A brilliant rainbow appeared over Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle as crowds gathered to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
According to Bloomberg, Buckingham Palace’s rainbow was a double rainbow. People also shared videos of the living rainbow.
You can see photos of the rainbow in this article. The rainbow also appeared when the Union Jack flag was lowered to half-mast at Windsor Castle in honor of the Queen, who died on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96.
“As the flag is lowered to half-mast over Windsor Castle, an incredible rainbow appears over the castle for a few minutes, and then it’s just gone…” wrote Chris Jackson, a Getty Images photographer. The Queen spent part of her childhood at Windsor Castle during the Second World War.
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According to Bloomberg, the rainbow “was seen over key landmarks in the capital, including the Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial.”
The rainbow appeared as crowds gathered to honor the Queen, the Daily Mail reported.
“Double rainbow, our Queen is reunited with her beloved Prince Philip.” wrote one man on Twitter. “It was quite dramatic when a double rainbow 🌈 appeared over London Bridge today as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lay dying.” wrote another.
Crowds began singing the national anthem at Windsor Castle, according to the Daily Mail.
Prince Charles became King Charles III immediately after the death of his mother, although his coronation will take some time.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96. Charles was the Prince of Wales and her heir; the royal family already calls him “king”.
The Royal Family announced the sad news on September 8, 2022, writing: “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
In an opinionThe new King Charles said his mother’s death was “a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”.
King Charles’ statement continued: “We deeply mourn the passing of a esteemed sovereign and a well-loved mother. I know their loss will be deeply felt across the land, in the rich and in the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
He added, “During this time of grief and change, my family and I are comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection that was so widespread for the Queen.”
The Queen’s family, including Charles and his wife Camilla, rushed to her bedside at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 as fears over her health escalated. The Queen has struggled with mobility issues and has looked increasingly frail since the death of her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 aged 99. The official cause of death was not yet clear.
Camilla will be known as the Queen Consort. That was a position the Queen took publicly last spring.
Elizabeth II became queen in 1952, but her coronation took place in 1953, according to Biography.com.
The Queen’s death was known by the code name “London Bridge”.
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