From White House's half-mast flag to dark Eiffel Tower: How the world joined Britain in mourning Queen’s death

The whole world joined the people of Britain to mourn the loss of their beloved Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-regining monarch, who died on September 9, 2022

From White House's half-mast flag to dark Eiffel Tower: How the world joined Britain in mourning Queen’s death
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland (@tedeuzi/Twitter, Eddie Mulholland, and Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: An era has ended after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the UK for over seventy years. The 96-year-old died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday afternoon, September 8. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

After the news broke, the whole world joined the people of Britain to mourn the loss. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden paid tribute to the monarch by writing, “She was the first British monarch to whom people all around the world could feel a personal and immediate connection—whether they heard her on the radio as a young princess speaking to the children of the United Kingdom, or gathered around their televisions for her coronation, or watched her final Christmas speech or her Platinum Jubilee on their phones. And she, in turn, dedicated her whole life to their service.”

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A woman lays flowers outside Buckingham Palace on September 9, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. 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 succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
A woman lays flowers outside Buckingham Palace on September 9, 2022, in London, United Kingdom (Carl Court/Getty Images)

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II embodied the British nation’s continuity and unity for over 70 years. I remember her as a friend of France, a kind-hearted queen who has left a lasting impression on her country and her century,” French President Emmanuel Macron posted on Twitter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, the country which was under British rule for around 89 years, tweeted, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and people of the UK in this sad hour.”

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A picture of Queen Elizabeth II is seen at a memorial at the British Embassy on September 09, 2022 in Manila, Philippines. Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
A picture of Queen Elizabeth II is seen at a memorial at the British Embassy on September 09, 2022, in Manila, Philippines. Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

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However, not just words, famous world buildings, and monuments were also used to honor the late Queen. The London Eye went dark after sunset as in a statement it said, “The London Eye joins with mourners around the world during this period of national remembrance. In honor of Her Majesty we will switch off our lights from sunset this evening.”

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Large screens at the entrance to the stadium display a picture of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her death during the round six Bunnings NPC match between Waikato and Auckland at FMG Stadium, on September 09, 2022, in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
Large screens at the entrance to the stadium display a picture of Queen Elizabeth II to mark her death during the round six Bunnings NPC match between Waikato and Auckland at FMG Stadium, on September 09, 2022, in Hamilton, New Zealand (Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

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Besides, the White House flag was dropped to half-mast on the orders of Biden, who said, “As a mark of respect for the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds.”

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The American flag on top of the White House is lowered to half staff in memory of Queen Elizabeth II on September 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Joe Biden ordered all American flags to be flown at half staff in memory of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away today at 96. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The American flag on top of the White House is lowered to half-staff in memory of Queen Elizabeth II on September 08, 2022, in Washington, DC (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In New York, the Empire State Building glowed in purple and silver in remembrance of the Queen. “Tonight, our tower lights will shine in purple and sparkle in silver to honor the life and legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II,” the official account of the structure tweeted.

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Similarly in France’s Paris, the lights of the iconic Eiffel Tower were turned off. The official Twitter page of the monument said, “In tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, tonight, I will turn my lights off at midnight. #QueenElizabethII.”

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Drew Hammill, Deputy Chief of Staff, tweeted, “Speaker Pelosi has ordered the flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

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A High Alter tribute to Queen Elizabeth is shown at St. Patricks Cathedral on September 09, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96 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. 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 was the United Kingdom's longest-serving monarch. (Photo by Sam Tabone/Getty Images)
A High Alter tribute to Queen Elizabeth is shown at St Patrick's Cathedral on September 9, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia (Sam Tabone/Getty Images)

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Israel’s Tel Aviv chose to present the Union Jack on the city hall façade in memory of Her Majesty. Writer Avi Mayer wrote, “Tel Aviv City Hall has been illuminated as the Union Jack in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and in solidarity with the British people as they mourn her passing.”

New Zealand’s Auckland War Memorial Museum’s along with all government buildings reportedly lowered the nation’s flags at half-mast.

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A screen showing a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in front of the Senedd, home of the Welsh Parliament, on September 9, 2022 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. 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 Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
A screen showing a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in front of the Senedd, home of the Welsh Parliament, on September 9, 2022, in Cardiff, United Kingdom (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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Apart from these, people in Canada reportedly went to the British High Commission to place flowers in memory of the Queen. Irish people also visited Hillsborough Castle to pay their respect to the late monarch.

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