Among the crowd were relations and ancestors from other Commonwealth nations.
“Despite my Pakistani roots, I was born here and feel like I was part of the Commonwealth at some point, many years ago now, but I still have that attachment to the royal family,” Rifat Soifoo said.
“I thought this was the final occasion to pay my respects,” added Soifoo. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘The queen, God bless her soul, worked tirelessly, so selflessly,’ [and talking about] No matter what creed, color, community you belong to, how she brought the nation together.”
“She gave us so much,” said Chris Imafidon, a British Nigerian professor. “She wasn’t just a king there; she was a commoner. She worked with my charity in the inner city and invited our students to come to the palaces. .”