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The final particular person to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she was lying-in-state at Westminster Abbey stated it was an ‘honour’ to serve Her Majesty.
Christina Heerey, who presently serves in the Royal Air Force, was the final mourner to say farewell to the Queen earlier than the gates shut at the cathedral early Monday morning.
Ms Heerey, of High Wycombe, stated she was ‘very proud’ to be given the ‘privilege’ to pay her respects to the girl she ‘swore my allegiance to’.
The servicewoman went via the queue – which noticed an estimated 400,000 mourners over the previous 5 days – twice after feeling that she ‘wanted to undergo once more.’
Ms Heerey says she is going to be staying in London all through the day to mark Her Majesty’s funeral which begins at 11am.
Up to two million mourners are anticipated to flock to London, Windsor and royal websites round the UK on the nationwide financial institution vacation for the historic funeral, with the service set to draw an estimated 4.1billion TV viewers throughout the globe.
Christina Heerey, who presently serves in the Royal Air Force, was the final mourner to say farewell to the Queen earlier than the gates shut at Westminster Hall early Monday morning
The Royal Air Force servicewoman stated she was ‘very proud’ to be given the ‘privilege’ to pay her respects to the girl she ‘swore my allegiance to’
‘It is honour,’ Ms Heerey informed Sky News as after she was walked out of Westminster Hall, adopted by parliamentary employees, round 6.30am Monday.
‘I presently serve in the Royal Air Force so to be in a position to do this on behalf of the Royal Air Force and a feminine to an incredible woman that may by no means be changed, it was an honour.
‘Obviously, I swore my allegiance to her and I simply really feel very proud being in the Air Force and being one of her topics for her.’
Ms Heerey initially joined the queue Sunday round 5pm and walked previous the coffin round 1.15am on Monday. She stated she felt compelled to stroll via once more.
‘Walking into the corridor the first time…I felt that I wanted to undergo once more, so I simply clearly got here via final of all then,’ she stated.
‘I simply felt very proud that I was there and simply very honoured, very honoured that I was given the privilege to undergo once more and clearly be the final particular person. I didn’t realise it was going to be like this.’
Ms Heerey, who travelled into the capital from close by High Wycombe, stated she was in the queue for about 14 hours however it was a ’14 hours properly value spent.’
She stated she it was ‘superb’ to witness history, which she plans to maintain doing as she stays in London for the funeral procession.
‘It will be a lengthy day however properly value it,’ Ms Heerey defined. ‘I’m by no means going to do that once more in my lifetime.’
At 6.29am on the day of her funeral the closing members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London
Members of the public safe their positions on The Mall in London, forward of the funeral
Since Thursday, a whole bunch of hundreds of members of the public have filed previous the coffin till, early on Monday morning, the closing individuals who had queued via the night time left the cavernous medieval corridor.
The course of has seen a river of individuals snaking alongside the Thames round the clock, members of the public mixing with celebrities and international dignitaries beneath Westminster Hall’s hammer-beam roof.
By the finish, the movement of mourners passing into Westminster Hall had slowed to a trickle as these at the again of the queue lastly reached their vacation spot.
Some had been well wearing sombre black coats, whereas others wore brightly colored out of doors gear which served as safety towards the chilly autumnal night time.
Some bowed, some curtsied, others made the signal of the cross as they paused beside the coffin which was draped in the Royal Standard with the jewels in the Imperial State Crown, sceptre and orb, positioned on high.
The second final particular person to see the Queen mendacity in state was Sima Mansouri, 55, (pictured) initially from Iran, who lives in South Croydon, South London
They handed via the corridor in silence, with some pausing for one closing have a look at the solely monarch many of them have ever identified earlier than exiting into the daybreak.
The silence was interrupted solely by the altering of the guard each 20 minutes, the sound of navy boots on the stone ground echoing off the partitions.
The second final particular person to see the Queen mendacity in state was Sima Mansouri, 55, initially from Iran, who lives in South Croydon, South London. Her love for the Queen dates again to the Seventies, when her cousin was a flower lady for a royal go to in Tehran.
Ms Mansouri stated: ‘It was a boiling sizzling day and my poor cousin has obtained particularly reasonable pores and skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. The Queen got here out of her airplane and was extra involved with my cousin burning in the solar than being a royal.
‘She stated, ‘Can somebody please get this little lady out of the solar?’ Then she kissed her and grabbed the flowers. I believed it was superb.’
Ms Mansouri added: ‘She stood for freedom, human rights and ladies’s rights.’
Members of parliamentary employees and, lastly, Black Rod Sarah Clarke had been the closing individuals to pay their respects after the final of those that had queued had been via Westminster Hall.