Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Southern Californians gather at early morning viewing parties to say goodbye

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Across the world, people will gather around TVs on Monday to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, which is expected to be the most-watched event in history.

Due to the time difference, that means a very late night and early morning for fans of the royal family in Southern California.

Already on Sunday evening, a number of fans gathered at a house in San Marino not only to mourn the Queen, but also to celebrate her life and reign as Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

Hostess Julie Chan has been fascinated by the royals, at least since Prince William married Kate, and has held several other events in her honor.

“We’re celebrating the life of the Queen,” Chan said. “She began this journey as Queen when she was 25 years old.”

Some of her guests shared their own connections to the royals.

Richard Brookbanks recalls meeting with family members every year to watch the Queen address the nation on Christmas Day.

“I remember when she came to my school as a kid,” he added. “It was just such a long time that she was in charge.”

According to Marie Boggs, her great-grandparents attended the Queen’s coronation, which took place at Westminster Abbey in London in 1953, and the family still has souvenirs such as the invitation.

Although the telecast begins very early on Monday, Chan expects most of her guests to remain for the negotiations.

“Really to honor her,” Chan said. “I mean 71 years of service to your country and to the world. I just find that incredible.”

Live coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral begins Monday at 2:15am wirelessly on ABC7 and our streaming platforms.

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Laura Coffey

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