'She left a void': Queen Elizabeth II remembered outside Buckingham Palace

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By Anelise Borges
Mourners lay flowers at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Mourners lay flowers at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.   -   Copyright  Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo

Buckingham Palace has become the centre of the United Kingdom's grief and mourning, with thousands gathering to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II after she died on Thursday.

People came to the palace from around the UK and the world, placing flowers outside the gates.

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Mourners lay flowers outside the gates of Buckingham PalaceEuronews/Anelise Borges

Hailing from as far as Australia, Chile, and Brazil, several mourners told Euronews that the Queen had been an omnipresent figure in their lives and that her death will leave a void.

"I just feel like everybody keeps saying that they’re shocked by how sad they are. She’s been a part of everybody’s life for so many. It’s just a moment in time and it’s one to celebrate her," said one woman Andrea Burns outside the palace.

"She’s been an amazing figure in our history. She didn’t choose to do this job but she’s done the absolute best she could till the very end," another woman Terry told Euronews.

Britain's longest-reigning monarch was Queen for seven decades and was viewed as a beacon of stability.

As per tradition, a notice was placed outside the palace announcing that the Queen had died.

Many people gathered there told Euronews that they wanted to go to the palace to see the notice for themselves since they had a hard time believing it.

Despite the number of people gathered, many were silent as they paid their respects to the Queen.

Next to the flowers were a number of thank you notes for her majesty.

One note addressed the "beautiful Queen", and thanked her for her loyalty while another thanked her for "a lifetime of service. A lifetime of embodying what it means to be British".

Many who gathered outside of the palace also spoke about the shock and devastation over the news of her passing, saying that despite her age, despite her declining health, they were not ready.

The United Kingdom will now enter a period of national mourning until her state funeral.

Watch Anelise Borges report from Buckingham Palace in the video player above.