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America turned its eyes to the old country on Thursday, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. When news of her sudden decline broke, television networks broke into programing -- almost as if a US President had died. In New York, the US Open tennis tournament and the United Nations held moments of silence to honor her passing. In Washington, flags on official buildings were lowered to half-staff.
During a reign that lasted seven decades, the Queen and the royal family conjured fascination, affection and even some jealousy in a nation that broke away from the throne almost 250 years ago.
She met 13 US Presidents, starting with a visit to Washington to see Harry Truman before she became Queen. (Her first official head-of-state meeting with a US commander-in-chief was with Dwight Eisenhower). President Joe Biden, who stopped by the British embassy in Washington on Thursday to sign a book of condolences, was the last President to hold official talks with the Queen.
In a statement, Biden sent "our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who are not only mourning their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world."
And amid the official rituals of remembrance, there were some smaller, but poignant gestures. In Santa Monica, California, patrons showed up at "Ye Olde King's Head" a restaurant and gift shop, to buy memorabilia and share memories of the Queen.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen extended her condolences to the royal family, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in a tweet.
"Taiwan remembers and celebrates her life of leadership and service, which set an example for people around the world," Tsai tweeted.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol tweeted his "deepest condolences to the people of the United Kingdom for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."
"She had a strong belief in the cause of human freedom and left great legacies of dignity," Yoon wrote.
"Her kind heart and good deed will remain in our memories."
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet Friday morning.
"She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life," Modi wrote.
In a separate tweet Modi reflected on his meetings with the Queen during his visits to the United Kingdom.
"During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding," he wrote. "I will always cherish that gesture."
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed his sadness over the death of Queen Elizabeth II in a post on his Facebook page.
Her Majesty was the very heart and soul of the United Kingdom," Lee Hsien Loong wrote.
"Her Majesty’s reign saw one of the longest periods of peace and prosperity in the history of the United Kingdom. Throughout her life, she steadfastly served the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She performed her duties with devotion, grace, and humility. Her contributions to the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and indeed to the world will be recorded in history, and she will always be remembered fondly as a great world leader.
"Her Majesty also left a significant mark on Singapore’s history and our longstanding close relations with the United Kingdom," he continued.
He also shared a photo with Her Majesty, noting that they met on several occasions, most recently in 2018 during the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has received the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II " with great sadness," according to Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya Television.
"Queen Elizabeth was a model of leadership that will be immortalized in history, and we remember with appreciation the efforts of the deceased in strengthening the relations of friendship and cooperation between our two friendly countries," he said.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is "saddened by the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II," saying she "devoted her life serving her country," according to Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya Television.
"Queen Elizabeth was an example of wisdom, love and peace," Salman said as cited by Al-Ekhbariya.
The websites of the British Monarchy and Prince of Wales has now returned to the homepage, in black and white, with profiles of The King and Queen Consort — as well as a link to send messages of condolence.
Harry and Meghan's Archewell remains as a blacked-out landing page, with messages in memory of the Queen.
Earlier today: All three websites became blacked-out landing page, with messages in memory of the Queen. A message at the bottom of the main royal's website said: "The official website of the Royal Family is temporarily unavailable while appropriate changes are made."