LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman joins the royal family in mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth.
The Louisville woman has connections to the monarch with letters of correspondence, and has even met Charles and Camila, who are now the new king and queen consort.
It is the deep sorrow that now weighs heavily on the heart of Patricia Watt.
“It hit like a ton of bricks. It’s the only one most people have ever experienced and to have that change in an instant was just stunning,” Watts said.
She’s a blogger in Louisville. Her site A Petite Princess follows the royal family.
“One thing I’ve tried to remember over the past 10 years is that they may be royals, but the British royal family is just that – it’s a family with everything that goes with it,” Watts said.
Watts met Charles and Camila on March 20, 2015, while visiting Louisville.
“When he (King Charles) came in 2015 to Louisville, and I was in the room with him and he walked down the center aisle of, you know, where people were sitting. He looked at me and his eyes can just pierce you. It’s like he sees into you, not just seeing you but into you,” Watts said.
The Louisville native cherishes meeting the Duchess of Cornwall who became Queen Consort at Churchill Downs several years ago.
“It was surreal then. It was absolutely surreal. And now when I look at this photo and know it’s not the Duchess of Cornwall anymore, it’s the Queen Consort and I have it encountered,” Watts said.
Watts recalls the last trip to London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, learning messages from her life.
“I remember it and found solace in it when my own grandmother passed away a few years ago. The Queen said after 9/11 that heartbreak is the price we pay for love and if you think about it, it’s true. You don’t mourn someone you don’t care about and I think that’s what we’re seeing now is a lot of people realizing whether they knew it or not. That to some extent they loved Her Majesty,” Watts said.
Now Watts navigates through grief and love for the Queen who had a duty to live.