Foreign citizens residing in Southampton shared their views on the Queen’s funeral.
Elizabeth II has inspired millions across Britain and the rest of the world.
Crowds of people lined the streets of London and Windsor to watch her funeral procession and pay her respects on Monday.
In the wake of this historic event, non-British people living in Southampton have expressed their views on the royal family and the national reaction to the monarch’s death.
Anan Almadi, 22, said: “She was in business in seventy years and it seems very surreal.
“The Queen has done a lot of good things and although I feel there is a lot of controversy surrounding her, I think people have finally realized that she can be separated from the government and just judged as a woman. , and she was a really good woman.
“We only had kings from Saudi Arabia, every one of them was a male king, and it was very nice to have a female queen.”
The student said she understood people were “hurt” and that Britain would be different, but she expected a new king to be “refreshing”.
football Hadi El Masry, a 22-year-old student who moved to Southampton from Canada less than two years ago, said he did not expect her death to become such a historic event.
He said: “From what my British friends say and especially older people who speak highly of her, I can see how she has made an impact and why, but I’m still learning the culture itself.
“Seeing how many people came to her funeral and celebrities I look up to like David Beckham waiting in line for hours made me a bit more interested because as a foreigner it made me think it was a lot more than I thought . to be”.
Roxana Ahmed, 45, was born in Bangladesh and moved to the UK when she was ten.
She said: “I think some people might be angry about it because they’re spending a lot of time and money on one person while everyone else is struggling to pay the bills.
“But at the same time, she has already given seventy years of her life to the country. It’s not her fault she was born into royalty, so I didn’t think anything negative about it.
If they did nothing, then all her life, which she gave to the people, would have been in vain.”
“There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s nothing good either,” she added.