SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – As folks throughout South Florida reacted to the information of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, some went to a British pub in Sunrise to recollect the long-serving monarch and speak about her legacy.
The King’s Head British Pub on North University Drive noticed a gentle stream of patrons going out and in after information of the long-serving monarch’s dying at age 96 broke on Thursday.
“It’s like the passing of our mom, really. You know, she’s always been in our lives and just about anybody else you can imagine,” stated mourner Josh Fischburg.
Always there, all the time stalwart, all the time reassuring in a world of struggle and pandemic and upheaval. For so many from the United Kingdom now dwelling in Florida, though the queen was 96 years previous, they weren’t fairly prepared for this second.
“When it actually happens, like any death, it hits you, like anyone dying, family,” stated mourner Paul Finlayson. “She’d, like, become part of the family.”
“People of my generation, who were born, grown up knowing that we have a monarch — she’s on our money, she’s on our stamps — she’s just like a constant, integral part of our lives,” stated mourner Paula Finlayson.
7News cameras captured photographs of the queen all through The King’s Head, some with cheeky imitation inscriptions.
It’s a spot the place these in mourning felt proper at residence on Thursday night time.
“She’s just a strong lady. She’s gone through everything,” stated mourner Linda Wise. “When we got the news late tonight, it was like total disbelief.”
Wise owns the British market subsequent to The King’s Head.
“She’s been with me through all my life, from being born. She’s always been there, and with a lot of Brits” she stated.
And with Americans and Canadians as effectively, who watched her reside by means of adjustments on the planet and adjustments in her family.
“She had a lot, and she carried it gracefully,” stated mourner Pam Berns.
“It really is, I think, a celebration, if anything, of everything she accomplished over seven decades, that she was our queen, our monarch,” stated Fischburg.
And in tribute, these folks, introduced collectively by how a lot this monarch meant to them, raised their pints to the lady who was all the time there.
Those who spoke with 7News stated they’ve excessive hopes for Charles III and his reign, although they concede it merely won’t be the identical.
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