Last two mourners to see Queen Elizabeth's coffin forged friendship that will 'last forever'
The last two mourners to see Queen Elizabeth II's coffin as it lay in state said they formed a friendship that will 'last forever.'
LONDON — They forged a friendship that will “last forever” while saying farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.
Chrissy Heerey, a member of the Royal Air Force, was the last of the legion of mourners to file past the former monarch's coffin when the doors to London's Westminster Hall were finally closed at 6:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET) Monday.
Just ahead of her was Sima Mansouri, who said she had idolized the queen since the 1970s when she was a little girl in Iran.
“I was the last person to pay my respects to the queen and it felt like a real privilege to do that,” said Heerey, who traveled to London from Melton Mowbray, a small town around 120 miles north of Britain's capital.
Sima Mansouri, 55, was born in Iran, but has lived in London for the last 25 years.Alexander Smith / NBC News“It’s one of the highlights of my life and I feel very privileged to be here,” added Heerey, who made the 5-mile trek from Southwark Park to Westminster not once, but twice.