Double rainbow appears over Buckingham Palace as crowd gathers to mourn Queen

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Double rainbow appears over Buckingham Palace as crowd gathers to mourn Queen

A double rainbow has appeared over Buckingham Palace as members of the public gathered outside to pay their respects to the Queen.

People among the thousand-strong crowd outside the Palace gates in central London turned round to take pictures of the rainbow that appeared after a heavy downpour.

Buckingham Palace announced the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday.

The double rainbow outside Buckingham Palace (PA Wire)
The double rainbow outside Buckingham Palace (PA Wire)

Peter Barnes, 31, a campaign director who works in central London, told the PA news agency: “The mood is very sombre here at Buckingham Palace.

“Many people in the crowd commented on the rainbow with many taking photos.”

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The rainbow could be seen over major landmarks across the capital including Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial.

A woman laid the first bouquet at the Queen’s central London residence just after 5pm and the crowd outside Buckingham Palace has since grown to around 1,000 people.

A helicopter could be heard circling overhead as people waited quietly for any news on the well-being of the Queen.

The Queen means so much to so many people not just here in the UK but around the globe

Peter Barnes

Mr Barnes said: “The crowd is only getting bigger so I imagine it won’t be long until people begin laying flowers.

“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.”

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This new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has been released by The Royal Windsor Horse Show to mark the occasion of her 96th birthday. They are Fell ponies and the one on the right (in The Queen’s left hand) is called Bybeck Nightingale and the one on the left is Bybeck Katie . The image was taken in March in Windsor (PA)
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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 now carries the message: “Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022” along with the official statement issued by Buckingham Palace.