It was an “honour” to serve Her Majesty, according to the last person to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lay in Westminster Hall. Christina Heerey, a member of the Royal Air Force, was the last mourner to wish the Queen good night before the doors closed early on Monday morning September 19.


A resident of High Wycombe, Heerey expressed her pride at having the opportunity to pay tribute to the person to whom she “swore allegiance”. The woman on duty twice walked the line, which in five days saw around 400,000 mourners, because she ‘didn’t feel like I had done her justice’. According to Heerey, she will stay in London all day to observe Her Majesty’s funeral, which begins at 11am.



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The Royal Air Force serviceman said she was “very proud” to have the “privilege” of honoring the woman to whom she “swore allegiance” (Screenshot/@itvnews Twitter)

On the national holiday, up to two million mourners are expected to throng London, Windsor and other royal locations across the UK for the historic burial, which is expected to draw an estimated 4.1 billion viewers worldwide.


At around 6:30 a.m. on Monday September 19, Heerey was led out of Westminster Hall by parliamentary officials, saying: “It is an honour. I currently serve in the Royal Air Force so I could do this on behalf of the Royal Air Force and a wife to an amazing wife who will never be replaced, it was an honour. Obviously I swore my allegiance to her and I’m just very proud to be in the Air Force and to be one of her subjects for her.


Ms Heerey initially joined the line around 5am on Sunday and left the coffin at 1.15am on Monday. She said she was forced to cross again.

“Walking into the room the first time…I felt like I had to come back, so obviously I went last,” she said. “It’s so fast and so important. I didn’t feel like I did justice. I just felt very proud to be there and just very honoured, very honored to have had the privilege of crossing at new and obviously being the last person. I didn’t know it was going to be like this.


Although she spent around 14 hours queuing, Ms Heerey, who came to the town from High Wycombe, said it was “14 hours well spent”. She said: “There were a lot of people (inside Westminster Hall) but everyone was very solemn, everyone was very respectful. Everyone gave themselves a room so they could have that last moment .”

The attendant described how the story unfolded as “incredible” and she hopes to continue to do so when she remains in London for the funeral procession. “It will be a long day but it will be worth it,” Ms Heerey explained. “I will never do that again in my lifetime.”



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