One of the Queen’s former butlers paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II and remembered her as a “surrogate mother”.
Paul Burrell stood at the Queen’s side for 11 years, serving as butler to Her Majesty for part of her 70 years on the throne.
The news of the Queen’s passing sent shockwaves around the world on Thursday The royal family announced her death from Balmoral Castle.
Tributes to Britain’s longest-ruling monarch poured in from around the world, including from Burrell, who described the Queen as “warm, wonderful, incredible and selfless”.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Burrell said on TalkTV’s newsroom.
“I am devastated to know that the Queen is no longer here. To me she was my surrogate mother in so many ways, she was incredibly warm.”
In an interview with Australian radio hosts on Friday, he recalled a story from “years ago” of how they also had some fun together at Buckingham Palace.
“She was just so amazing, she was just such an amazing, such an amazing character,” he said. “I have so many great memories. I even remember one occasion when I was running down a corridor with her. I can’t remember what I did, but I did something and she started running.”
“I thought nobody would believe that I actually walked with the Queen,” he added. “It was a very fast run, it was difficult to keep up with her.”
“She was a big part of my life, as she has been for everyone in our country, but for me – she stood by her for 11 years and traveled the world with her – she was always for me, my wife, from the start and my kids there days,” he told TalkTV’s newsroom.
The 64-year-old told how the Queen introduced him to his wife, encouraged him to get married and even went so far as to arrange his honeymoon at her favorite castle.
“She instigated me to get married in the first place. She said, “Paul, you will find that marriage is a wonderful institution once you have children. The glue that holds your family together is your children. You will not regret it.'”
“And so I married Prince Philip’s maid and she said, ‘Where are you going on your honeymoon?’ and I said. “We are considering going to Rhyl, Your Majesty.” ‘Rhyl?’ She said. ‘Not that Rhyl isn’t a place to go, but you will go to Balmoral.'”
The newlywed couple generously accepted the Queen’s invitation to her Scottish residence. “Nine months later our first son arrived, so I have a lot to thank the Queen for,” he said.
“She’s always been there — wonderful, incredible, selfless.”
In 1947, at the age of 21, the Queen vowed that her “whole life, short or long, will be devoted to your service”. She was later crowned Queen at the age of 25 and during her historic reign became a staunch icon in Britain and beyond.
“She was a good boss, she cared about the people who cared about her. She was always there for the people who served her and she took a personal interest in their lives. I can’t tell you how many times she’s interfered with my family life,” Burrell continued.
“When we had kids at the Royal Mews, she said, ‘You don’t have a garden, I’ll get you a key to the Buckingham Palace garden.’ She let my children play in the gardens of Buckingham Palace – not many monarchs would do that, would they?”
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After the death of the queen became known to the world, her 73-year-old son immediately became King Charles III. He will address the nation on Friday and will be officially proclaimed king on Saturday at St James’s Palace in London before a ceremonial body called the Accession Council.
A coronation date has not yet been set.
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