Locals pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Another bouquet left outside the British Consulate in Cambridge. This one with a message from Laurie Phillips Stanley and her family.

“We should just this day honor her and say thank you,” said Laurie Phillips Stanley from Medford.

She and her daughter took a moment to stop and remember Queen Elizabeth II who died at age 96 after more than seven decades on the throne..

“She lived on her promise of serving the people and that’s what she did and she just did a spectacular job at it,” said Sam Stanley of Medford.

The Consulate kept quiet most of the day but did post a banner in black across it’s website home page which read “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 - 8 September 2022.”

Outside the Embassy we met British national Peter Hirst, a Dean at MIT. He was honored by the Queen back in 2012 when she made him a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

“I received an award from the Queen – a member of the British Empire and that was actually in part for work I do with the British American Business Council and my day job here at MIT,” said Peter Hirst, a Dean at MIT.

He believes that his fellow countrymen will come out en masse to pay their respects.

“I think she’s really been such a great symbol of stability and togetherness and even for people who are not philosophically big fans of having a royal family,” said Hirst.

And it’s that steadfast sense of duty the queen embodied that Phillips Stanley and her family came to honor tonight.

“She gave her whole life to service, to honor, to country and that’s something we don’t see as much any more,” said Phillips Stanley.

The British Consulate told Boston 25 they provide details on where people can leave tributes to the queen in the coming days.

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