All around the world, citizens are marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her image is everywhere; on the front page of papers, leading the television news across each continent, and projected onto walls and large screens in public places. 

In the US, once the news broke yesterday, her image was shown across popular spaces in all the major cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.

The Eiffel Tower went dark at midnight to mark her passing, and the Tel Aviv Municipality building in Israel was lit up in the colours of the Union Jack. The Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro was similarly lit up in red, white and blue. The country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has declared three days of national mourning.

All official flags are flying at half-mast in Ghana, and elsewhere in the Commonwealth, Australian news readers are dressed in black while the New Zealand army paid tribute to the Queen by performing a 96 gun salute on the Wellington waterfront.

On top of these traditional, ceremonial displays of remembrance, closer to home, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers’ union responded to the news by announcing the suspension of upcoming train strikes, which were set to take place on 15th and 17th September. 

For a brief moment then, it seems, the whole world has stopped.

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