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Monuments around the world light up in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
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Monuments around the world light up in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The world has united in grief following the Queen's passing.

There are few events that can unite the world, but the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has brought everyone together in mourning the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch.

The love which people shared for the Queen has been brought to the fore, with many of the globe’s iconic landmarks paying tribute to her astonishing 70-year reign.

Her longevity is all the more incredible when you consider that at least nine out of every 10 people living in the world today were born during Elizabeth II's reign.

The Sydney Opera House was lit up with an image of the late Queen.
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That’s according to the CIA's world factbook, which explains that 9.7 percent of the world's population are aged 65 or over, and since the Queen reigned for 70 years it means that at the very least around nine in 10 people living today were born while she was on the throne.

Another mind-boggling stat is that over nine billion people have been born into the world at a time when Elizabeth was Queen.

It is this incredible reign which is now being celebrated across world, as a number of striking images showed the stunning tributes being paid to Her Majesty.

The Empire State building was lit up to pay tribute to the Queen.

The Empire State Building in New York City was lit up by purple and silver light overnight to honour the Queen’s life.

Meanwhile, the Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up in the Union Jack colours of red, blue and white in solidarity with the UK.

Sport also paid its tribute to Her Majesty, as cyclists competing at the Vuelta a Espana were pictured remembering Elizabeth II at Talavera De La Reina in Spain.

The Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up to honour Queen Elizabeth II.
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Cyclists remember the Queen at the Vuelta a Espana.

Elton John, a man often synonymous with the Royal family after playing an emotional rendition of his song 'Candle In The Wind' at Princess Diana’s funeral, also paid tribute to the Queen.

He showcased his immeasurable musical talents again in the aftermath of the Queen’s passing at a concert in Toronto, Canada, where a portrait of Her Majesty was shown on the big screens.

Elton John remembers the life of the Queen.
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Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

Attention now inevitably turns to the future and the reign of King Charles III. The line of succession has now changed with the Duke of Cambridge next in line for the throne, ahead of his son, Prince George of Cambridge. 

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Topics: UK News, The Queen, Royal Family