Following the Queen’s passing at the age of 96, people across Merseyside and Cheshire have been exchanging memories of her.
When Queen visited Liverpool in 2008, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram recalled his “fond” recollections of having lunch with the “amazing monarch.”
He remembered that she enjoyed the Scouse sense of humor and sometimes “went into convulsions of laughing.”
Public buildings’ flags are flown at half-staff, and municipalities have started keeping condolence books.
In the heart of Liverpool, digital billboards are also displaying tributes to the Queen.
According to a tweet from Mr. Rotheram, “I had the honor of serving as Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 2008, functioning as the city’s first citizen during its glorious year as European Capital of Culture.”
“My first formal task was to greet The Queen when she arrived in Liverpool.
“I spoke with her for a while and sat next to her for a luncheon at St. George’s Hall.
“It is a moment I cherish looking back on.
“I got to see a side of her that day that not many other people do.
It’s reasonable to assume that she enjoyed Scouse humor since she often broke out in fits of giggles, to the point that she needed to get a handkerchief out of her purse to wipe the tears from her eyes.
When she visited Liverpool in 2016, Roy Gladden, the city’s Lord Mayor, met her and was impressed by her “genuine warmth and sincerity.”
Her many trips to Liverpool over her lengthy reign, which always brought sizable crowds of well-wishers, were among the many things the people of our city will remember her for, he added.
Joanne Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, commented on a “very tragic day in our history” and the “warm welcome” she received from the city during her several trips.
Whether it was for the inauguration of the Kingsway Tunnel, the Garden Festival, the Golden Jubilee festivities, or when the Queen launched the new Museum of Liverpool, she added, “There can’t be many people who do not have a recollection of Her Majesty The Queen visiting the city.”
The gracious reception she always received on her travels to Liverpool is evidence of the respect and esteem with which she was regarded.
Liverpool resident Tracy Marshall, 58, remembers feeling “quite star-struck” at a special meal with the Queen.
During the three-course lunch, she said that the Queen was “quite gracious.”
She remarked, “At the time, I worked for Liverpool City Council administering funding for communities, therefore I was picked to have lunch with the Queen.
“As we were all waiting in line to greet her, she said, “And what is it that you do?” as she approached me.
“I lost my ability to speak and felt really star-struck all of a sudden. Gloria, a friend of mine, had to answer for me.”
She said, “The lunch, a three-course sit-down dinner at the town hall, was magnificent. The Queen was extremely sympathetic in her reaction to the situation and simply went on as usual.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council Leader Louise Gittins called the Queen’s “selflessness and public service” a “inspiration to us all.”
She said that during the monarch’s visit to Chester in June 2018, 14,000 people showed their support, making it “one of the City of Chester’s greatest honors.”
Added Ms. Gittins: “She showed loyalty to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during her more than 70-year reign, as well as a commitment to a life of service.
“We are fortunate to have participated in Her Majesty’s magnificent reign, and we shall miss her much.”
Andrew Bentley, the chief executive of Chester’s Storyhouse, remembered the “wonderful” encounter he had with Her Majesty when she and the Duchess of Sussex visited the theater in 2018.
He said that the two were “giggling and smiling all day long, it was simply fantastic” as they attended a performance by 400 schoolchildren.
He said, “It was simply a great day.”