Household staff of Queen Elizabeth II queued outside Buckingham Palace on Monday to pay their last respects to the late monarch after her funeral in central London.
Staff members were present along the funeral procession route as Elizabeth’s coffin made its way from Westminster Abbey to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the state funeral was held. During the procession, the coffin was taken out of the palace, the Queen’s primary residence, while still in Britain’s capital and the monarch’s headquarters.
Police security officers who guarded the Queen during her lifetime were also invited to Monday’s committed service at St George’s Chapel.
A private family funeral will take place on Monday evening.
,[The queen’s staff] was very loyal to him. She had people who felt very strongly about protecting her and really took on those roles with great responsibility,” Ailsa Anderson, the Queen’s former press secretary and royal contributor to ABC News, said Monday.
Anderson said that many of the staff – including the Queen’s personal chefs, butlers, footmen and other aides, as well as her personal security officers – had developed close relationships with the Queen, who had become more than just an employer and owner. . them.
“You saw the piper is playing there At the end of the funeral service. He would also play again at St George’s Chapel and constantly people have played that role and talked about how they really got to know the Queen and how she learned about her personal life and often without any situation. She was very sympathetic to what she might have,” Anderson continued. “That’s what we hear, that she was very interested in the lives of the people who worked for her and that she was also a friend of many of them.” became.”
Anderson himself shared fond memories with Queen, for whom he worked from 2001 to 2013.
“I’ve got my scrapbook here and I was reading it with my kids. He sent her a letter on April 26, 2003, after – I think it was her 80th birthday, from her Sandringham estate, and just said Anderson Said, ‘Thanks, I’m very happy with the china that has been given to me for my birthday. Now we can have a tea party. Please thank me very much.’
“And it is typical of the Queen that she wants to give her thanks to people because she always puts others before her. Looking at the images today and seeing so many members of her past staff and current staff, Either standing outside Buckingham Palace or walking in procession, I was deeply moved. When the coffin went inside Westminster Abbey I was very shaken. I confess to be very emotional. And I feel that today It would be really important for employees to be a part of something like this,” she added.
Anderson said she was honored and that it was a “huge privilege” for her to work for the Queen, whose personality shone through the formalities and traditions of the long-standing monarchy.
“I think it was a sense of duty, it was huge work, it was humour,” Anderson said of working for Queen. “A story I’ve been told many times before is that the Queen was about to go to a Privy Council meeting where she had her advisers, government advisers, and someone’s mobile phone went off – and the Queen, as soon as possible Flash said, ‘Oh, you better answer that, it could be someone important.'”
“It’s funny and has a sense of humour, which was second to none,” she said.