'Sums up nation’s grief': Heartfelt note to the Queen left by grief-stricken royal fan leaves people in tears
The sweet note read, 'It hurts, ma’am. It hurts so bad. We’re not ready to bid you farewell'
LONDON, ENGLAND: Queen Elizabeth II's passing away last week has everyone devastated. There has been an avanlanche of messages and gifts left at Her Majesty’s residences, but there was one note among all those messages that left people in tears after it went viral.
Rick Petrachi, a royal reporter, wrote that note and placed it inside a plastic wrap to protect it from the rain, and people are saying it “sums up” how the United Kingdom feels at this time. The sweet note read, “It hurts, ma’am. It hurts so bad. We’re not ready to bid you farewell. You have taught us everything, except how to live in your absence."
The note continued, "Our hearts are shattered in pieces. A world without you is simply unimaginable. A Britain without its Platinum Queen is unimaginable.” It also mentioned that the Queen is irreplaceable. "Wherever you are, never stop guiding and protecting us like you have done all these years. Wake us up and tell us this is just another bad dream because the pain is unbearable. After all, like Philip to you, you were our strength and stay," it added.
Lastly, the message ended by thanking the Monarch for her “love” and saying she will be “forever in our hearts," and a heartwarming line at the bottom that said, “Hope you’re watching us eating your marmalade sandwich.”
I’ve spent the past 3 days in denial and then today found the courage to go and leave my tribute to the great woman The Queen was. It hurts so bad but I find comfort that you found your peace. May you rest in piece, Ma’am. I can now say: God Save The King! #TheQueen pic.twitter.com/Qp55ngKf9c— Rick Petrachi (@richardpetrachi) September 11, 2022
The "marmalade sandwich" line was a nod to the famous sketch the Queen did in June at her Jubilee Celebrations with Paddington Bear. During the sketch, Bear learned that even the Queen loves marmalade sandwiches and had one kept in her bag "for later."
A photo of the message was shared by a fan on Instagram with a beautiful caption saying, "This perfectly sums up how we all feel. I really do wish she left us a recorded goodbye message. Rest on our dearest Lilibet.” The heartwarming post racked up around 4,000 likes, with many royal fans commenting on the poignant words. One person said: “Reading this made me cry.” Another added: “I was barely holding it together, but then that last sentence, I lost it again.” While a third commented: “Whoever wrote that beautiful message....our thanks. True to every word..she is irreplaceable and it's difficult to imagine UK without a Queen.”
On Monday, September 19, Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest during her funeral at 11 am. European royals, heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in Westminster Abbey to pay their last respects to Her Majesty, the Queen before she departs to her final resting place. She will be interred beside her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in the royal vault in King George VI Memorial chapel at Windsor Castle.