‘End of an era:’ Queen Elizabeth’s death gathers mourners at British Embassy in DC

India Rodgers, 3, lays flowers outside the British Embassy after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced on September 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI.Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is survived by her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke Of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Flowers laid in tribute at the British Embassy after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced on September 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI.Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is survived by her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke Of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Tributes are left outside the British Embassy after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced on September 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden ordered U.S. flags flown at half staff to mark the occasion. The queen, who acceded to the thrown in 1952, was 96. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A British flag is pictured surrounded by flowers outside the British Embassy in Washington, DC, on September 8, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. – Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognizable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said.  (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)

A man lowers the White House US flag to half-mast in Washington, DC, on September 8, 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. – Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognizable to billions of people around the world, has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Not many are shocked at the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death. “Ninety-six is a very big age,” one mourner said.

Crowds gathered Thursday at the British Embassy in Northwest D.C. to mourn the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

One person, who lived in the U.K. for a while, said that she has always admired the dignity and service Queen Elizabeth conducted in her life.

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Crowds gathered Thursday at the British Embassy in Northwest D.C. to mourn the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

It’s an “end of an era and the beginning of a new one” is how Katya, who was among the people at the embassy, described the passing of the long-reigning monarch.

Regardless of whether people liked her as a monarch or not, Katya said the 70 years Queen Elizabeth spent performing her duty brings the recognition that “time is moving forward. There’s a new king, and there will be another one and another one.”

Not many are shocked at the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death. “Ninety-six is a very big age,” Katya said.

John Reilly, of Northwest, said he will miss her.



“She became queen the year I was born,” he said. He lives nearby and saw people gathered at the embassy.

“I remember when Diana passed away and everybody came by and left flowers. It was a nice gesture,” Reilly said, adding that he fears the “civilizing British aspect” Queen Elizabeth II brought might be lost now that she is gone.

Meg Massey, who lived in the U.K. for a while, said that she has always admired the dignity and service Queen Elizabeth conducted in her life.

“There’s plenty to be said about monarchy and colonization, but I heard the news, and I felt like I wanted to be here and pay my respects,” Massey said. “It’s an end of an era more than anything else. She lived a long, rich life.”

People who want to sign the condolence book at the embassy, starting at 9 a.m.

The embassy is located at 3100 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

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