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     As we hear the sad news of Her Majesty the Queen's death on September 8, I think many people find it hard to believe that Britain's longest-reigning monarch has passed. For anyone under the age of 70, all we know is the fairy tale of the nation with Queen Elizabeth II. During the mourning period, I found myself with a shudder to remember that he had died, and that King Charles III had succeeded him as head of state.

    When I set off for London this morning, I was curious to see what the mood would be like. As I waited at the barriers near Wellington Barracks to see the cortege before it went to Windsor, the people must have been sad. There was also the feeling of witnessing a significant moment in history.

    People of all ages and backgrounds waited patiently, including those who had made long journeys from other parts of the UK. Many of those I spoke to pointed to the fact that we may not have another queen in our lifetime and said they wanted to honor a life of service and duty.

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    It was also a day of pomp and ceremony. From where I stood, even some distance from the main procession from Westminster Abbey, we saw the march from Westminster Abbey in a spectacular spectacle befitting a day of national, even global, importance.

    As we waited, there was a strong sense of togetherness as people met their new neighbors and discussed the day's events. Every point of the ceremony — the two minutes' silence, the gun salute, the arrival of the procession at Wellington Arch — heightened the awareness that the moment was fast approaching when we would have the opportunity to say goodbye to the late majesty.

    After about two hours of waiting, the moment arrived for the police to approach the audience on motorcycles. The crowd started clapping and finally Shravana carrying the coffin and crown jewels passed me.

    It was a slightly surreal moment, being aware of history passing before your eyes. The few seconds I witnessed the hearing with my own eyes will stay with me forever. It is humbling to know that I will share those memories with many others who were there Most importantly, the day also provided that sense of finality that comes with all funerals — knowing that an era has ended and being able to move on to the next. This closure is something that will enable us to remember the Queen's legacy, while looking forward to a future built on the foundations she laid.