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Queues form as London mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II: A photojournalist’s perspective


A moment in time.

The passing of a queen, the only monarch many have ever known.

The United Kingdom mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with reverence, sadness and of course, British pageantry.

Marcus Yam is on the ground in London to bring a visual perspective as England says goodbye to the queen.

Many parents speak of the importance of involving their children in this British history.

Members of the public use their mobile phones to make a picture and catch glimpse of the procession for the hearse bearing Queen Elizabeth II passing them and making its way to Westminster Hall in London.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Many note the importance of the longest reigning Queen.

The hearse bearing Queen Elizabeth II travel along a procession route towards Westminster Hall.

The hearse bearing Queen Elizabeth II travel along a procession route towards Westminster Hall.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

To pass the time, hair is braided as members of the public pass the time camping out along the route

To pass the time, hair is braided as members of the public pass the time camping out along the route where they will catch a glimpse of the procession for the hearse bearing Queen Elizabeth II.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

“She was a great queen, she was important as a woman. As a feminist it’s good for the boys to see that as young men.”

— Annabel Haken

Annabel Haken, and her son, Thomas, 4, sit along the procession route.

Annabel Haken, and her son, Thomas, 4, sit along the procession route. Haken said that she brought her three boys to experience how the nation is grieving. She wanted them to understand “how important the royal family is to the British people.”

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

They mourn, memorialize and respect.

Members of the public pass the time camping out along the route where they will catch a glimpse of the procession.

Members of the public pass the time camping out along the route where they will catch a glimpse of the procession.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Few express indifference about monarchs. But the legacy is history.

Memorial items left behind on trees along the route of the procession.

Memorial items left behind on trees along the route of the procession.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace guards march in long lines at night.

Palace guards march in formation after the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II’s hearse at Buckingham Palace.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Rain pours but does not deter.

Hair pushed aside, faces glimmer wet. Someone yelled, “Long love the queen!”

A woman in glasses peers past people holding umbrellas.

A woman looks on after Queen Elizabeth II’s hearse arrives Tuesday at Buckingham Palace.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Camera flash sparkles the scene. Proper applause

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A woman and girl stand on a wet road near a barricade.

Chloe Charlton, 8, and her mother, Rachael, traveled from York to observe the funeral events for Queen Elizabeth II.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

A hearse bearing the late Queen Elizabeth II arrives.

Two people stand with a candle by a pile of flower bouquets under a tree.

A growing memorial for Queen Elizabeth II at Green Park in London.

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)



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