London-born and raised Lexington woman remembers Queen Elizabeth

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — As you may already know, the late Queen Elizabeth has personal ties here to bluegrass.

A Lexington woman was born and raised in South London, but ended up putting down roots here in Kentucky.

As far back as Mandy Mills can remember, the queen was an important part of her life.

“When you see her so much, she becomes part of your household, she becomes part of the conversation,” said Mills, owner of Chevy Chase Coin Laundry Wildcat Express.

She said she wished she could return to London and visit Buckingham Palace to pay her respects, as she did when Princess Diana died.

His family was there last week, and they said the streets were filled with people and flowers.

“For me in my life, being from there, into my 20s, it means a lot to me to be respectful and watch this, and not in person but watch this and pay tribute on TV” , Mills said.

When Mandy moved overseas to come to Kentucky for school, she didn’t realize there was a bit of home here in bluegrass. The Queen loved horses and came to visit Lexington for the races.

“You know, it feels like a part of her is still there,” Mills said.

Although people like Mandy looked up to the Queen, not everyone felt the same way.

People around the world say they don’t mourn the Queen’s death like Professor Opal Palmer Adisa. She is a writer and scholar born in Jamaica, a country ruled by Britain for more than 300 years.

“The British government and the Queen have treated us rather badly as they have gained and benefited enormously from us in the Caribbean as African people,” Adisa said.

Mills said she understands everyone has their own opinion on the monarchy.

“They could have had negative experiences from him. I did not do it. And so I respect that they have those feelings,” Mills said.

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