The British Embassy co-hosted the service to honor Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The service featured the UK’s nationwide anthem, “God Save the King,” in addition to the US’ “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy and different politicians and Washington public figures had been amongst these in attendance.
“The Queen was an ideal good friend and admirer of the US,” Dame Karen Pierce, British ambassador to the US, stated. “She paid some six official visits in complete — many extra to the Kentucky stables — addressing Congress in addition to talking to Presidents and attending soccer and baseball video games and commemorative occasions akin to America’s bicentennial and the four-hundredth anniversary of the Jamestown settlement.”
Pierce, who’s the primary lady to function ambassador to the US from the UK, added that: “The Queen sought to maneuver with the instances. She was certainly the archetypal Bond lady, parachuting into the London Olympics. She poured tea for Paddington Bear in addition to for heads of state. And right here in the US she was honored to obtain in December 2021 the Ruth Bader Ginsburg award for ladies in management — one of many only a few instances, we consider, that the Queen accepted a non-state award.”
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, the dean of Washington Nationwide Cathedral, stated the Queen had visited the cathedral 4 instances — as soon as as princess and 3 times as monarch. He famous lots of the flowers adorning the within of the cathedral for the service had been taken from the grounds of the British Embassy, together with a reducing from the Regal Prince Oak tree that the Queen planted throughout her go to to Washington in 2007.
The Nationwide Cathedral has hosted 4 state funerals for former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Earlier this 12 months, the Cathedral hosted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s funeral and President Joe Biden spoke on the service.
Biden on Monday joined a one of many largest gathering of world leaders in fashionable instances for Queen Elizabeth’s II’s state funeral inside London’s Westminster Abbey. The Queen, whose rule spanned seven a long time, died on September 8 on the age of 96.