Catherine Zeta-Jones: Queen’s death makes me homesick but proud of my legacy

Catherine Zeta-Jones says she feels like she’s “losing a real family member” following the Queen’s death and the news makes her “homesick” but “proud of my legacy”. “.

The Welsh actress, 52, said the king was a “real inspiration” and a figure of “power and respect”.

Praises from famous faces poured in from both home and abroad following the announcement of the Queen’s death on Thursday.

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The Welsh actress said the king was a ‘real inspiration’ and a figure of ‘power and respect’ (PA)

Speaking at Disney’s Expo D23 on Saturday, Zeta-Jones said she called her family back home and “felt like a little piece of me was gone”.

“I’m a big royalist and I love the royal family and what they do for our country,” she told the PA news agency.

“As a girl who grew up in Wales, in England, in Great Britain, I had the strongest, safest mother to be around but I also had a queen.

“And I don’t just mean she’s a queen sitting on a throne, we’re at Disney where queens and princesses are the subject of much attention, but a woman who is an inspiration. really excited.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m British but I feel like a small part of me is gone. There will never be a queen in my life again, but it’s a very strange feeling. (I feel) so homesick, so proud of my heritageCatherine Zeta-Jones

“I’m in a country that has never had a woman as a figure of leadership, power and respect, and so I will miss her very much.”

She continued: “I kept calling my mom on FaceTime and asking ‘how are you feeling?’ and they say ‘yeah’.

“I don’t know if it’s because I’m British but I just feel like a small part of me is gone.”

“There will never be a queen in my life again, but it is a very strange feeling. (I feel) very homesick, very proud of my heritage. “

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Zeta-Jones told PA she believes King Charles will do “an exceptional job” because “the baton has been passed”.

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Joanne Whalley, star of the 1988 fantasy film Willow and its 2022 spin-off series, said the news ‘prevented me from following’ (Anthony Harvey/PA)

Joanne Whalley, star of the 1988 fantasy film Willow and the 2022 spin-off series, said the news “stuck in my way”.

“I didn’t know what to think because it was unthinkable,” the British actress told PA at D23.

“I think a lot of people think the same whether you agree with monarchy or whatever.

“Politics aside… what a woman. It is ingrained in all of our experiences. We all share this icon for good.

“I don’t think we’ve all digested it. What a sad, sad day.”

Back in the UK, other British acting talents including Daniel Craig, Dick Van Dyke, Stephen Fry, Dame Joanna Lumley and Dame Helen Mirren all praised the monarch and her contributions to the nation.

Musical stars including Sir Elton John, Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Paul McCartney have all reflected on their encounters and performing experiences for the Queen.

Sir Paul shared fond memories of decades with the monarch who “flooded back” after her death, which lasted from 1965 to 2018, when he made her “giggle a little”.

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Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter says her mother will be ‘deeply saddened’ by the news of the Queen’s death, having known her since the monarch’s 16th birthday (PA)

Sir Elton dedicated his final live performance in Toronto on Thursday to the Queen, as did pop superstar Harry Styles, who encouraged audiences at his performance at Madison Square Garden to applaud the king’s seven decades of service.

Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter, Victoria Lewis-Jones, said her mother would be “deeply saddened” by the news of the monarch’s death, having known her since the late monarch’s 16th birthday.

In a statement shared with PA, Ms Lewis-Jones recalled her mother’s experiences with the monarch and their shared dedication to charity work.

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