Owner of Little Taste of Britain mourns the loss of the Queen
LAYTON, Utah — There are plenty of British expatriates on the Wasatch Front reacting to the sad news about the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The owner of Little Taste of Britain opened the restaurant in Layton with her husband more than a dozen years ago when she was feeling homesick. Today, was another one of those days that had Mandy Island thinking about her homeland.
“She had a lot of grace. We all looked up to her,” Island said at her restaurant today.
Mandy Island and Marian Clements have been friends for nearly 20 years. They got together today at the restaurant to talk about the Queen.
Clements was actually at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 when Clements was 19 years old.
“She was beautiful. Always was, yeah,” Clements said.
The women had only heard about the Queen’s death 15 minutes before. They say they cried a little at first, and then started to reflect on the life of the long-time, beloved monarch.
“She’s such a leader,” Island said. “She’s like everything over there. She’s above all the Prime Ministers she’s very well looked up to. She’s very prim and proper.”
They will miss Queen Elizabeth’s grace, intelligence, and beauty.
“It was expected,” Clements said. “But, it’s still a shock she was a good good person, and all of England loved her.”
Island has a wall in the restaurant dedicated to the royal family. She comes from Northampton just like Princess Diana. So, she feels a special kind of bond with her.
The British expatriates see Queen Elizabeth’s death as the end of an era, and the beginning of a transition.
“It will be hard,” Clements said. “But, they’ll adjust. And now it’s ‘God save the King’ because he’s King Charles now.”
Mandy said that she and her husband will close the restaurant for the day of the funeral once the funeral once those arrangements are announced.
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