As concern over Queen Elizabeth’s health spread on Sept. 8, 2022, Londoners noticed a double rainbow visible above Buckingham Palace. Before and after news of her death broke, many tweeted about the rainbow:
Getty’s Royal photographer Chris Jackson pointed out that the rainbow only appeared for a few minutes as the flag above Windsor Castle was being lowered to half mast.
Getty photographs from that same day show that a double rainbow was indeed visible in the sky facing Buckingham Palace on the day of the Queen’s death.
The New York Times also described the scene:
“A Rainbow Is Seen Outside of Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022…” Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/rainbow-is-seen-outside-of-buckingham-palace-on-september-8-news-photo/1243045271. Accessed 8 Sept. 2022.
Landler, Mark. “Updates: Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Bastion of Stability, Dies.” The New York Times, 8 Sept. 2022. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/09/08/world/queen-elizabeth. Accessed 8 Sept. 2022.
“Snopes Collection: Queen Elizabeth II in Life and Rumor.” Snopes.Com, https://www.snopes.com/collections/queen-elizabeth-ii-life-and-rumor/. Accessed 8 Sept. 2022.