Queen's death marked around the world

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As world leaders paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth on her death aged 96, ordinary people in the United Kingdom and around the globe have paid their own respects to a woman who had been the face of her nation for more than 70 years.

On a rainy London night, thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace, in central London, some laying floral tributes outside the black iron gates.

There were similar scenes outside the Queen's Windsor Castle home.

Portraits of Elizabeth were posted on billboard screens in central London's Piccadilly Circus and the city's Canary Wharf financial district, and also across the Atlantic in New York's Times Square.

Flowers were laid outside the United Kingdom Consulate General in New York.

In Washington DC, the US flag was lowered to half staff to mark the passing of a monarch whose legacy President Biden said "will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world".

Her death was also marked in European cities.

In Berlin, flowers and candles were laid outside the UK embassy while in Venice "God Save the Queen", the British national anthem, was played outside the Italian city's Festival Buildings.

Lights are set to be dimmed across the UK and abroad following the death of the Queen.

Theatres across the UK and landmarks including the Eiffel Tower are set to switch off their lights as a mark of respect.

The London Eye said it would be dimming its lights from sunset on Thursday in honour of the Queen.

In a statement, the landmark's Twitter account said: "The London Eye will join with mourners around the world during this period of national remembrance.

"In honour of Her Majesty, we will switch off our lights from sunset this evening.

"We give thanks for the extraordinary life and work of Her Majesty the Queen - her decades of devoted service to her country will remain an inspiration to us all."

UK theatres will also be dimming their lights and observing a minute's silence, playing the national anthem and opening books of condolence prior to performances as a mark of respect.

A statement from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre said they were "deeply saddened" by news of the Queen's death.

They added that, in accordance with advice from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, scheduled theatre performances would go ahead on Thursday and during the official period of mourning.

The mayor of Paris said lights on the Eiffel Tower would be turned off in tribute to the Queen.

Anne Hidalgo said she had offered her sympathy to Menna Rawlings, the UK ambassador to France.

While other sights around the world dimmed their lights, New York's Empire State Building glowed in regal purple.

"Tonight, our tower lights will shine in purple and sparkle in silver to honour the life and legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II," the skyscraper's official Twitter feed said.

with PA