Sussex Royal Observer arrives from New Zealand to pay respects to Queen

Britain’s number one royal observer has traveled 11,600 miles from New Zealand to pay her respects to her beloved Queen.

Julia McCarthy-Fox, 57, spent around £2,500 to get home in time to say her goodbyes in person.

Since arriving back on British soil, she has set up camp at The Mall, where she had front row seats to watch the Queen arrive at Buckingham Palace for the last time.

When Julia moved to New Zealand from Horsham in 2019, her devoted love for the royal family remained unwavering.

The Argus: Queen Observer Julia McCarthy-Fox pictured in Kings Lynn for the Queen's Golden Jubilee Tour in 2002. Photo: Julia McCarthy-FoxQueen Observer Julia McCarthy-Fox pictured in Kings Lynn for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Tour in 2002. Photo: Julia McCarthy-Fox

She said: “It was quite strange when she arrived but it was very moving to see her coffin lit up like a spotlight as the hearse arrived in the dark and rain.

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

After seeing the Queen’s coffin in The Mall, she made her way to join the long and winding line to view her reclining condition.

She said: “I hope to get to the front this morning.

“I can sleep standing up so I have to do that in line, but I don’t know if I can sleep and walk.”

She said she was well-prepared for the long wait, adding, “I’ve packed a lot of chocolate so I’ll make a living from it.”

For the funeral, she plans to be in London the night before, leaving around 3am to say a final goodbye to the Queen.

She flies back to New Zealand on September 27th.

She said: “Although it was hard and frustrating at times, I’m so glad I came.

“I would have regretted it if I hadn’t.”

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