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Seattle reacts to death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

KIRO Seattle 9/9/2022 Gwen Baumgardner

Queen Elizabeth was no stranger to Seattle, making a royal visit in 1983. Now, in turn, Seattle residents are mourning the end of an era. Many residents reflected on her life while visiting English-influenced restaurants in the Emerald City.

At the George and Dragon, a UK-inspired pub in Fremont, people gathered to toast to her life 4,400 miles away from where the Queen passed.

At Pike Place’s ‘The Crumpet Shop,’ manager Robin Lasater says crumpets served as a comfort food following the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death. The shop, a Seattle staple, is based on an English specialty that royals are rumored to have for breakfast each day.

“I was sad but also proud to have something that would remind people of her legacy,” says Lasater.

Mary Greengo with Seattle’s Queen Mary Tea Emporium calls Her Majesty a long-standing inspiration.

“70 years of being a stable force. I think that’s something we can all admire,” says Greengo.

On Twitter, Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene wrote, ‘I join the U.S. in mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. She dedicated her life to service to country for over seven decades & was a pillar of stability for the UK & the Commonwealth.’

Some members of the Seattle community tell KIRO 7 they are skeptical about whether anyone could fill her shoes, calling the Queen an icon and an inspiration.

“I think Charles is going to be there. I don’t know whether we want him there or not, but that’s where he’s going to be,” says Greengo.

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