Mourners marvel at double rainbow that appeared over Buckingham Palace when Queen Elizabeth's death was announced

The rainbow could be seen over major landmarks in London such as Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial.

Mourners marvel at double rainbow that appeared over Buckingham Palace when Queen Elizabeth's death was announced
A double rainbow appeared above Buckingham Palace an hour prior to Queen Elizabeth II's death (David Bebber, Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: On Thursday afternoon, an hour prior to Queen Elizabeth's death announcement, a double rainbow appeared over Buckingham Palace in London. Passersby couldn't help but stop and marvel at nature's wonder that appeared after a heavy downpour of rain. 

An hour later, Buckingham Palace announced that the 96-year-old monarch "died peacefully" at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. A crowd immediately began gathering outside the royal palace in London to not only marvel at the rainbows but also to pay their respects to the Queen. The rainbow could be seen over major landmarks in London such as Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial.

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A rainbow is seen behind the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace following the death today of Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, on September 8, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is survived by her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke Of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex.
A rainbow is seen behind the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace following the death today of Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, on September 8, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

 

Buckingham Palace said, "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.” The royal family's official website too paid homage to the late monarch with the message, "Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022” along with the official statement issued by Buckingham Palace.

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Earlier on Thursday, Buckingham Palace issued a statement about the Queen's health. "The Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral." Shortly after the Queen's death, her oldest son King Charles III became the heir apparent to the throne. He paid a moving tribute to his mother calling her "a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother". 

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At the time of her death, Queen Elizabeth II was surrounded by her family, including King Charles III, his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, the only daughter of the monarch, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Harry. 

The Queen made her last public appearance on Tuesdaym when she welcomed Liz Truss to Balmoral, to appoint her as the new prime minister of England. Owing to the nonagenarian mobility issues, a historic decision was made to appoint Truss as the prime minister at Balmoral instead of at Buckingham Palace. 

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Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952,  after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is survived by her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke Of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex. 

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