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ICYMI: Memories shared of meeting the Queen

ICYMI: Memories shared of meeting the Queen

Sunday 18 September 2022

ICYMI: Memories shared of meeting the Queen

Sunday 18 September 2022


Since her death on Thursday 8 September, many people have shared their memories of meeting Queen Elizabeth II.

The Lieutenant Governor, Bailiff, and Chief Minister were first to formally pay tribute to Her Majesty.

Each separately recollected their own memories of growing up with her as Monarch, or the times they met her.

His Excellency Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell told Express it was an honour to serve in Her Majesty's army and then to be Her personal representative in the Bailiwick.

"I served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Army for more than 40 years and it has been my honour and privilege to be Her personal representative in the Bailiwick since February 2022. 

"It was my most sad and solemn duty to receive official notification of the passing of Her Majesty and to convey it to others in the Bailiwick. 

"Even in this time of great sadness, I know that everyone in the Bailiwick will always remember Her Majesty's exceptional devotion to Her people, Her extraordinary service to those She represented and Her love of these Islands."

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Pictured: The Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell.

While Her Majesty has been lying-in-state at Westminster Hall, Guernsey-man Paul Watts was one who queued overnight to pay his respects.

He told Express that it felt like something he had to do, to honour his late mother-in-law who was a staunch Royalist, and his father-in-law who wasn't able  to make the journey himself, and that it was a special experience.

"It was so quiet all you could hear was footsteps on carpet. It wasn't eerie or anything like that, but it was a very surreal quietness."

When he filed past Her Majesty's coffin, Mr Watts paid tribute on behalf of his family members who he was representing.

"I bowed my head, and just recited the Norman French 'dieu sauve la Reine' and 'Notre duc' because that is what she was.

"Then as you leave and walk out of the hall, and up to the gate, life seemed to restart. The roads are closed but there's still all the noise of the traffic and police cars, pushbikes, more just general noise than you'd been used to. 

"The noise of life just came back." 

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