Rosie Jones has revealed that the day of the Queen’s death was particularly poignant for her family, as her grandparents received a special telegram from the late monarch that morning.
Today, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is set to take place in London, as her coffin is transported from Westminster Hall – where it has been lying in state – to Westminster Abbey.
The royal died on Thursday September 8 at the age of 96 shortly after celebrating her Platinum Jubilee after 70 years on the throne, with her eldest son succeeding her as King Charles III.
Last night, Metro.co.uk spoke to comedian Rosie after her performance Festifeel, a festival for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! curated by patron Fearne Cotton.
The star, who’s appeared on TV programmes including The LAst Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats as well as her recently-launched show Trip Hazard, shared how the Queen’s death impacted her personally, saying it was ‘quite emotional’ in her family.
‘The day she died was my grandparents’ Diamond Jubilee, and on the day she died, they actually got a telegram from her. So that was really emotional,’ she said.
On the royal family’s official website, it outlines that wedding anniversary cards are sent to people in eligible countries when they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary (also known as their diamond wedding anniversary), their 65th, their 70th, and then every year after that.
Applications for wedding anniversary cards from the monarch have to be made before the day takes place by a relative or a friend.
Rosie expressed how ‘strange’ it will be now that the Queen has died, as she was ‘reigning all through my life, all through my parents’ lives’.
‘It’s an odd situation for her not to be here any more, so it’s very sad. But then again, it’s sad when anybody dies,’ she said.
‘It just reminds me to live life to the full and that’s what I try to do in my life and in my comedy. I don’t take anything for granted.’
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Speaking about the importance of CoppaFeel! and the charity’s event Festifeel, which was sponsored by Metro.co.uk, Rosie said that it meant ‘so much’ to her to take part as one of the entertainers on the line-up.
‘I earn a living by being silly and being funny, so any opportunity where I feel like I can give back and do something good,’ she shared.
Rosie added that she’s known Kris Hallenga – the founder of CoppaFeel!, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 23 years old – ‘for years’, describing her story as ‘amazing’.
‘I’m so proud to be part of it and my mum had cancer a few years ago – not breast cancer. So any time I feel like I can help out and do some good, I’m there,’ the comic added.
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