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Sydney Opera House lights up with an image of the Queen in moving tribute – as Australia mourns the loss of its longest-serving monarch

The Sydney Opera House is lit up with an image of Queen Elizabeth II as Australians across the country mourn her death.

The city’s iconic landmark will illuminate Her Majesty’s portrait until midnight on Friday and will light up again at 6:30 AM on Saturday evening.

Both Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet announced that the Opera House sails will hold a special tribute to the late monarch following her death on Friday morning.

The Sydney Opera House is lit up with an image of Queen Elizabeth II as Australians across the country mourn her death

The city's iconic landmark will illuminate Her Majesty's portrait until midnight on Friday and will relight at 6:30 AM on Saturday evening

The city’s iconic landmark will illuminate Her Majesty’s portrait until midnight on Friday and will relight at 6:30 AM on Saturday evening

Many Sydneysiders wandering the city on Friday night stopped to look at the Opera House as an image of the laughing Queen was displayed above one sail

Many Sydneysiders wandering the city on Friday night stopped to look at the Opera House as an image of the laughing Queen was displayed above one sail

“The late Queen Elizabeth the Second played an important role for the people of Australia during her reign and the lighting of the Sydney Opera House is a fitting tribute on behalf of the people of Australia,” said Mr Albanese.

Perrottet said it was a symbolic gesture when the Queen officially opened the Sydney Opera House in 1973.

Many Sydneysiders wandering the city on Friday night stopped to look at the Opera House as an image of the laughing queen was displayed above one sail.

The statue of the queen is shown on Friday and Saturday evenings

The statue of the queen is shown on Friday and Saturday evenings

Both Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet have announced that the Opera House sails will hold a special tribute to the late monarch following her death on Friday morning.

Both Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet have announced that the Opera House sails will hold a special tribute to the late monarch following her death on Friday morning.

Australians across the country mourn the death of our longest-serving monarch since the news broke early Friday morning.

The country’s Federation Guard commemorated Her Majesty with a moving 96-gun salute outside the Parliament building on Friday afternoon.

The twilight ceremony follows the British tradition of firing one shot for each year of the Queen’s life.

Hundreds of people showed up to watch the ceremony unfold as members of the RAAF, Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army fired shots at 10-second intervals.

The Queen is seen visiting Sydney in 2006. She died aged 96

The Queen is seen visiting Sydney in 2006. She died aged 96

Each of the 54 Commonwealth countries has been invited to participate in the same ceremony.

Flags also flew at half-mast over Australia to commemorate the Queen’s death.

The bells at Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral tolled 96 times Friday at noon, honoring each year of her life.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanian described it as a day of ‘deep sadness’.

“Australian hearts go out to the people of the UK who are grieving today, knowing they will feel they have lost part of what makes their nation whole,” he said.

“It is a time of mourning for the people of Britain, the Commonwealth and even around the world.

“There is comfort in Her Majesty’s own words: Grief is the price we pay for love. This is a loss we feel deeply in Australia.”

Governor General David Hurley described her as a “remarkable” individual who served with “distinction” for over 70 years.

“When I think back to my own memories, and she was my queen all my life, I think of Her Majesty’s dignity and her compassion, her dedication and her compassion, her dedication and her work ethic,” he said.

And her selfless and unwavering devotion to those for whom she served. To us. Her death will sadden all Australians and be felt around the world.

“As we mourn, we must also take inspiration and give thanks for the remarkable contribution Her Majesty has made. May she rest in peace. God protect the king.’

The country's Federation Guard commemorated Her Majesty with a moving 96-gun salute outside the Parliament building on Friday afternoon

The country’s Federation Guard commemorated Her Majesty with a moving 96-gun salute outside the Parliament building on Friday afternoon

The moving ceremony was held outside the Parliament building at dusk on Friday

The moving ceremony was held outside the Parliament building at dusk on Friday

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