The two Sunrise presenters described the overwhelming emotions they felt after they joined thousands of people paying their last respects to the Queen.
Natalie Barr, who grew up in Western Australia, and co-presenter David ‘Kochi’ Koch have become part of the Channel 7 team in the UK to provide coverage as the world bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.
Barr said walking past the 96-year-old woman’s coffin at Westminster Hall in central London felt like she had lost a member of her family.
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“You go out there and the emotion just washes over you,” she said a week after the royal’s death.
“I didn’t think I would feel this way. You thought, “Wow, there she is.”
“It’s an absolutely gorgeous huge medieval hall and there’s not a single sound.”
Earlier, the couple interviewed dozens of people who waited for hours in a line almost eight kilometers long to say goodbye to the monarch during her eulogy.
Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life from Britain and around the world waited patiently for the opportunity to walk by the coffin.
Officials expect around 750,000 people to view the coffin before the Queen’s state funeral.
Given the chance, Kochi said, “Only people young and old, diversity of faces, diversity of religion, belief, are here to honor this woman. I will never forget it.
Meanwhile, Britain is preparing to welcome presidents, prime ministers and royals from around the world to a funeral on Monday in what is likely to be one of the grandest ceremonies ever seen in the British capital, with thousands of military personnel in attendance. .
“It is our aim and belief that the state funerals and events over the next few days will bring people together around the world,” said Earl Marshal Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, who is England’s most senior peer and is responsible for state events, he said.