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Cloud formation resembling Queen Elizabeth floats over English town just an hour after her death

A British woman has shared an image of a cloud formation resembling Queen Elizabeth hovering over an English city, captured just an hour after the monarch died.

Leanne Bethell, who lives in Telford in England’s western Midlands, shared the photo on Facebook, pointing out that it looked remarkably similar to the Queen wearing her signature hat.

“When you drive home, Lacey starts yelling OMG! I panicked. Then she pointed to this image in the clouds,” Ms Bethell said on Facebook.

Leanne Bethell, who lives in Telford in England's western Midlands, shared a photo on Facebook an hour after her death of a cloud formation that resembles Queen Elizabeth.

Leanne Bethell, who lives in Telford in England’s western Midlands, shared a photo on Facebook an hour after her death of a cloud formation that resembles Queen Elizabeth.

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A Buckingham Palace spokesperson released a statement at 3:30 a.m. AEST confirming her death, saying: ‘The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral. The King and Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

Britons weighed in on the oddly shaped cloud formation, and many said it was a sign from above.

“You only see it if you look for it. Maybe it’s a sign or maybe we’re just looking for a sign from above, who really knows?

“All I know is that this lady has devoted her life to us so with the utmost respect. RIP Queen Elizabeth II,” one user commented.

“My girlish Liz is always watching over us,” wrote another.

A double rainbow also appeared this afternoon over Buckingham Palace alongside another in Windsor Castle, with many saying the Queen had “sent us a sign” and that she “has really left us.”

Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II’s death was announced, a rainbow appeared to those anxiously waiting to hear the news outside the palace gates, with some saying the Queen had left it for the nation.

'You only see it if you look for it...Maybe it's a sign or maybe we're just looking for a sign from above, who really knows?  All I know is that this lady dedicated her life to us with the utmost respect.  RIP Queen Elizabeth II,

'You only see it if you look for it...Maybe it's a sign or maybe we're just looking for a sign from above, who really knows?  All I know is that this lady dedicated her life to us with the utmost respect.  RIP Queen Elizabeth II,

‘You only see it if you look for it…Maybe it’s a sign or maybe we’re just looking for a sign from above, who really knows? All I know is that this lady dedicated her life to us with the utmost respect. RIP Queen Elizabeth II,” one user commented

One twitter user said: ‘The rainbow in Windsor Castle made me cry. the rainbow queen sent us a sign.’

Another said: ‘A rainbow breaks out as the Union Jack is lowered at half-mast in Windsor tonight. A remarkable image. Farewell, ma’am.’

Others took it as a sign that the queen has “really left us” when the rainbows appeared shortly after news of the monarch’s death was announced.

The Queen's death will set Britain and her Commonwealth realms into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing

The Queen's death will set Britain and her Commonwealth realms into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing

The Queen’s death will set Britain and her Commonwealth realms into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing

A double rainbow even appeared over the Victoria Monument, leading some to say it's 'Queen Elizabeth with Prince Phillip'

A double rainbow even appeared over the Victoria Monument, leading some to say it's 'Queen Elizabeth with Prince Phillip'

A double rainbow even appeared over the Victoria Monument, leading some to say it’s ‘Queen Elizabeth with Prince Phillip’

In the hours leading up to Queen Elizabeth’s death, members of the royal family rushed to Balmoral to say goodbye.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson released a statement at 3:30 a.m. AEST confirming her death, saying: ‘The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral. The King and Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.’

Britain and her Commonwealth kingdoms will now enter a ten-day period of mourning.

The Queen’s casket will be moved to London by Royal Train before being laid out in state for four days in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, where hundreds of thousands of people can pay their respects.

The state funeral is expected to take place on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey in central London, which will be attended by her family, as well as 2,000 heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures in public life around the world.

Charles, who will reign as King Charles III, said today: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sorrow for me and all members of my family.

“We deeply mourn the passing of a beloved sovereign and dearly beloved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the rich and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of grief and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was held so widely.”

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