Fay left for London at half past six in the morning on the national holiday.

The mood on Monday afternoon in London is depressing. As thousands of people gather in Hyde Park around 11am to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II following them on huge screens, they are overcome by their emotions.

In an interview with our reporter Linda Giere, they reveal why they absolutely have to say goodbye to this place Queen Elizabeth II want to take and what the Queen’s death means for the entire nation.

Mother bursts into tears at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: ‘It’s so upsetting’

When the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey shortly before 11 a.m., the first spectators in Hyde Park could already be heard sobbing loudly. A mother hugs her four-year-old daughter tightly as tears roll down her cheeks. The sight of the church filled to the brim and that of the coffin with the purple crown make it final. The queen is dead.

Mother-of-two Fay traveled all the way from the north of England with her husband and daughters to witness the memorial service live in London. It took them three and a half hours to get to the capital. “We really wanted to be here because there will never be a female monarch again in our lifetime, and she’s a really great role model for my two girls,” she told the editorial office.

Fay left for London at half past six in the morning on the national holiday. Photo: Linda Giere

Fay sheds a few tears again and again during the service. “It’s just so harrowing because you think about your own family and what the royal family must have been through. You have to endure this public spectacle,” she explains her emotional outburst. For Fay, the royals represent an “essential part of our history and culture”.

Public viewing of Queen’s funeral in Hyde Park evokes sad memories

Essex’s Steve and Lisa also see the Queen and her family as an important part of Britain. The public viewing in Hyde Park has a very special meaning for the couple. “We were also here for Diana’s funeral in 1997. We followed everything on the screens, so here we are again,” recalls Steve.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was different from Lady Diana’s, but by no means worse, as he explains to our reporter: “It was great. It was more than I imagined. All these people and world leaders coming together in one event – ​​I mean, apart from the G20, how would they ever come together like that?” He was particularly touched by the silence at the minute’s silence. “You could have heard a stone fall. There was not a single sound.”

Lisa and Steve have been following the royals all their lives.
Lisa and Steve have been following the royals all their lives. Photo: Linda Giere

The hour and a half drive they took to get to London seems to have paid off. It is her duty to be so close to the Queen one last time, says Lisa: “I just felt that we owed it to her. She has served us for 70 years. I just wanted to show her the respect she deserves.”

As true Britons, they are forever connected to the royal family. “We grew up with the royals. There was always some event on TV. It’s part of what we know as Britain,” explains Lisa.


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Still, there’s room for criticism of the royals — particularly those who don’t exactly smear the family in glory. “I like that the royal family should be slimmed down. I don’t like all the tags like Prince Andrew. They should leave that to Kate and William,” stresses Steve.

Our reporter experienced live in front of Westminster Hall how much the death of Queen Elizabeth II has shaken people all over the world.

Source: Derwesten

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J. A. Allen

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