Kate Middleton says Queen Elizabeth was ‘looking down on us’ after a number of rainbows appeared over Balmoral


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The British royal household felt Queen Elizabeth II’s presence when 5 rainbows appeared over Balmoral Castle the day after she died.

The monarch handed away on Sept. 8 at her beloved Scottish property. She was 96.

On Thursday, Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, met with volunteers and operational workers who helped set up the committal service for the late queen on Monday. It was there that William revealed that a number of rainbows appeared over Balmoral Castle the day after his grandmother’s passing.

“In Scotland, how many rainbows turned up?” the 40-year-old requested his spouse at Windsor Guildhall. “You hardly ever see rainbows up there, but there were five.”

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Catherine, Princess of Wales within the Ceremonial Procession, after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19, 2022, in London.
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“Her Majesty was looking down on us,” the Princess of Wales replied.

Rainbows additionally appeared at two historic U.Okay. landmarks in latest days, People journal reported. Shortly earlier than Elizabeth’s demise was introduced, a double rainbow broke via the clouds over Buckingham Palace. The outlet additionally reported that on the day earlier than her funeral, one other rainbow ignited the sky over the Palace of Westminster, because the queen’s coffin was mendacity in state.

On Monday night, the late monarch was laid to relaxation within the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her husband Prince Philip, father King George VI, mom Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.

“She had no wish to see a statue of herself or to even have a separate burial chamber within St. George’s Chapel,” historian Robert Hardman, writer of “Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II,” instructed People journal on this week’s cowl story.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive to meet and thank volunteers and operational staff on Sept. 22, 2022, in Windsor, United Kingdom.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales arrive to fulfill and thank volunteers and operational workers on Sept. 22, 2022, in Windsor, United Kingdom.
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“As her cousin Margaret Rhodes once said to me,’ She wanted to make her father proud,’” he added.

At least 250,000 folks joined the massive line to see Elizabeth’s coffin mendacity in state for 4 days in London’s Westminster Hall at Parliament, an official mentioned Tuesday.

The determine was launched a day after Britain ended 10 days of nationwide mourning for the late monarch. On Monday, a whole lot of world leaders and dignitaries attended her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, and large crowds thronged the streets of London and Windsor to witness historical past and bid a remaining farewell to their queen earlier than she was laid to relaxation in Windsor.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan mentioned officers had been nonetheless “crunching the numbers,” however estimated that a few quarter-million folks joined the longest queue most have ever seen for an opportunity to file previous the queen’s coffin from September 14 till shortly earlier than her state funeral on Monday.

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A rainbow appears over Buckingham Palace shortly before the queen's death was announced in London Sept. 8, 2022. 

A rainbow seems over Buckingham Palace shortly earlier than the queen’s demise was introduced in London Sept. 8, 2022. 
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Many within the queue waited for as much as 13 hours, braving the autumnal chill and spending total nights shuffling for miles alongside the River Thames to pay their respects. The London Ambulance Service mentioned workers and volunteers cared for round 2,000 individuals who lined up and took 240 in for hospital remedy.

More than 26 million folks within the U.Okay. watched the queen’s funeral service on tv, provisional figures present, making the occasion one of many nation’s biggest-ever TV audiences. That compares to about 32.1 million viewers who watched Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

British media together with Sky News reported that King Charles III and his spouse Camilla, the queen consort, flew to Scotland on Tuesday to grieve privately.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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