LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman is joining the royal family in mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth.
The Louisville woman has ties to the monarch with letters of correspondence, and even met Charles and Camila, who are now the new king and queen consort.
It’s the deep sorrow that weighs heavily on Patricia Watt’s heart now.
“It hit like a ton of bricks. This is the only one most people have ever known 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 that I’ve tried to remember over the last 10 years is that, they may be royal, but the British royal family is just that — they are a family with everything that comes with it,” Watts said.
Watts met both Charles and Camila on March 20, 2015, during their visit to 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 over toward me and his eyes can just pierce right through you. It’s like he sees into you, not just sees you but sees into you,” Watts said.
The Louisville native cherishes when she met the Duchess of Cornwall turned Queen Consort at Churchill Downs several years ago.
“It was surreal at the time. It was absolutely surreal. And now when I look at that photo and know that that is no longer the Duchess of Cornwall, that is the Queen Consort and I met her,” Watts said.
Watts recalls the most recent trip to London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, learning messages from her life.
“I remember this and found comfort in this one when my own grandmother died a few years back. The queen said after 9/11 that grief was the price we pay for love and if you think about it, it’s true. You don’t grieve somebody you don’t care about and I think that’s what we’re seeing now is that a lot of people are realizing whether they knew it or not. That to some degree they loved Her Majesty,” Watts said.
Now Watts is navigating through grief and love for the queen who had a duty for life.