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Some British ex-pats on the Central and South Coasts find ways to pay respects to the Queen

King Charles III and members of the Royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey after her State Funeral, in London, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Danny Lawson/Pool Photo via AP)
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King Charles III and members of the Royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey after her state funeral in London.

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London Monday morning.

For some of those who didn’t get up at 3 a.m. our time to watch the funeral of the British Monarch live, watching it at lunchtime in a Ventura County British pub was the preferred option.

Customers at the Crown and Anchor in Thousand Oaks, like Robert Atkinson and his wife Sylvia, watched the ceremony this lunchtime.

"We were around when King George died," said Robert. "We've gone through her being crowned and now she's died."

"It's a sad occasion but it's brought people together by the looks of it," added Sylvia.

"And I love to see the boys [the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex] together, that brought tears to my eyes," she said.

So even though it may be thousands of miles away, it was still an emotional day for these ex-pats who still call her their Queen.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.