Mourners gather at the closed British Consulate in NYC to honor Queen Elizabeth

Expats and Americans alike flocked to the Upper East Side on Saturday to express their sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II – but were shocked to find the British consulate in New York was tightly locked.

“We thought maybe we could go in and sign the guest book, express our condolences, because these are very special circumstances,” said Trudy Ferrier, from Edinburgh, Scotland.

“But no,” she complained. “They don’t open the doors until Monday.”

“It’s moments like this that make you really homesick,” said Thea Scotti, originally from Alfriston, East Sussex, as she placed a bouquet of pink roses, Queen Anne lace and white freesias on the sidewalk outside the 2nd Avenue door.

“I remember bringing flowers to Buckingham Palace after Princess Diana died,” Scotti said. “Queen Elizabeth handled the aftermath with such grace and calm. She knew exactly what we needed. When hasn’t she been inspirational?”

Mayor Eric Adams signs the guest book at the British consulate.
Mayor Eric Adams was among the many mourners who came to offer their condolences at the consulate.
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Anna from London, who wore eight English roses in tribute to the late monarch, called her “someone to look up to”.

“She always carried herself with such grace and elegance. She treated everyone equally,” said Anna.

The impromptu display of candles, Union Jacks and orchids, sunflowers and roses in pink, red and white grew to about 75 bouquets throughout the day.

“Rest In Peace Ma’am,” read a handwritten card. “You will be deeply missed around the world… God bless the king.”

“We have a lot of celebrities that we put on pedestals, but she was born into this life,” mused Jennifer Downs, who proudly cited her Scottish ancestry despite being born in Tennessee.

“It’s a bit like in a fairy tale.” Mourners gather at the closed British Consulate in NYC to honor Queen Elizabeth


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