Yesterday (8 September) at 12.32pm, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health. Not long after, people began to gather outside Buckingham Palace in anticipation.
At around 6.30pm, BBC newsreader Huw Edwards made the announcement that the UK’s longest-reigning monarch had died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96. Thousands of people descended on Buckingham Palace, with groups singing the national anthem, laying flowers, playing trumpets and vying to get a photo with the official statement outside the Palace announcing the Queen’s death. The large crowds remained even as the rain started to pour.
The government is yet to confirm the length of national mourning, which is expected to be 12 days, PA Media reports, from now up to the day after the Queen’s funeral. Ministers will also announce that the funeral day will be a public holiday.
Photographer Theo McInnes went down to Buckingham Palace to capture the action there.
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