Queen Elizabeth II's death represents profound turning point in British history

Queen Elizabeth died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96. PHOTO: AFP
Queen Elizabeth II with (from left) Duchess Camilla, Prince Charles, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Duchess Catherine and Prince Louis, on June 5, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in the House of Lords, on June 4, 2014. Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in April 2021. PHOTO: AFP
News that the queen’s health was deteriorating emerged shortly after midday on Thursday. PHOTO: AFP
Queen Elizabeth II attending the State Banquet at the Istana with then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew during a state visit in 1989. PHOTO: ST FILE
Queen Elizabeth II (centre) in Westminster Abbey on her coronation day in London, on June 2, 1953. PHOTO: INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their three children Prince Charles (right), Princess Anne (left) and Prince Andrew (centre) in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, on Sept 9, 1960. PHOTO: AFP
Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain on June 7, 1951. She ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb 6, 1952. PHOTO: AFP
A union flag flies at half mast atop Buckingham Palace after the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had died, on Sept 8, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - Thousands of Britons braved torrential rain to stand at the gates of Buckingham Palace in central London throughout the night on Thursday.

They were not expecting anything to happen but were there just because they could not think of any other way of mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the country's longest-reigning monarch.

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