British expats in the UAE offered Queen Elizabeth II an emotional farewell, saying they “can’t stop crying.”
Prior to Buckingham Palace’s announcement, locals spent hours riveted to their televisions and mobile devices.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at the age of 96, and British expats in the UAE are in sorrow. Before Buckingham Palace made its announcement, many people spent hours riveted to their televisions and cellphones.
Maxine Braddock, a 13-year resident in the UAE, sobbed during an interview with the Khaleej Times. She did her best to maintain her composure while she processed the news of the Queen’s passing. Braddock claims that he has been hooked up to the television since 5:30–6:00 p.m.
She continues, “I’m pretty depressed right now,” The Queen was a strong woman who held things together; she has been like a rock, a pillar of strength and dignity.
Following growing concerns over her health earlier on Thursday, senior royals convened at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle. Her grandsons, William and Harry, had hurried to be by her side during her dying hours.
When she learned the news, British expat Lucy Davies was at a dinner party with her friends. “We knew the Queen had been sick for some time.” However, it is a really sad day for all of the people in the UK, for us, and for everyone else. It is difficult to realize that she is no longer with us, especially considering that she recently installed Liz Truss as the new British Prime Minister. But a part of us also understood that she had lost her strength following the passing of Prince Philip, who served as her bulwark.
Lucy explains that she was 25 at the time and working in London when she had the chance to catch a glimpse of the Queen. Just now, the Queen’s car passed me, and I caught a brief glimpse of her. She was the longest-reigning monarch, so she will always have a special place in our hearts. We were all messaging and texting our families and friends as soon as the news of her death broke, alerting one another. Everyone has lost a great deal.
At the time of her birth in 1926, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was third in line for the throne at the time of her birth, following her father and uncle. At the age of 25, she succeeded her father, King George VI, to the throne in 1952.
Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, a resident of Dubai, said she was devastated by the news and had sobbed. “The Queen was one stable figure in a turbulent world and in the UK’s current political environment. She claimed her stoic leadership had never wavered.
She was unflappable, gracious, and diligent; she had personality—far from it—but she operated in public as something more than herself, which is quite an accomplishment in today’s “age of self. Our queen is a particularly good example of the proverb “Dignity is maybe a quality we pay much credit to these days, but in the Queen, we feel a visceral appeal to all it includes.”
The longest-reigning queen in British history was Queen Elizabeth II. She presided over 15 prime ministers during her seven-decade tenure, starting with Winston Churchill and ending with the country’s most recent PM, Liz Truss, whom she saw on Tuesday. She met with her prime minister once a week for the duration of her rule.
Even though today was Aaron Rothwell’s 40th birthday, he still finds it hard to believe that it happened on his special day. “I’m shocked. My friends of all different nationalities are sending me words of sympathy. She still serves as an inspiration to all of us. Today, the UK and the rest of the world are in deep sadness. For everyone, it is a time of the utmost sadness.
Following the passing of the Queen, her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, who has been the heir apparent since he was three years old, will take the throne as King Charles III. Prince Charles’s previous title, the Duke of Cornwall, has been passed down to his son, Prince William.
Ananda Shakespeare, a native of England, lamented the Queen’s passing but made the decision to think positively. It’s time to honour the contributions she made to the nation and Commonwealth, as well as the ways in which she changed the world, she said. For many residents, as she has always been our head of state, it is a confusing period.
Upon learning of her passing, the management of the cruise ship QE2, which bears the monarch’s name in Britain, expressed its condolences. It wrote on its official Instagram page, “It is with great sorrow that we express our sincere sympathies to the Royal Family on the demise of Her Majesty, The Queen.”
The liner, a floating luxury hotel at the Mina Rashid port in this city, was officially opened, christened, and kept close to the Queen’s heart. In a previous interview with the Khaleej Times, the general manager of QE2 stated that the Queen frequently inquired about the ship while visiting Dubai.