LONDON — Tens of 1000’s of individuals gathered on Monday in Hyde Park to look at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, video of which was displayed on massive screens. They sat on tenting chairs, blankets, ladders and stools, introduced their very own breakfast or purchased sausage and fish and chips from the a number of meals vehicles put in for the event.
The preliminary festival-like environment grew to become somber when the service at Westminster Abbey began, with the massive crowd watching in silence. In addition they recited the prayers together with the congregation.
“I’ve cried my eyes out all over,” Jess Parsons, 36, wrapped in a British flag, mentioned as she watched the funeral. Ms. Parsons now lives in Paris, however she got here again to London only for the funeral. She mentioned she stayed up till early Monday morning distributing tea and occasional to individuals in “The Queue” who had been ready to view the queen’s coffin at Westminster Corridor.
“They don’t make them like her anymore,” she mentioned, referring to the queen. “She was a one-off.”
Maxine Harris and her pal Ellie Curran, each 28 and carrying black, got here to Hyde Park and joined a thunderous applause when the display confirmed the funeral procession whereas the sound of cannons resonated within the air.
“Particularly with this political local weather it’s good that we are able to all be collectively,” Ms. Harris mentioned.
“After we get outdated, we will inform our grandchildren that we had been right here,” Ms. Curran mentioned.
Jeff McNally, 63, from town of Bournemouth, England, wore a medal embossed with the queen’s likeness that he was awarded within the Seventies, when he served within the Royal Artillery.
“I wish to say goodbye to my boss,” he mentioned. “Prime ministers come and go, however she has been the one fixed factor in my life.”
Steven Chow, 46, who moved to Britain from Hong Kong final 12 months, mentioned he got here to Hyde Park together with his household due to their recollections of rising up in Hong Kong when it was underneath British management. “We wish to thank the queen for letting us see essentially the most lovely Hong Kong,” mentioned Mr. Chow, who had stood in The Queue for 13 hours.