Queen’s death: Mourners gather at Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to the Queen | UK news

The majority of Britons have only lived under the reign of the Queen.

And thousands of them chose to pay their respects Britain’s longest-reigning monarch gathering outside Buckingham Palace in the pouring rain.

While the atmosphere was somber, sudden bursts of “God Save the Queen“He got booed at times by the crowd.

People of all ages and from faraway lands braved the bad weather to bid an emotional farewell to the country’s 70-year monarch.

Touching scenes outside Buckingham Palace – Final tributes to the Queen

Some had brought flowers outside the palace gates, others chose to share a toast under their spontaneous purchase on the way – a Union Jack umbrella.

Everyone had different, personal reasons for flocking to Buckingham Palace tonight.

But everyone wanted to witness a moment of history.

Sarah headed straight to Buckingham Palace after finishing her 12-hour shift at retailer John Lewis. She told Sky News she felt compelled to lay some flowers for the Queen because “she’s been strong for so long”.

“She’s our queen, she’s the only one I’ve ever known.”

Linda jumped on a train to London from Brighton as soon as she heard the news.

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Linda said she felt a ‘duty’ to visit the Queen’s London residence

“I felt it was my duty to be here tonight,” he said, “she was such an incredible woman – an inspiration.”

Speaking about how her grandfather used to work for the Metropolitan Police around Buckingham Palace, she added: “It’s what he would have wanted.”

Mohammed, Awale and Alice took photos with a Union Jack bearing the Queen’s portrait.

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Mohammed, Awale and Alice said they were shocked to hear of the queen’s death

Awale said he cried at the news. He spoke of how his friend had been on a young leaders program linked to the palace and was to meet the Queen.

“I just thought he wasn’t going to die – he’s been around me all my life,” she said.

Working in the technology sector, Awale praised the Queen for “making the world better connected”.

Meanwhile, Alice said she had arrived in central London for her nanny who wanted to be there herself but whose mobility problems prevented her from doing so.

“She was our inspiration,” he said. “I will remember this day forever.”

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Hundreds placed bouquets at the palace’s wrought iron gates

Collette, Sarah and Nicki changed their evening plans to pay their respects.

“It’s terribly sad,” said Colette, “we just had to be here tonight.”

Noting that the Queen officially appointed new Prime Minister Liz Truss just two days ago, the group said she had “done her duty to the hilt”.

Chris, Aaron and Drew laid flowers next to a letter to the Queen signed by people who couldn’t make it to Buckingham Palace tonight but wanted to pay their respects.

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Chris, Drew and Aaron left a letter and flowers for the Queen

“After a lifetime of service, it feels right to be here tonight,” Chris said.

“The news is incredibly sad, but it was expected at some point – it was 96.

“When I heard the news, I just wanted to call all the people I love.

“We brought a card because we have friends who couldn’t be here and we thought it was a great way to show respect and gratitude.”

Myla and Teddy, aged 16, said they felt they had grown up with the Queen just as their parents and grandparents had.

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Myla and Teddy said the day was both sad and celebratory

They described the day as “sad” but also “celebratory” because the Queen “lived such a long life”.

Others were from further afield but still felt a closeness to the Queen and wanted to visit Buckingham Palace to experience the atmosphere.

Consuelo and Treena, from Chile, said they felt the atmosphere outside Buckingham Palace was “special” and wanted to be a part of it.

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“She is dear so far,” said Consuelo.

“People think of the United Kingdom and they think of the Queen.”

Juliet, from France, said she felt today was “the end of an institution”.

“I love the royals, they touched all of our lives,” she said. “As a woman she was so empowering.”

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Ange, visiting the UK from New Zealand, asked her grandmother back home to place a bouquet at the palace’s wrought iron gates.

He described the Queen as a “faithful servant” to the Commonwealth and said she was “very disappointed” to hear the news of her death earlier in the evening.

“You thought he would be around her forever,” he added.

Olga and Jo, from Poland, said it was a “very sad day”, adding: “We feel lucky to be here”.

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Olga and Joe said they felt lucky to be able to visit Buckingham Palace tonight

They said they chose to plant sunflowers for the Queen as “she was always smiling”.

While Gee, from London, wanted to pay her respects to the Queen in a “quintessentially British” way – she sat outside Buckingham Palace with a bottle of Prosecco to toast her and a packet of prawn cocktail crisps.

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“It’s just such a moment in history,” he said.

Heading away from Buckingham Palace, dozens gathered at London bus stops, which displayed portraits of the Queen in tribute.

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“What a beautiful British way to mark such a sad day,” remarked one woman.

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