Queen Elizabeth II 1926–2022

A world in mourning remembers Queen Elizabeth II

Photos and videos taken across seven continents show flags lowered to half-staff, landmarks lit up and other commemorations.

Photos and videos taken across all seven continents show flags lowered to half-staff, landmarks lit up and mourners gathering to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

In Australia, an image of the Queen was projected onto the Sydney Opera House. Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up in the colors of the United Kingdom’s flag. Mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace as a double rainbow formed overhead.

Queen Elizabeth II served as the monarch of the British Commonwealth for 70 years. Following her death on September 8, she was immediately succeeded by her son, King Charles III, who delivered a speech in remembrance of his mother the following day.

“I pay tribute to my mother’s memory and I honor her life of service,” the King said. “I know that her death brings great sadness to so many of you and I share that sense of loss, beyond measure, with you all,” he added.

The United Kingdom has entered an official period of mourning, which began on Friday and will last until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, scheduled for September 19.

Follow across the globe to see scenes from all corners of the world as people honor and remember the life of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.


London, England

A double rainbow is seen as members of the public gather outside Buckingham Palace. Victoria Jones/PA Images/Getty Images

Prague, Czech Republic

A girl lights a candle to pay tribute to the Queen in front of the British Embassy in Prague. Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images

Paris, France

The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris were turned off in honor of the Queen. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Ottawa, Canada

People walk by as a tribute to the Queen appears on the National Arts Center in Ottawa. Patrick Doyle/Reuters

Toronto, Canada

Elton John pays tribute to the Queen on September 8, during a stop on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

New York City, USA

Harry Styles paying tribute to the Queen during his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 8. Sara Smart/CNN

Washington, D.C.

American flags fly half-mast at the Washington Monument with the US Capitol in the background. Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Santa Monica, California, USA

A television shows news of the Queen’s death as people gather at a British pub in Santa Monica, California. Getty Images

Tokyo, Japan

Members of a ballet company lay flowers outside the British Embassy in Tokyo. Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong

Mourners photograph a projection showing a tribute to the Queen outside of the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Shah Alam, Malaysia

Flowers and a tribute are set up next to wax figures of the Queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, at the i-City Red Carpet Wax Museum in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Vincent Thian/AP

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

A woman walks past local newspapers featuring the Queen. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Sydney, Australia

An image of the Queen is projected onto the Sydney Opera House. James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand Army’s 16 Field Regiment fired 96 rounds on September 9 in Wellington, New Zealand. Each round represented one year of Her Majesty’s life. Royal New Zealand Navy

Scott Base, Antarctica

A government agency responsible for New Zealand's activities in Antarctica tweeted a photo of the flag at Scott Base flying at half-staff. "The Queen's legacy will live on here and in Antarctica, where a portion of land is named Queen Elizabeth Land in her honour," the agency wrote. From Antarctica New Zealand/Twitter

Puri Beach, India

A sand sculpture of the Queen, created by sand artist Manas Sahoo, is seen at the Bay of Bengal Sea's Puri Beach. India remained a colony of the British Empire until 1947, nearly five years before the Queen ascended to the throne. The country celebrated its 75th anniversary of its independence from the monarchy in August. NurPhoto/Getty Images

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A portrait of the Queen superimposed with the Union Jack flag is projected upon the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Ryan Lim/AFP/Getty Images

Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Towers are illuminated with the British flag in Kuwait City. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

Tel Aviv, Israel

The Tel Aviv Municipality building is illuminated with the colors of the United Kingdom flag. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Nairobi, Kenya

A young girl holds an image of the Queen. Kenya remains part of the Commonwealth, now presided over by King Charles III. Donwilson Odhiambo/Getty Images

Harare, Zimbabwe

Men work to mount a portrait of the Queen at the Zimbabwe National Art Gallery. Formerly part of the British Empire, Prince Charles officially granted Zimbabwe independence in 1980. In 2003, the country formally withdrew from the Commonwealth. Jekesai Njikizania/AFP/Getty Images

Cape Town, South Africa

A man takes a picture of Cape Town’s City Hall, which is illuminated in the colors of the Union Jack flag. Esa Alexander/Reuters

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

The Christ the Redeemer statue is illuminated in the colors of the flag of the United Kingdom. Bruna Prado/AP

Santiago, Chile

A woman places a wreath outside the official residence of the British Embassy in Santiago. Sebastián Vivallo Oñate/Agencia Makro/Getty Images

Moscow, Russia

A participant carries a portrait before a remembrance service in honor of the Queen at the Anglican Church of St. Andrew in Moscow. Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

Warsaw, Poland

A man places flowers in front of the British Embassy in Warsaw. Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Berlin, Germany

A card with the inscription "Thank you Ma'am" lies between flowers in front of the British Embassy in Berlin. Christophe Gateau/Picture Alliance/Getty Images