Royal fans were delighted to see a vivid double rainbow over Buckingham Palace and Westminster as the sun was setting this evening (September 18), on the eve of the late Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
Numerous Brits in the capital were left in awe at the sight as dozens of images were posted across social media.
Journalist Annelise Nielsen captured the amazing sight on camera, saying “A rainbow has just appeared in the Sky next to Buckingham Palace while the diplomatic reception is underway. Sensing a bit of a theme here”.
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The BBC’s Sophie Raworth caught an even wider perspective on the phenomenon. “As the sun set over Westminster tonight,” she wrote on Twitter, “the crowd gasped”.
And improving on the professionals’ efforts by capturing two images of the rainbow, Twitter user Leanne wrote: “Now this is a rainbow.
“What a special treat for Buckingham [Palace] tonight”.
It’s a remarkable sight, as the nation gears up for what may well be the most watched funeral in history.
Up to a million people are expected line the streets of London tomorrow (September 19) as Her Majesty's coffin is transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey amid scenes of solemn pomp not seen since the funeral of the late Queen Victoria.
King Charles III will be joined by political leaders and members of other royal families from around the world as he lays his mother to rest.
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And alongside the internationally famous dignitaries will be some 2,000 Armed Forces veterans, NHS staff and charity workers.
The ceremony will begin at 11am tomorrow morning, and will last around an hour. At noon, the last Post will sound out, followed by a two-minute silence across the country.
The service will be carried on practically every UK TV channel, and will be beamed around the world.
The most watched event on British TV is the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, on which was watched by over 32million people on September 6, 1997.
But as many as half the world's population – over four billion viewers – could be tuning in tomorrow as the Second Elizabethan Age comes to a sad close.
If TV experts’ predictions are correct, the Queen's state funeral would eclipse all other broadcasting records – including the Live8 concerts in 2005, Sydney's New Year Eve firework celebrations in 2010 and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
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