Yesterday, on September 8, 2022, Britian’s longest reigning monarch passed away. In the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with some countries waking up to the news in the ensuing hours, tributes have poured in. Billboards around London switched over to broadcast the news, and a simple sign was affixed to the gates of Buckingham Palace to serve notice of the death. Plenty have taken to socials to pay their respects.
One of the first statements came from His Majesty King Charles III, expressing his sadness at the death of his Mother:
Preparations are underway for the funeral and period of mourning, and a military procession that will take place on Monday. Across London and the UK many events have been paused or cancelled, and some sites and shops have announced closures. Theatres momentarily dimmed or turned off their lights, as well as observing moments of silence before productions proceeded. Theatrical performances will proceed throughout the period of mourning, in accordance with guidance from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Mercury Prize, due to take place on September 8, was delayed in the wake of the announcement of the Queen’s passing.
World leaders have put out statements of respect and tribute:
Across the country, flags at Royal Residences and UK Government buildings are flying at half-mast. Venues and landmarks across the UK dimmed or turned off their lights last night to pay respect. The Shard dimmed to purple lighting. Internationally, the Eiffel Tower turned off their lights for the evening, while The Empire State Building was lit up in purple and silver.
Companies from around the world have also paid tribute to the Queen in a myriad of ways:
Tributes and respects have come from absolutely everywhere:
London institution All On The Board paid their respects in their typically heartfelt manner:
Even Paddington Bear paid his respects:
You can share your own respects and tribute by signing the online book of condolences.
Queen Elizabeth II, April 21, 1926 – September 8, 2022.