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Britons across London mourn Queen Elizabeth II’s death

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LONDON – A day after Britain’s 70-year-old monarch died, the streets of central London looked mournful on Friday – a sadness measured by multi-page newspapers read on the tube, people deliberately walking with bouquets of flowers and advertising space at bus stops occupied by royal commemorations.

Queen Elizabeth II smiled at a picture on a giant screen in Leicester Square, a bustling tourist center.

Television offered little but coverage of the Queen’s passing, who passed away at age 96, and tributes to her 70 years of service – a milestone that was itself honored via the Platinum Jubilee from February to June this year.

“It’s very strange now to live in this world where we’ve all known one monarchy,” said Steven Johnson, the 29-year-old manager of The Gloucester Arms, a pub, who noted that learning of the Queen’s death ” quite a moment.”

The bar turned on the televisions usually reserved for sports “and everyone went quiet”.

London mourns the death of and pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth a day after the monarch's death at the age of 96, just months after celebrating her platinum jubilee.

The loss felt more palpable near two royal residences, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace.

Helicopters circled overhead near the late Queen’s residence at Buckingham Palace, and newsagents and trucks stopped at the gates.

As a motorcade carrying King Charles II passed by, people in the crowd tried to get a peek – though few were long enough or close enough to the barriers for a good view.

London mourns the death of and pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth a day after the monarch's death at the age of 96, just months after celebrating her platinum jubilee.

Kensington Palace, located in Hyde Park behind a statue of Queen Victoria and home to the family of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was closed on Friday. However, that didn’t stop mourners from leaving bouquets and kind words at the locked gates.

“Thanks for everything, ma’am! God bless you,” read a yellow sheet of paper, cut out in the shape of a heart and decorated with heart and butterfly stickers.

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