D.C. residents gather at British Embassy to pay respects to late Queen Elizabeth (includes video story)

Following the announcement of the Queen’s passing, condolences came pouring out around the world. President Biden expressed his condolences at the British Embassy in Washington D.C.

“I just stopped by the British Embassy to sign the condolence book in her honor,” said Biden. “I had the opportunity to meet her before she passed, and she was an incredibly gracious and decent woman. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of the United Kingdom and the commonwealth and their grief.” 

The Union Jack mosaic in front of the embassy was surrounded by flowers from well wishers to honor the queen’s passing.

Many British citizens in D.C. stopped by the embassy to pay their respects to their Queen. Shoshana Weider was in line to sign the book of condolences as she said, “It was obviously not a huge surprise but it was still a sad moment, a historic moment. As a British citizen living in DC I thought why not come over here and pay my respects this way.”

As a sign of mourning, all flags in federal buildings and territories nationwide will be flown at half-staff until the funeral next Monday.

The British embassy in Washington, like all British embassies worldwide, has made available a condolence book for the public to pay their respects to the late queen. There is also a virtual version at Royal.UK.

Lidia Delgado is a senior pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Digital Communications and Media with a concentration in English. After her studies, she wishes to pursue a career in the digital journalism field.