In a highly symbolic moment, two officials at the European Council building in Brussels lowered the British flag before folding it and taking it away.
After 47 years of membership and months of seemingly endless Brexit negotiations, it all finished rather swiftly.
In a highly symbolic moment, two officials strode across the European Council building in Brussels to remove the British flag.
It had sat alongside the 27 other EU members in a neat line, but in seconds had been removed and neatly folded away.
It came just hours ahead of the moment the UK officially leaves the European Union: 23h GMT or midnight CET.