Elaine Harrison told the Ulster Star that she felt it was important that they honor the much-loved monarch in this way.
Elaine explains, “We felt it was important to see our late Her Majesty lying in state and attending a state funeral, as we did for the Queen Mother in 2002.”
“Our late queen had dedicated her entire life to our service and she did it in a tremendous way. It was very emotional but it was an honor to be respected.
Hillsborough Castle Gardens transfers the wreath left to the Queen
Speaking to the Ulster Star on Tuesday night, a dedicated group of locals, Rachel Hamilton and her mother June Stout, from Manor Park, Elaine Harrison and Sandra Whitfield, waited for their flight home at the busy airport, totaling Stay away for four days. to pay their respects.
“We were booked to go on Sunday, but after seeing the news we were afraid we might miss the opportunity to see the Queen lying in state,” explains Elaine. “So we changed our flight and arrived on Saturday evening and got straight into the queue.
“We queued up for 14 hours, met some horrible people. It meant a lot to us and it was worth the wait. The atmosphere at Westminster Hall was emotional, peaceful and very heavy.
“We are actually sitting at the airport now waiting to return home so were away for a total of four days,” Elaine explains.
Yesterday (Monday 19 September) the procession was very touching and a beautiful and fitting tribute to our beloved queen.
The atmosphere was amazing, we camped outside the Queen’s Horse Guard where we met people from all over the world.
“A woman had traveled from Minnesota, USA, and two 90-year-olds and their own King Charles, their beloved dog, who had been camping all night next to us, who had previously gone to the Queen’s coronation.
“Their stories and determination kept all our spirits up all night with true British patience and a very welcome tea, coffee and blanket from the Salvation Army.”