The Queen’s death came as a shock to us, like for most other people I imagine. We drove to London on Saturday and on Saturday evening at 9pm we joined the queue for the lying in state. It took exactly 12 hours to reach Westminster to pay our respects. Like many people around me, I too had tears in my eyes when I exited Westminster. At the lying in state there were so many people, of different faiths as it was visible from their religious symbols, and of different nationalities as I heard people speaking in many different languages.
Sunday afternoon we went to Green Park with a bunch of flowers. It was incredibly moving to see so many people there, looking at the flowers, admiring the drawings the children made. We picked up a bunch that was colourful as we felt it represented the Queen’s love of bright colours for her outfits.
On Monday we went to the funeral procession in London. We considered Windsor, but we did not have enough time to reach Windsor and get a spot from where we could see anything. We took our stop 3 hours before the funeral procession was due to pass. We saw the King passing in his car and people started to applaud, we also saw other members of the Royal family passing by as they were going to Westminster Abbey. The religious ceremony was transmitted by radio, which was nice, so we could all hear what was happening.
We watched on the phone the procession on the Long Walk at Windsor, as we were still on our way back to the hotel at that point. I am happy I was able to attend these events and to mark in a very small way the death of the Queen. I hope seeing all that love will help the King and the Royal family in their mourning.