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Erica James - Author of twenty-four bestselling novels. Mothers and Daughters now out in paperback.

1 day ago
Erica James

Where to start after a day like yesterday! All day I hardly moved from the sofa, reluctant to miss a single second of our Queen's funeral. Much will be written in the days, weeks and years to come about the historic moment we witnessed and how it was perfectly carried out with unrivalled precision and pageantry, and rightly so.

The solemnity of the occasion was guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings and who could have kept their lower lip from wobbling at the sight of Emma, the Queen's pony, and her two corgis, Sandy and Muick that were waiting to greet Her Majesty as she was returned to Windsor to be buried alongside her husband?

And what about those wonderful young men who carried the precious coffin so carefully and all the while watched by 5.1 billion people around the world? I was holding my breath as they negotiated those final step leading up to Windsor Castle, but with collective skill and strength they served their Queen superbly well right to the end and did our country proud.

I could go on and on, but I shan't for fear of not doing justice to what we all feel. For most of us today, and maybe with a heavy heart, it's back to work and a return to normal life with all its many challenges. But before I sign off, I'll leave you with the words spoken by the Dean of Windsor yesterday as I think he said much that is worth reflecting on. (You'll probably have to zoom in to read it.)

Best wishes to you all.

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Where to start after a day like yesterday!  All day I hardly moved from the sofa, reluctant to miss a single second of our Queens funeral.  Much will be written in the days, weeks and years to come about the historic moment we witnessed and how it was perfectly carried out with unrivalled precision and pageantry, and rightly so.  

The solemnity of the occasion was guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings and who could have kept their lower lip from wobbling at the sight of Emma, the Queens pony, and her two corgis, Sandy and Muick that were waiting to greet Her Majesty as she was returned to Windsor to be buried alongside her husband?

And what about those wonderful young men who carried the precious coffin so carefully and all the while watched by 5.1 billion people around the world?  I was holding my breath as they negotiated those final step leading up to Windsor Castle, but with collective skill and strength they served their Queen superbly well right to the end and did our country proud.  

I could go on and on, but I shant for fear of not doing justice to what we all feel.  For most of us today, and maybe with a heavy heart, its back to work and a return to normal life with all its many challenges.  But before I sign off, Ill leave you with the words spoken by the Dean of Windsor yesterday as I think he said much that is worth reflecting on.  (Youll probably have to zoom in to read it.) 

Best wishes to you all.

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My admiration, as well as those mentioned or not goes to the drivers of the hearse and other cars. Not easy to drive that slow for that length of time 😐 well done all xx

Me too. It was incredible. Unfortunately the music of the bands have engrained themselves in my brain this morning!!🙈 the marching bands would be flashed all over the world, cant imagine Britain without all that pomp and pageantry and history. What a spectacle although very sad occasion.

It was a wonderful send off for Her Majesty the Queen, I was glued to my television & watched it all - my heart was in my mouth as the coffin was carried up to Windsor Castle. I was so in awe of William & Catherine’s children who were so calm & collected for their ages 💗💗

Watching the funeral yesterday, a strange but yet poignant thing happened. 😢 When the coffin was lifted off the gun carriage to go into Westminster Abbey, the dog - who’d been sitting quietly between Keith and I - jumped up and went up to the tv and barked at it. Then he came and sat down again!

Only our country could do such a wonderful ceremony for our precious Queen

Beautifully said…. The dogs, the horse, the national anthem and the moment the coffin was lowered in St George’s Chapel were the moments that started me off again! It was beautifully executed and my heart goes out to the whole family who have had an exhausting and emotional week. I hope now they can grieve in peace and reflect on the Queens life…. ❤️

Proud Aussie here, but my entire family and extended family (still in UK) were all born in England. I have to say I never really thought much about my roots until I visited the UK about 8 years ago and to this day I still wonder what my life would have been like if my family didn't emigrate here 50 years ago. The funeral was just such a wonderful send off to a lovely lady. No-one does pomp and ceremony like the Brits! Prince George and Princess Charlotte were impeccable which goes to show what wonderful parents William and Catherine are. I really hope that we never become a republic. I also find it quite funny that pretty well much all of my favourite authors are from the UK..... This will be one of my tattoos one day

May we all learn and take forward the values and ideals of our late Queen, just another precious soul treading the path of life and providing love, friendship and an enduring faith in Jesus Christ, our Saviour xx

Beautifully said Erica. It was the funeral our queen deserved and a day carried out to perfection, so perfect in every way!🌷

Another scene that struck me was the way the young naval ratings parted company to allow the bearer party through to the gun carriage and snapped back into perfect formation after their role was completed. Sheer perfection in action. And let's not even go there with the coffin being carried up the steps to St George, a heart stopping moment.

I sat up until 2am in Australia and yes, the pony and corgis made me cry.

Well so pleased everything went to plan for our beloved queen so emotional and I hope the family have time to grieve privately now it must have been such a strain having to go through it all in the bublic eye.Think we are all in awe of how it was all put together and some of the military were only young lads especially the pallbearers well done to them all .God bless our beloved queen reunited with her beloved Philip xx💞

Well said Erica! As our Country and the Commonwealth gave Our Queen such a wonderful send off it occurred to me that it was nothing compared to the loyalty, love and sheer hard work that our gracious Queen had given to us. May she rest in peace knowing her work is done.

I watched it all. It was magnificent and everyone involved did their Queen proud. There were so many tear in the eye moments, the carriage going past Buckingham Palace for the very last time, Emma, and the corgis then I was broken by the coffin being lowered at Windsor and the piper. And as for Kirsty's final sign off....😥

Everything absolutely everything was superb and rightly so for the wonderful woman our Queen. Xx

Well said Erica 🥰 My goodness what a lovely send off . I too though was in bits all throughout the day, so many lovely tributes to our lovely late Queen 💕xxx

I also held my breath as they carried the coffin up the steps to the chapel. Also Prince George and Princess Charlotte were so grown up and so brave. My heart goes out to the Royal family, such grief and to have to put on a brave face and be in the public eye as they have been in the last 11 days must have been almost unbearable at times.

I am sure she was smiling down on her family and her country and I believe she would have been overwhelmed by the crowds who came to pay their respects whether it be lying in state or lining the route. Sadly we shall never see the likes of her again thank you for your service and now she is laid to rest with her husband and family ❤️

Yes it was absolutely amazing. It makes me feel so proud to be British. I was in absolute awe at the precision of each step that was taken by everyone. The coffin bearers were wonderful. So sad to see her corgis and pony waiting to say a final farewell.

The funeral March was so haunting and went over and over in my mind. And the drum beat keeping everyone in step. The muffled bell at Westminster Abbey. Empty London streets empty apart from the gun carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin. And thousands of mourners, quietly respectful of the occasion.

You summed it up perfectly Erica James. It was a perfect day. My heart goes out to all the family, I hope they now have a few days to grieve in peace and recover from the last 10 days.

I have read that the family will remain in mourning for another week with no official engagements and they will need it. My heart goes out to them all at how they have been under the spotlight at such an awful time. I’m sure they all need to sit and do nothing but think of their mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

The 2 children - George and Charlotte - were an example to us all too. So solemn and well behaved throughout. When I think of some 9 and 7 yr olds that I know………

Like you, I too was glued to my seat. Not wanting to miss a moment. It made me very proud. I zoomed the piece you’ve shown but still can’t read it I’m afraid. Your words have moved me to tears once again. My eyes seem to be on the brim of spilling over constantly at the moment. Yesterday felt personal. 💜💜💜💜💜

It was a wonderful day and so emotional, everyone played their part to perfection 🇬🇧❤️🇬🇧

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3 days ago
Erica James

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments in response to my "Queue Adventure" on Thursday. As the days have gone by and the length of time it has taken for others to pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall, I've counted my blessings that I went as soon as I did, but also I feel a bit of a fraud, that a mere six and a half hour wait makes me a lightweight! I really applaud those who have queued through the cold nights for twelve hours and more. We British, with our extraordinary fondness for orderly queuing, have been in training all our lives for this moment and I think the Queen would have been proud of us.

Yesterday I took a friend up to the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk so that she could pay her respects to the Queen. We were met with an amazing sight, a colourful sea of floral tributes placed at the Norwich Gates and all along one of the walls. The scent was beautiful, just like being inside a florist's shop. It was a very moving display and once again showed the high esteem in which the Queen was held and how much she'll be missed, and not just by older generations.

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Thank you all so much for your lovely comments in response to my Queue Adventure on Thursday.  As the days have gone by and the length of time it has taken for others to pay their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall, Ive counted my blessings that I went as soon as I did, but also I feel a bit of a fraud, that a mere six and a half hour wait makes me a lightweight!  I really applaud those who have queued through the cold nights for twelve hours and more.  We British, with our extraordinary fondness for orderly queuing, have been in training all our lives for this moment and I think the Queen would have been proud of us.

Yesterday I took a friend up to the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk so that she could pay her respects to the Queen.  We were met with an amazing sight, a colourful sea of floral tributes placed at the Norwich Gates and all along one of the walls.  The scent was beautiful, just like being inside a florists shop.  It was a very moving display and once again showed the high esteem in which the Queen was held and how much shell be missed, and not just by older generations. 

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I live very close to Sandringham it was sight to see 💕

Makes one so proud to be British!

I also visited Sandringham yesterday - it was a lovely way to pay our respects to a wonderful monarch

What a pity though that people didn't donate to charities instead of buying flowers, just think how much money could have been raised for very worthy causes.

What a one in a lifetime opportunity. Im trying to explain tmtoy daughter the signifance of the Queens funeral etc, these ceremonies are so uncommon (aside from weddings and births). Its been amazing to watch from Australia

What a lovely thing to do - we love Sandringham and go there whenever we are in Norfolk!

I have told several people about your visit to see the Queen at Westminster and look at the sheer volume of flowers at Sandringham! It's all so emotional. Thank you for sharing 💕

That must have been lovely to experience! Yes your timing was great! So pleased for you that you went.. and when you did. Cold and damp here!

Thank you for sharing, we are mainly seeing London here in Australia.

We will be visiting Sandringham en route to Wells at the beginning of October. The tributes won't be there but I'm sure the atmosphere will.

My Sister & I went yesterday to see the Lying-In-State of the Queen. Found it so moving and how quiet was, even with the amount of people coming through. The flowers at Sandringham look wonderful

Beautiful scene of all those flowers. 🇬🇧❤️🇬🇧❤️

It's wonderful to see all the flowers. They are a tribute to an amazing queen and a comfort to see so many fantastic colours and must be a comfort to the family. Good that when they all die off and people have had the pleasure of seeing them, all over the world that they'll be made into compost and used on the royal gardens!🌻

I managed to go to London but only to Green Park And Buckingham Palace with my daughter and granddaughter a very moving and memorable day

My Stepmum went to Sandringham to lay flowers and said it was beautiful and the scent was amazing

I went yesterday too it was funny I was waiting for my mother-in-law by the ladies loo and as I passed I thought I saw you but was not sure? See you at the Dollshouse fair in October x

Beautiful. I hope the Queen would have known how much she meant to so many.

Wow all those flowers the queen was special

I understand the point but its an ill wind and florists need their hey day

Just incredible and very humbling 💕🙏

They you for sharing your experiences with us Erica James. ❤️

There's nothing lightweight about queuing for the time that you did. Something you'll never forget 🙂👏

Simply beautiful.

So beautiful ❤️

Beautiful x

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5 days ago
Erica James

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you'll know that yesterday I went down to London for the Queen's Lying-in-State and I can honestly say it was a day like no other and one I shall never forget.

I managed to join the queue at London Bridge at 9.30 a.m. when it was a mere 2.8 miles long. Within minutes I'd made some Queue Buddies, a lovely group of women from London who were very impressed I'd made the trip from Suffolk. My editor came to say hello (she could see the queue from her office window at HarperCollins) and that was a great start to the day.

Along the route to Westminster there were occasional loo stops and the chance to grab a tea or coffee and all the while the camaraderie in the queue was very uplifting, just as it's been reported in the media. The same goes for all the volunteers and police officers I encountered who couldn't have been more helpful. At times the queue moved at quite a pace and at other times it was slow or ground to a halt. The slowest part was just before the entrance to the Palace of Westminster where there was a huge zigzagging Disney style queuing system - normally it would take no more than five minutes to walk the distance, but in this instance it took three hours. I imagine this part of the day was like the final stages of a marathon run when you have to dig deep to find extra energy reserves. But at no stage did my spirits flag, the finishing post was within in sight!

When the moment came, when I was finally inside Westminster Hall and where the atmosphere was very solemn and reverent, my heart was hammering in my chest. I think I was terrified I would do the wrong thing or would trip on the steps leading down to where the coffin rested on the catafalque (a word I'd never heard of until a few days ago!) and I would bring endless shame on myself and my family! But thankfully I did no such thing and my few moments standing in front of our Queen's coffin will always be precious and stay with me forever.

Yesterday was a once in a lifetime opportunity to give thanks to a monarch the like of whom we shall never see again and I'm so glad I made the effort to go. I had dithered for several days about going, but in the end I seized the day and caught the train prepared to queue for up to ten or maybe twelve hours. In the end it was only six and a half hours and I count myself lucky that I was fit enough to make the trip as I know many would want to do the same but aren't physically able to do so.

My photos, which aren't terribly good, (lots of grey cloudy skies) were taken along the route and the penultimate one shows me with my Queue Buddies. The photo was taken by a lovely young French woman who along with her three and a half year old daughter was in the queue with us. The little girl was incredibly well behaved every step of the way and I just wonder if she'll remember the day in years to come.

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For those of you who follow me on Twitter, youll know that yesterday I went down to London for the Queens Lying-in-State and I can honestly say it was a day like no other and one I shall never forget.

I managed to join the queue at London Bridge at 9.30 a.m. when it was a mere 2.8 miles long.  Within minutes Id made some Queue Buddies, a lovely group of women from London who were very impressed Id made the trip from Suffolk.  My editor came to say hello (she could see the queue from her office window at HarperCollins) and that was a great start to the day.  

Along the route to Westminster there were occasional loo stops and the chance to grab a tea or coffee and all the while the camaraderie in the queue was very uplifting, just as its been reported in the media.  The same goes for all the volunteers and police officers I encountered who couldnt have been more helpful.  At times the queue moved at quite a pace and at other times it was slow or ground to a halt.  The slowest part was just before the entrance to the Palace of Westminster where there was a huge zigzagging Disney style queuing system - normally it would take no more than five minutes to walk the distance, but in this instance it took three hours.  I imagine this part of the day was like the final stages of a marathon run when you have to dig deep to find extra energy reserves.  But at no stage did my spirits flag, the finishing post was within in sight!

When the moment came, when I was finally inside Westminster Hall and where the atmosphere was very solemn and reverent, my heart was hammering in my chest.  I think I was terrified I would do the wrong thing or would trip on the steps leading down to where the coffin rested on the catafalque (a word Id never heard of until a few days ago!) and I would bring endless shame on myself and my family!   But thankfully I did no such thing and my few moments standing in front of our Queens coffin will always be precious and stay with me forever.  

Yesterday was a once in a lifetime opportunity to give thanks to a monarch the like of whom we shall never see again and Im so glad I made the effort to go.  I had dithered for several days about going, but in the end I seized the day and caught the train prepared to queue for up to ten or maybe twelve hours.  In the end it was only six and a half hours and I count myself lucky that I was fit enough to make the trip as I know many would want to do the same but arent physically able to do so. 

My photos, which arent terribly good, (lots of grey cloudy skies) were taken along the route and the penultimate one shows me with my Queue Buddies.  The photo was taken by a lovely young French woman who along with her three and a half year old daughter was in the queue with us.  The little girl was incredibly well behaved every step of the way and I just wonder if shell remember the day in years to come. 

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What a lovely experience for you, I considered going, but I know that I couldn't stand for that length of time. Instead, I went to my local parish church to sit in prayer and contemplation and signed the book of condolences.

Thank you for representing us who are unable to attend due to work. I managed to sign a book of condolence in the village on behalf of my family, where I work and I was the only one there at that time. Every time I watch anything and they interview the people waiting I have a tear in my eye. If my Mum was alive she would have wanted to go so I will watch as much as I can and say our thanks here at home. Great photos and I am happy people are at last able to chat freely without masks. The Queen was right when she said, we will all be able to meet again - just sad it is in her Memory.

Thanks so much for sharing your day with those of us who are unable to make the trip to pay our respects to oour wonderful Queen. x

Thank you for sharing your experience Erica it has brought tears to my eyes. Being so far away in Australia I also wish I could be there to be a part of this. The way you have shared your story so well makes me feel like I have a closer connection to being there. Thank you

The photos are lovely and thank you for sharing such a special day with us. Wonderful and precious memories.

Thank you for sharing your day to greet the Queen. I watch BBC World news here in Cape Town and follow every day's news. Very emotional.

How emotional it must have been for you and so unforgettable it is history and our late Queen. Be proud of yourself it will be so strange without her. God bless her 💕

Thank u for that Erica x u are so right when u say that there are ppl, myself included, that wd love to have the opportunity to pay their respects to our beloved Queen but are unable due to health concerns 🤔😒😳💖💝

Thank you for sharing your experience with us all. I was checking all day for updates to see where you were. So glad you didn’t have to queue for as long as you thought. I can imagine the whole experience will stay in your heart forever. A wonderful tribute to a truly amazing Queen. x

Thank you for letting those of us “across the pond” be a part of the experience. Although she wasn’t OURS, we still mourn with you.

Thank you for posting this. I cannot begin to imagine the atmosphere inside that wonderful and historic Hall. The silent reverence being shown by everyone as soon as they enter is truly extraordinary, and it’s such a beautiful and peaceful place for Her Majesty to rest x

Well done and thank you on behalf of us that physically couldn't stand that long. I would love to go. Your photos are beautiful and a lasting memory. God bless xxx

Wonderful to hear from someone who was there. Back here in Australia we are seeing the queues and I'm full of admiration for those in the queue.. it is not something you had to do, but did out of respect and love and for a wonderful woman, the like we older ones will never see again. Thank you for sharing and I'm sure that little girl will remember the day always.

Wonderful gesture of remembrance, loving , caring , thoughtful, for the worlds most remarkable woman , ever !

Thank you for sharing your experience Erica ♥️ I am watching from afar in Sydney Australia. May our precious Queen rest gently.

How Very Wonderful!! So very delighted for you x such a special day x would love to have gone but three weeks into a complete knee replacement meant no chance! Very impressed with how all the crowds are being so kind xxx

I would have driven myself to London to join the queue, but standing for hours is impossible these days. It was lovely to see so many people, young and old, passing the coffin and paying their respects. Such a sad time for everyone, especially the Royal family, who are so brave facing the public every day. 😥

Thank you so much Erica for sharing this. Your account is so much better than the journalists reporting on it. Reading your account feels like being there. I’m sure the little girl will remember the day. I was three at the time of the Coronation and still remember the day. Myself and my sisters still have our Coronation Mugs, although mine is chipped, and two of us have our Coronation Bibles. X

Thank you for sharing Erica. For those of us so far away, it’s lovely to see how much our beloved Queen was loved and respected. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇳🇿

Thank you for sharing a lovely remenerance of a great lady

This sad time has definitely brought out the better side of so many people. Glad you had such a memorable time, thanks for sharing xx

Thank you for sharing your experience and photos. I wish I could be there to pay my respects and just experience this moment in history but I am watching from New Zealand. I’m curious to know how you found the end of the queue to join it. Did you have to walk the long length of the queue to find it?

Thank you for going for all of us who are unable to. Well done xx

Thank you for sharing your experience. We share in your loss. I so admire the steadfast traditions and reverence of your nation. May she Rest In Peace for she has worked tirelessly and offered herself to her people for such a long time.

Thank you for going, sadly I couldn't have done the trip and stoop for so long

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1 week ago
Erica James

What an extraordinary week it's been, both emotionally and historically. I don't know about you, but I've watched a lot of television since Tuesday as events have unfolded. This morning I watched the Queen's coffin leaving Balmoral as it embarked on its final journey and was moved all over again at the poignant images shown. I'm going to need an awful lot of tissues next Monday when the funeral takes place!

In a moment of light relief I entered my local village show yesterday, something I had never had the nerve to do before. The organisers had given a lot of thought as to whether or not the event should go ahead, but in the end they decided it should as the Queen was always a fan of tradition. I submitted two things - one for the handicraft category and another for the dahlia category. Imagine my surprise when I came first with my knitting and second with my sweet little dahlias. Next year I shall be more ambitious and submit more items grown in my garden.

Now, it's almost time for the Italian Grand Prix and I'm pleased to say that the world of F1 has shown great respect for the Queen's death. I think they held a minute's silence on Friday and will do so again today at the track, which will probably have me reaching for the tissues again.

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What an extraordinary week its been, both emotionally and historically.   I dont know about you, but Ive watched a lot of television since Tuesday as events have unfolded.  This morning I watched the Queens coffin leaving Balmoral as it embarked on its final journey and was moved all over again at the poignant images shown.  Im going to need an awful lot of tissues next Monday when the funeral takes place!

In a moment of light relief I entered my local village show yesterday, something I had never had the nerve to do before.  The organisers had given a lot of thought as to whether or not the event should go ahead, but in the end they decided it should as the Queen was always a fan of tradition.  I submitted two things - one for the handicraft category and another for the dahlia category.  Imagine my surprise when I came first with my knitting and second with my sweet little dahlias.  Next year I shall be more ambitious and submit more items grown in my garden.  

Now, its almost time for the Italian Grand Prix and Im pleased to say that the world of F1 has shown great respect for the Queens death.  I think they held a minutes silence on Friday and will do so again today at the track, which will probably have me reaching for the tissues again.

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ONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved placings at your local show. The loss of our wonderful Queen has been a great blow to us all, but most of all to her beloved family. We shall never see her like again, may she Rest in Peace.

Well done Erica. 😊. Yes, I too have been glued to the TV, and this morning's aerial view of the Queen's last journey through her beloved Highlands was spectacular and picturesque. The sun shone on her Standard, draped over her coffin. Thank goodness for tv and technology. ❤️

Congratulations Erica on your Ist and 2nd places, so well deserved. Your knitted creations are amazing. You are very clever. I love to knit but only fairly basic patterns. It’s been a very surreal week in many respects. One of overwhelming sadness. Like you I have watched a lot of tv. It somehow still doesn’t seems real. It will never be the same without our beloved Queen. Hope you enjoy the Grand Prix this afternoon. xx

That's brilliant Erica. I entered our village Summer Show and managed a third prize for my cherry scones. Hubby says it was a travesty my ginger cake didn't win a prize!!! 😅 I entered a couple of crochet blankets but no prize. It's all about the entering though. 🥰

Well done they are both beautiful I'm also a keen knitter it's been a life saver along with reading during covid .Many congratulations xx

Congratulations and very well done,both are lovely!

Well done Erica, I used to go to the village flower show every year when my children were young, but now they are all adult we don't seem to have the time nowadays

Well done Erica on your two deserved wins! As you so rightly say the Queen was indeed a traditionalist. Enjoy the Grand Prix!😍

Well done 👏👏 Yes lots of tears at the moment Still can’t quite believe it although Seeing her majesty’s coffin leave ing Balmoral today I think finally brought it home to me 😢😢😢😢😢

Well done on coming 1st and 2nd 😊 I too have watched a lot of television and watched the coffin leaving Balmoral. Very moving 🥰🥰 Take care 🥰

Well done! Love the cardi 💛 Erica James Watching the Queen’s final journey through the countryside from Balmoral, I was particularly touched with this beautifully thoughtful gesture …

Well done on the exhibits. Yes definitely been a mixed week in the UK. Also have had the TV on various amounts to watch and feel sadness for the royal family. Looking forward to the GP though.

Brilliant you are a very talented l,congratulations.

Congratulations, both look beautiful

I think I’m like everyone else - suffering from shock following this sad news. She was such a shining example to us all throughout our lives, it’s really difficult to accept that she has left us. As you say, the tissues have really taken a bashing and will continue to do so. But life goes on, King Charles III has the unenviable job now and deserves all our support. PS Wouldn’t it be lovely if Lewis Hamilton could clock up a win today? And if you’re taking commissions for knitting, I love the cardigan!!

Great results although not surprising! You are very talented! It’s been a weird week here too. Not many of the usual TV programmes and lots about what was happening in London and now last couple of days in 0z it’s been things to be seen to here like naming the the king…. WE don’t get all of the pomp and ceremony the same but it’s mostly all the same kind of stuff. I watched the Privy Coucil .. All very interesting. It will take a bit of getting used to having a King now. Our Queen for such a long time and she looked so small and vulnerable I remember when she was crowned. Good luck with the Grand Prix!

Well deserved, your knitting is beautiful, Erica. The flowers are beautiful too...x

Congratulations. Lovely knitting 🧶 and the Dahlias are gorgeous. Well done 🤩

Well Done Erica dear xxx you are a Very talented Lady Xxx ♥️

Congratulations, your knits are always beautiful. The dahlias are very pretty. X

Brava! My village art show was cancelled so I didn’t get a chance to display but these are very special. PS. I also blubbed when I saw the coffin. We’ll be abroad next Monday but watching from afar 🥲

Well done Erica on your well deserved results! Your cardigan looks amazing! I love the pattern and colours and as for your dahlias they are stunning! It has helped me immensely to hear that I am not the only one having to reach for the tissues just now. Enjoy the Grand Prix this afternoon! xx

Very emotional time.We ve grown up with the Queen always there.We are going to miss her.❤️

The Queen loved handicrafts, I had the honour of showing her the Craft Shop at RAF Marham many years ago. She took ages going round feeling the knitted garments which had been handmade. She would have loved your knitted cardi

That's beautiful knitting Erica I wish I could knit half so well. My mother was a wonderful knitter and tried to teach me for years but it's difficult for a left handed like me to get the knack.

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2 weeks ago
Erica James

It was news that we anticipated, especially in recent days when we saw how frail she had become, but when the announcement was made a short while ago that our Queen, the longest reigning monarch, had died peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral, it still came as a sad shock.

For many of us Queen Elizabeth II was the one true constant in a world of change and upheaval. She served us with a genuine sense of humility and duty and her loss will be felt for a long time to come. Whether you're a monarchist or not, her death marks the end of an era and a profound moment in history.

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It was news that we anticipated, especially in recent days when we saw how frail she had become, but when the announcement was made a short while ago that our Queen, the longest reigning monarch, had died peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral, it still came as a sad shock.  

For many of us Queen Elizabeth II was the one true constant in a world of change and upheaval.  She served us with a genuine sense of humility and duty and her loss will be felt for a long time to come.  Whether youre a monarchist or not, her death marks the end of an era and a profound moment in history.  

Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022.

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A wonderful Monarch who leaves an amazing legacy that will never be matched. God bless ♥️

Beautifully said Erica. We have woken in Oz to this awful news, and although she was looking so terribly frail in the photo you posted, we all hoped she would return to better health soon. I had hoped she would out live her mother, but it was not to be. She is now, once again, with her beloved Phillip. The world is a much poorer place with her passing. Rest In Peace your Majestry 💔😪

Very sad news.. she is with her Prince now after being a true and faithful servant. God bless you your Majesty.

She had a demeanor of remaining calm yet being decisive in times of turmoil. Her presence will be missed around the world. 😞

Just heard this sad news in Australia Queen Elizabeth served the Commonwealth impeccably. Such a wonderful person dedicated to her role as Queen for so long. RIP Queen Elizabeth 🙏

Never a truer word spoken, a wonderful sentiment for an inspirational lady! ❤️

Well said Erica, she served her country/Commonwealth with grace and dignity. May she Rest in Peace.

Not unexpected, but still hard to believe! She has always been there!

So sad what a wonderful ladyship is now with her beloved Phillip RIP maamxx

What wonderful words and it says it all. We were lucky to have such an outstanding Queen for so long. 😢

Not unexpected but sad news and a tragedy for her family to loose a mother, grandmother, great grandmother etc.

As church of England (Anglican) Diocese of Lake Malawi has lost a well and dedicated devoted Christian may her soul rest in power I wish I could attend but I can't Manage to buy airticket🙏

Resting now. Beautiful words, incredible woman and a lasting legacy.

So very, very sad she had a lovely smile and will be missed so much. ❤️

May she rest in peace

RIP Queen Elizabeth. 😪😪

Really sad and such a good Queen

Well said, she will be missed for all the right reasons ❤

Very very sad MHDSRIP 💜💖🙏💟

Very sad day 💔😪

A last photo, taken only 2 days ago. Such sad news.

Her lovely hand all bruised 😢

So sad. R.I.P. Queen Elizabeth.

I felt just the same. When I saw HM meeting the new PM I thought how frail. I was still shocked to hear the news on Thursday. 😢💜💜💜

True what you said. We seen it, but was still a shock.

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Erica James

The colours are so bright and vivid you'll need your sunglasses for this first photo! This is me wearing my special Lewis Hamilton hat in readiness for today's Dutch Grand Prix. His car is performing better than it has been but I'm resigned to the race being won by Verstappen and him giving the home crowd what they all want, although there's a chance the Ferrari boys, Charles and Carlos might cause a few problems for him.

Apologies for the shameless plug, but for those who like a bargain, Mothers and Daughters (as shown in the second photo) is a Kindle deal at 99p for the whole of September.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!

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The colours are so bright and vivid youll need your sunglasses for this first  photo!  This is me wearing my special Lewis Hamilton hat in readiness for todays Dutch Grand Prix.  His car is performing better than it has been but Im resigned to the race being won by Verstappen and him giving the home crowd what they all want, although theres a chance the Ferrari boys, Charles and Carlos might cause a few problems for him. 

Apologies for the shameless plug, but for those who like a bargain, Mothers and Daughters (as shown in the second photo) is a Kindle deal at 99p for the whole of September.  

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!

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I am sure you saw the crowd was a sea of orange - massive home support!

Us Lewis fans are always hoping.....😍

Sorry Erica I’m in Holland the country just turned orange .. again..

Whoever took this photo will be seeing yellow/lime for the foreseeable

Not a Formula One fan I am afraid, but your colour scheme???? Wow!!

You too Erica! Hope u had a lovely day. Don’t know who won the race. Went out for lunch for Fathers Day with daughter and son in law then walk around the river … home for coffee then I dozed in the lounge chair! Since then watched some TV. A really pleasant day with lovely Spring like weather. Wow just looked at results and Lewis won!!! Xxoo

Enjoy the race!

Enjoying your book Mothers and Daughters very much💕

You're almost in Aussie colours (green and gold) 🙂

Ace hat

If you happen to read this can you tell me the title of a book you wrote concerning a female separated, or at least estranged from her husband after a fatal car crash leaves her four year old son, (Ben?) dead and his father was driving. I cannot for the life of me remember the title?! Thanks. ❤️📖

You look radiating

Was about to say I hope K Mag does well 🙈🙈🙈

Sorry not sorry, but thank goodness you're not wearing what he had on last weekend. 😅

Really enjoyed Mothers and Daughters,just finished.😀

Just downloaded it

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