SEATTLE — Queen Elizabeth was no stranger to Seattle, making a royal visit in 1983. Now, in turn, the people of Seattle are mourning the end of an era. Many residents have reflected on his life by visiting English-influenced restaurants in the Emerald City.
At the George and Dragon, a British-inspired pub in Fremont, people gathered to toast her life 4,400 miles from where the Queen passed.
At “The Crumpet Shop” in Pike Place, manager Robin Lasater says crumpets served as comfort food after news broke of Queen Elizabeth’s death. The boutique, a Seattle staple, is based on an English specialty that the royal family would have for breakfast every day.
“I was sad but also proud to have something that would remind people of his legacy,” Lasater says.
Mary Greengo of Seattle’s Queen Mary Tea Emporium considers Her Majesty a longtime inspiration.
“70 years of being a stable force. I think that’s something we can all look up to,” says Greengo.
On Twitter, Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene wrote, “I join the United States in mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. She dedicated her life to the service of the country for over seven decades and was a pillar of stability for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Some members of the Seattle community tell KIRO 7 they are skeptical if anyone could fill their shoes, calling the queen an icon and an inspiration.
“I think Charles is going to be there. I don’t know if we want him there or not, but that’s where he’s going to be,” Greengo says.
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