British-born New Yorkers mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth

British-born New Yorkers flocked to English grocery store Myers of Keswick in the West Village on Thursday to mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth and pay tribute to a matriarch who “embodied stoicism, calm and steadfastness.”

“I just wanted a sausage roll to feel better, so that’s what I’m doing,” said Stevie Bowen, 26, an Upper East Sider who was born in Luton, England.

“She feels right at home and her death is filled with nostalgia,” said Bowen, who was holding a bag of British goodies. “She reminds me of my grandma, my grandma, just a generation that’s been through so much.”

Mourners left lilies and red carnations outside the shop, which sells everything from meat pies to jams on Hudson and Jane streets.

“She was 96, so I knew it was imminent, but on one hand, I felt like she was forever, like she was going to live forever,” said store owner Jennifer Myers-Pulidore, 44. “I didn’t think it was going to be like that would be coming soon.”

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Woman places flowers outside a display of the late Queen Elizabeth gathered at Tea and Sympathy and A Salt and Battery.
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She said business has been booming since the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday afternoon. “There is much going on. People who want flags, people who want the rest of the memorabilia that we have,” said Myers-Pulidore, who is a dual citizen.

A whiff of shepherd’s pie was in the air at the grocery store, where BBC radio was broadcasting live and a framed photograph of young Queen Elizabeth stood in a window.

Outside, Maggie B., who is originally from Leicester, England, said: “What amazed me was that she did her duty up to the last day.”

Unfortunately, she said, the Queen’s successor, King Charles, is royally boring.

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Mourners of the late Queen are visiting local British spots across the city.
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Some British-born New Yorkers felt like they’d lost a close relative as news of the Queen’s death broke.
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“He’s just boring. Really, I’m sorry. It is not his fault. He’s just not inspiring to me,” she said.

Claudia Morse, who bought a container of hot mustard, later confessed to a cashier: “It’s so sad about the Queen.”

“I just think she embodied stoicism, calmness and steadfastness. Never complained. She has worked really hard in her life. She was a good example of someone trying their best,” she said. British-born New Yorkers mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth


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