Queen Elizabeth II dead: London’s black cabs line the mall

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The visually stunning tribute to the monarch was spontaneous (Image: Josh Milton/Chris Venables/WireImage)

Black taxis have been lined up along the Mall in a spectacular tribute to the Queen.

Lines of iconic Hackney carriages sauntered down to Buckingham Palace as crowds began to flock there.

The nation enters at least 12 days of official mourning and tributes pour in for the iconic monarch.

Wagie, 37, has been a black taxi driver for seven years. He told Metro.co.uk: “The Queen’s death is a sad moment for the nation.

“As London Taxi we came here to pay tribute and pay our respects to her.

“It’s a sad day. It is not just me, it is the whole nation – she represented and was like the mother of the whole nation.

“Most of us only know her as the Queen as she has been on the throne for 70 years.


Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on 8 September 2022.

She died aged 96 surrounded by her family at her Balmoral home, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex. Prince Torture.

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“I was here without anyone telling me, and everyone [other black cab drivers] it’s already here.

“It’s good to see everyone coming together – there are lots of people here today from other parts of the world, even if they’re on holiday or just passing through.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: London black taxis line The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace to pay silent tribute to Queen Elizabeth II 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 ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and the 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, leaving behind four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Black taxis began heading towards the mall after it was announced the Queen had died (Image: Getty)

Black Cabs line up at the mall to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth

Thousands have flocked to Buckingham Palace to pay their respects (Image: Josh Milton)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: London black taxis line The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace to pay silent tribute to Queen Elizabeth II 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 ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and the 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, leaving behind four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Columns of black cabs with their lights illuminated provided a quintessentially British scene (Image: Wireimage)

(Image: Chris Venables) @chrisjvenables Black cabs gather (as they do) at the mall - as a member of the English National Ballet pays their respects

A ballet dancer was seen performing on the Mall earlier today (Image: Chris Venables)

The news of the monarch’s death was confirmed by Buckingham Palace in a short announcement.

It read: “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and return to London tomorrow.”

New Prime Minister Liz Truss led tributes to the monarch with a statement from Downing Street.

Dressed in black, she said the news was a “huge shock to the nation and the world”.

“It is an extraordinary achievement to preside with such dignity and grace for 70 years,” he said. “The service life extended beyond most of our living memories.

“In return she was loved and admired by people in the UK and around the world.”

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