Mourners marvel as single ray of sunlight shines on Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin

Mourners marvel as single ray of sunlight shines on Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin
The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, passes down the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, on the journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: A picture captured the moment when a single ray of sunlight shone from the sky onto Queen Elizabeth II's coffin. The picture was taken during a procession that took her to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Thousands of people lined the street during the procession to bid farewell to Britain's longest-serving monarch. The procession was led by King Charles III. The Queen died at Balmoral on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96.

The image shows a beam of light falling in a direct line on the black hearse in which the Queen's coffin was transported. During the procession in which the ray of light was sighted, a lone bagpiper from Balmoral played a lament. The Queen was carried from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where she had been laid to rest. The coffin was lowered into the hearse to the strains of the national anthem as King Charles and his siblings, Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, looked on. They then marched behind their mother for 1,200 meters.


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Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets and applauded as the queen was brought into the cathedral. Her family and a congregation from all sectors of Scottish society attended a service in the cathedral giving thanks for her life. The Queen's coffin was draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland. Flowers covering the coffin included white spray roses, white freesia, white button chrysanthemums, dried white heather from Balmoral, spray eryngium, foliage, rosemary, hebe, and pittosporum.


This is not the only symbolic moment after the Queen's passing. A few days ago, people saw a double rainbow over Buckingham Palace and another rainbow on Windsor Castle. The rainbow was seen over important London landmarks such as the Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial. As in the recent case of sunshine, passersby were amazed at the rainbow that appeared after a heavy downpour.

At the time of her death, the Queen was surrounded by her family, including King Charles III, his wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, the monarch's only daughter, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Harry. In her last public appearance before her death, she received Liz Truss at Balmoral to appoint her as the new Prime Minister of England.

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