotted over Buckingham Palace as the public gathered outside the place to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. People clicked multiple photos of the scene, which are now doing the rounds on social media.
The rainbows appeared shortly before the news of the Queen’s demise was announced by the Royal family. The Queen died on Thursday at the age of 96, after facing frequent episodes of health issues over the last year.
Double Rainbow Appears over Buckingham Palace
Many UK residents have gathered outside the palace to pay tribute and mourn the death of their beloved Queen. Peter Barnes, a campaign director who works in central London, told the media, “The mood is very sombre here at Buckingham Palace. Many people in the crowd commented on the rainbow with many taking photos.”
After a rainy afternoon, the rainbow was also visible over some other Landmarks across London, including Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial. Meanwhile, crowds gathered outside the palace in large numbers throughout the day ever since the news of the queen’s ill health came out. After the news of her death broke, the crowds began singing “God Save the Queen.”
People Mourn the Queen’s Demise Outside Buckingham Palace
London residents waited with bated breath for any news on their Queen’s health. A helicopter could also be heard circling overhead. About 1000 people can be seen around Buckingham Palace following the news of the Queen’s death. A woman laid the first bouquet at the Queen’s residence around 5 pm.
“The Queen means so much to so many people not just here in the UK but around the globe. The crowd is only getting bigger so I imagine it won’t be long until people begin laying flowers,” Peter Barnes added.
“The Queen means so much to so many people not just here in the UK but around the globe. The world has lost a bastion of stability and dignity putting country and duty above all else,” he continued.
King Charles Releases a Statement
The Royal family confirmed the demise of the Queen with a statement that read, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Soon the new King, Charles, also released a statement that read, “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother.”
He further added, “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
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