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Photos: Remembering Queen Elizabeth II Outside the British Embassy

A Union Jack shrine has been set up on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue.

Three and a half year old India Rodgers brings flowers to the memorial. "Pay our respect to the Queen. This is a historic moment," said her father Edward. Photograph by Evy Mages

A few hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced today, the scene outside the British Embassy is, I’m sorry to report, mostly Americans—and probably 97 percent press. The sidewalk is choked with at least a dozen news cameras. To walk that stretch of Massachusetts Avenue, one dodges lighting rigs, police tape, and reporters with microphones hustling around. Among non-reporters, there’s an American woman in a black dress wearing a glitzy white fascinator and thumping a bible, two American women with “complicated feelings” about the Queen, and an American man pushing two American corgis around in a red wagon adorned with Nats stickers. I heard one British accent, but he turned out to be a reporter with the BBC. It was less a scene of mourning than a scene of reporters anticipating mourning. Then two British gentlemen passed in suits wearing red carnations and carrying a bouquet, presumably to the Union Jack shrine on the corner.

The ring of press at the British Embassy this afternoon. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

Corgis outside the Embassy. Photograph by Sylvie McNamara.

 

The beginnings of a shrine on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

Flowers placed outside the British Embassy. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

Someone paying tribute outside of the British Embassy. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

A furry friend remembers the Queen. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

Another visitor pays tribute to the Queen. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

A group of ninth graders from St. Albans School pays its respects. Photograph by Evy Mages

 

The growing memorial to the Queen. Photograph by Evy Mages