A double rainbow was visible over Elizabeth Tower in Westminster, London, following a rain shower on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II Thursday afternoon. (Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

  • After rain showers, rainbows were seen across skies in many cities around the U.K.
  • The sight came on the day Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Photos show rainbows and double rainbows over Elizabeth Tower and Buckingham Palace as well as over Windsor Castle.

A​fter a day of rain showers, rainbows graced the skies in many locations across the United Kingdom on Thursday. Photos show rainbows and double rainbows over Elizabeth Tower and Buckingham Palace in London, as well as over Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

I​t was a bit of beauty on the day that the Royal Family announced Queen Elizabeth II’s death at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Her death was announced at 6:30 p.m. local time, though crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace earlier Thursday as news spread of her ailing health.

T​he U.K. is no stranger to rain, in fact the country is well-known for its gloomy weather. However, it’s less known for sunshine, which, along with rain, is needed to create a rainbow as seen in the skies on Thursday.

The rainbow made for a lovely backdrop across famous U.K. monuments and buildings where the Union Jack flag was flown at half-staff. C​lick through the slideshow above to see images of the rainbows throughout London and the U.K. on Thursday.

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