Devoted royal fan travels 11,000 miles for Queen’s funeral and procession

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Julia McCarthy-Fox made an 11,600-mile trip from New Zealand to Britain to pay her last respects to the Queen. (SWNS)
Julia McCarthy-Fox made an 11,600-mile trip from New Zealand to Britain to pay her last respects to the Queen. (SWNS)

A royal family fan paid £2,500 to travel to the UK from New Zealand so she could pay her respects to the Queen.

Julia McCarthy-Fox, 57, made an 11,600-mile trip to say her goodbyes in person to the Queen, ahead of Monday’s funeral.

Since arriving back on British soil she has set up camp on The Mall where she witnessed the Queen arriving back at Buckingham Palace for the final time.

Ms McCarthy-Fox, who moved to New Zealand from Horsham in West Sussex in 2019, said: "It was quite odd when she arrived, but it was very moving, as her coffin was lit up like a spotlight as the hearse arrived in the dark and rain.

"I think the reality really hit me when I saw the car, it was very emotional."

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Queen Elizabeth II lies-in State in an empty Palace of Westminster Hall ahead of the public being allowed in to pay their respects to the late Queen on September 14, 2022 in London, England, during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Julia McCarthy-Fox has joined the queue to see the Queen lying in State. (Christopher Furlong/Getty)

Ms McCarthy-Fox then joined the long queue to see her lying-in state.

She said she was well prepared for the long wait, adding: "I have packed lots of chocolate so I will be living off that."

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She will stay in London for the funeral and is preparing to get up 3am to get a good spot before flying back to New Zealand on 27 September.

She said: "While it has been hard and frustrating at times I am so glad I have come.

"I would have regretted it if I didn’t."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 15: A large queue stretches along the River Thames opposite Houses of Parliament in the early hours as mourners join the line to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II during the lying-in-state at Westminster Hall in London, United Kingdom on September 15, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, 24 hours a day over the next four days ahead of the state funeral on Monday. (Photo by Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A large queue stretches along the River Thames opposite Houses of Parliament in the early hours as mourners join the line to pay their respects to the Queen. (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

The Queen will lie in state until Monday morning, shortly before the state funeral takes place.

Thousands of mourners are continuing to join the queue to see the Queen’s coffin, with some people reporting waiting for nine hours before entering Westminster Hall.

King Charles will not be making any public appearances today as he has taken a day of reflection following a momentous week.