In classic Brit style, tearful UK holidaymakers in Benidorm raised a pint in honour of Her Majesty the Queen after her passing yesterday (September 8).

Brits in the Spanish seaside resort on the east coast of the country sizzled in the regular balmy temperatures of this time of year, but the mood was unusually sombre.

Pictures coming from the favourite Brit getaway spot show topless and tatted blokes look side-swiped as they collect their thoughts over a beer.

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A man stands and stares at the half mast flag in the centre of Benidorm, his tatted back – featuring the Chelsea FC badge – facing the camera.

One woman wipes away a tear with her phone in hand, most likely after just receiving the news that the country's longest reigning monarch had succumbed to an as yet publicly unknown illness.

It is not unusual to see a Union Jack flicker in the cool sea breeze in the town, but this time the centre of the main red cross on the flag bore a black tie.

An electronic screen bore a message of Her Majesty's passing while a Union Jack flew at half mast – saluted by a respectful Spanish police officer who laid a wreath.

And King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain joined other European royals in paying tribute to their distant relative.

Posting a letter to King Charles III on the Casa Real Twitter account, King Felipe said he would 'dearly' miss his Aunt Lilibet.

King Felipe sent his condolences to the new King and said the British Family were 'in our hearts and thoughts'.

He wrote: "Your Majesty, dearest Charles, deeply saddened by the sorrowful news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved mother.

"I would like to offer Your Majesty and the British people, on my behalf and on the behalf of the Spanish government and people, our most heartfelt condolences."

The King and Queen of Spain also wrote the late monarch a similar letter of sympathy last year after the death of Prince Philip.

Dutch and Swedish royals also paid tribute to the Queen.

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