PHILADELPHIA - For travelers arriving to Philadelphia International Airport, news of the queen’s death came from an in-flight announcement."The pilot said, ‘Sorry about all the entertainment, but we’ve got some very sad news.’ Simultaneously, we both said the queen has died," Oxfordshire, England resident Susan Dowdall said."Thought it was interesting that he ended with ‘God Save the Queen’ and now it’s ‘God Save the King,’" said Claudia Tang, who is living in the U.K.MORE HEADLINES:Passengers aboard British Airways flight 67 got the news a couple of hours after leaving London’s Heathrow Airport.
When they touched down in Philly, the only monarch they ever knew was gone."All my lifetime, she’s been the queen. And that’s been it.
And, to think Charles is now King. So, we come away having a queen. And, go back to England now with a king," Dowdall added."I’m of an age where she’s always been my queen.
When I was born, she was queen, so she’s been there a long time," said Rugby, England resident, Michael Riddle.For U.S. citizens now living and working the United Kingdom, the Queen’s loss is profound."70 years of monarch rule really establishes a cultural identity for the British.