To the thousands who gather outside Windsor Castle today, she is their Queen, but for many of them, she is also their neighbour.
The Royal Family has been associated with Windsor for generations, and the Queen is a frequently welcome sight for those living in the historic market town.
To them, the Queen’s death was more than the loss of a king, they had lost part of their home.
Richard Endacott, 47, proudly carries the Confederate Flag on one shoulder, living just a mile and a half from the Long Walk and Windsor Castle.
He was among the crowds in attendance, waiting to say one last goodbye to the late monarch before she made the pledge at St George’s Chapel.
He told Sky News: “The Queen is an important part of Windsor. That would be a huge loss for the town.
“She’s friendly, approachable, always stopping and chatting, especially with us, the locals will see her quite often.”
He added: “(She is) someone who is like a puppet and like a place of reference for the nation, it is bigger than the monarchy itself, she has been an important part of her life. I.”
His granddaughter, Ffion Lewis, 15, said the Queen had “a lot of love for Windsor” as she and her uncle looked around the gathering crowd.
As the afternoon dragged on, the crowds stretched as far as the eye could see.
Throughout the day, they watched events happening 25 miles away in London, broadcast on screens along the road leading to the castle.
But as 3 p.m. approaches, one can feel an atmosphere of anticipation as Windsor becomes the center of events.
The air shakes with cannon fire, muted but no less emotional around the Long Walk.
As the Queen’s coffin in the state hearse approached, the faint whispers of the already quiet crowd were silenced.
People craned their necks, stood on tiptoes and picked up their phones to take pictures – anything to get a final look at Queen Elizabeth.
As the hearse and procession passed through the castle gates and toward St George’s Chapel, the crowd broke out into broad applause.
It is a day to bid farewell to a king who has reigned firmly for seven decades, and it is clear that she holds a place in the hearts of the thousands who have come to Windsor.
But beneath that murky tune there’s also joy: a woman reunites with her bridesmaids after nine years, and new friends exchange phone numbers.
Louise Bellamy, who attended with her children, said today’s events in Windsor marked “the end of an era”.
“It’s a moment we’ll never see again, it’s good for the kids to learn and experience it.”
When asked what struck her about the Queen’s legacy, she added: “How loved and respected she is – it’s the end of an era for so many people. many people.
“I think she would be honored to have so many people from all over the world come to pay their respects.”