Mourning after the Queen’s death “translates across the pond” as Americans mourn

The news of the Queen’s death and the subsequent outpouring of sorrow and respect for the monarch “are even being broadcast across the pond,” a US broadcaster said.

KTTV reporter al Eisner said U.S. networks gave the historic news “a lot of time,” adding it was treated with “the appropriate amount of solemnity and emotion.”

He said the “tremendous interest” shown by the American people and around the world in the unfolding events was because the news “affected someone we’ve known our entire lives.”


Hal Eisner said American networks treated the historic news with “the appropriate amount of solemnity and emotion” (Oli Scarff/Pool/AP).

Mr. Eisner has been a television reporter for the Los Angeles-based network, part of the Fox network, for 40 years and previously worked in radio in Texas and Louisiana for 15 years.

During his career, he has covered high-profile US stories such as the Columbine school shooting in 1999, the death of Whitney Houston in 2012 and the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017.

Speaking to the PA news agency about the coverage of the Queen’s death following his announcement on Thursday, he said: “I think it’s been very impactful.

“This is the only queen anyone has ever known in their lifetime… it was breathtaking.

“Here in the United States, a lot of people have never been to England. And when you think of England, what do you think of? You think of the Queen.

“So I think this was received with the right amount of celebration and emotion.

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“You can see if you look at the various news channels that a lot of time is spent covering it. Anchors are in London. Time will be given, live broadcasts will take place.

“It is moving.”

Mr Eisner drew parallels to previous major royal events, such as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 and the King and Queen’s wedding in 2005.

“Here in the United States there has been an incredible interest in these things and I think we’ll see that again on Monday when the actual funeral takes place,” he told the PA.

“I think we’re going to see a huge number of people watching TV, watching on their computers, watching on their phones.”

During her seven-decade reign, the Queen met 13 of the 14 US Presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama and Donald Trump to current President Joe Biden.


The Queen met more than a dozen US Presidents from Harry S. Truman to Joe Biden (Chris Jackson/PA)

When asked why there was so much interest across the pond, Mr. Eisner said, “Because it’s someone we’ve known our entire lives.

“It’s not like you’re going to go up to someone and say something about Queen Elizabeth, they’re like ‘Queen who?’

“The mere fact that someone can say, the Queen of England, you know exactly what we’re talking about… You didn’t have to say her name for me to know who she was.

“We all know her, we all knew her, we all had an impression of her.”

Mr Eisner said that through his own coverage of the Los Angeles news, he had spoken to many people from the UK and US, who all shared a “collective mindset” on the matter.

“Yesterday everyone was talking about the heat. Today everyone is talking about the Queen and that says a lot,” he said.

These are the last days of the Queen of England. I think there’s empathy to go around. I think watching the king… and feeling the emotions. I think that even translates across the pondBroadcaster Hal Eisner

“Certain things bring people together.

“People are moved by it and I think there’s tremendous interest, even if you don’t live in the same country.”

He speculated that even in California, where the funeral is scheduled to take place at 5 a.m. local time, many would still bother to follow the historic event.

“I think it will be interesting to see what the global audience is like,” he said.

“Because if you have two, three, four, five miles lines of people who want to walk past the coffin and pay their respects, just imagine all the people around the world who have some level of interest and money want to spend a few minutes watching.

“They have their memory of the fact that they spent some time seeing that.”


Mr Eisner said the Queen’s death “resonates with people” whether they are American or British (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mr Eisner also speculated that interest in and coverage of the funeral events in the UK would continue for some time.

“These are the last days of the Queen of England. I think there’s empathy to go around,” he told PA.

“I think watching the king, watching William and Harry walking behind (the coffin) and feeling the emotion. I think that even translates across the pond.

“It goes down well with people.

“People may have divided opinions on this topic or that, but for the most part they still have hearts, and I just think when someone who has been respected dies, people tend to show their hearts.” Mourning after the Queen’s death “translates across the pond” as Americans mourn

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