Today, thousands around the United Kingdom, and the world, gathered to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth. The 96-year-old monarch died at Balmoral, her beloved Scottish estate, where she was joined by her family. Yet, despite the somber mood that naturally ruled the day, for some fans, nature offered a poignant reminder of joy.
At Windsor Castle, a rainbow arched over the grounds just as the Union Jack flag began to be lowered in honor of the monarch’s death.
“As the flag is lowered to half mast over Windsor Castle an incredible rainbow appears over the castle, for a few minutes and then just like that it was gone…. ,” royal photographer Chris Jackson shared on Twitter, marking the occasion.
Meanwhile, back in London, an impressive double rainbow was captured by mourners gathered at Buckingham Palace, as reporter Andy Lines shared in a video, after a statement announcing the queen’s death had been placed at the gates.
The colorful arches served as a bright spot on the otherwise sad day and, to some, a cheerful nod to the late queen herself, who was well known over the course of her 70-year reign for her affection for bold, colorful ensembles.
The queen is succeeded by her eldest son, formerly known as Prince Charles, now King Charles III.
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family,” the new king said in a statement. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt through the country, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning 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 so widely held.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.