Port Townsend: British community mourns death of Queen Mum

PORT TOWNSEND — The British community here is mourning the death of Her Majesty Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died March 30 at the age of 101.

Elizabeth was born when Queen Victoria was on the throne, came of age during the “Great War” and became queen of an empire at age 36.

“She was my queen,” said Ann Henshall, who was born near Manchester, England, in 1935. “I have wonderful memories of the Queen Mum.”

“I was very sad,” added Betty Johnson, who lived in London during the war. “She was a magnificent woman.”

Henshall and Johnson are members of Port Townsend’s English Rose Chapter of Daughters of the British Empire, an organization for women of British or Commonwealth birth or parentage.

Its 24 members form the core of the British community in Port Townsend.

Heather Mitchell, who serves as the chapter’s recording secretary, will be sending Internet condolences to the royal family.


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