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UK native said Queen Elizabeth II unified people at home and abroad

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APOPKA, Fla. — People in the United Kingdom and across the globe are mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch was able to unify people in the United Kingdom and worldwide during her 70-year reign.

Nicholas Grounds lives in Apopka but is from the UK, and is the former President and Executive Director of the British American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.

He said the Queen always remained neutral and a great unifier. He said even when it came to a U.S. President, the Queen always showed them respect.

“Just going to miss her,” he said. 

It is a tough time for Grounds and others across the UK and around the globe as people mourn the loss of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. He believes the Queen exemplified her role and unified everyone no matter their view.

“The Queen was just basically exemplary in one her neutrality on everything. She met and greeted and treated, let’s say, every U.S. President, whether they were Democrat or Republican, whether she liked them or didn’t like them, you would never know it. She treated everyone with that real royal dignity,” Grounds said.

He grew up in the UK and moved to the states in the late ’80s. For him, Queen Elizabeth is the only Queen he has ever known. However, he said you weren’t really taught how to curtsy and bow but just understood it was a tradition and a sign of respect.

“The Queen was someone to look up to,” he said. “I just really hope the next generations of royals keep that on because the Queen really in 70 years didn’t make mistakes.”

He believes her ability to connect everyone ties back to one principle.

“Not only did she unify the people of Great Britain because she didn’t take any side. She was completely neutral, and I think that is so difficult to do because everybody they’re given a question will give their opinion. She never did,” Grounds said. 

He explains that the Queen had a straightforward mindset.

“It was always duty and country,” he said. 

He thinks the monarchy plays a vital role because it helps unify the country.

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