Just as news of Queen Elizabeth’s death was announced, rainbows appeared over several locations, including Windsor Castle, where the Union flag had been lowered, and outside Buckingham Palace where crowds had gathered. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died Thursday at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on 21 April 1926 in London, she was the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York. Elizabeth formally acceded to the throne in 1952.
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Vivid rainbows temporarily roused moods, but the mood turned dire when the seismic news was announced on Thursday. Tearful crowd outside Buckingham Palace sang a “God Save the Queen”.
Some wept as the flag was lowered on the Queen’s London residence, before a stunned silence fell over the crowd.
Hundreds of people had gathered outside Buckingham Palace to brave torrential rain after doctors announced the monarch had been placed under medical supervision at Balmoral, her Scottish estate.
The royal family posted a statement on their official site on Thursday saying: “The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and will return to London tomorrow.”
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Tributes poured in from all over the world. Leaders and politicians mourned the death of the British Queen on Twitter.
“I had memorable encounters with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my visits to the UK in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness.” During one of the meetings, she showed me the handkerchief that Mahatma Gandhi gave her at her wedding. had donated. I will always cherish that gesture,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
US President Joe Biden visited the British Embassy in Washington with First Lady Jill Biden to sign a register of condolences following the death of the Queen.
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it the saddest day in the country.
“In the hearts of each of us there is pain at the passing of our Queen, a deep and personal sense of loss – perhaps much more intense than we expected,” he said.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth, her eldest son Charles became the new monarch. Ten days of mourning have been declared over the death of Elizabeth II, who was formally head of state in 15 countries.