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Queen Elizabeth’s doppelganger retires ‘out of respect’


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Queen Elizabeth’s doppelganger retires ‘out of respect’

Mary Reynolds is stepping down as Queen Elizabeth’s lookalike after the queen passed away last Thursday at the age of 96. The 89-year-old doppelgänger tells the BBC that she does not think it is appropriate to act as the queen.

Mary has been told she resembles Queen Elizabeth since she was 17. In 1988, she began working as a Queen’s lookalike. She regularly appeared in films and on television. She calls the decision to stop “very sad”. She keeps the outfits she wore as Elizabeth and continues to wear it when she has “something special”.

The lookalike and the queen have never met, but Mary has been close to her likeness on a regular basis. “I was at the Mall when she got married and I was just outside the Mall for her coronation,” Mary says. “I slept in tents on the road with my boyfriend at night. We got very wet but were very lucky because one of the buildings there had a radio, so we basically heard the whole service.”

Queen Elizabeth passed away in Scotland on Thursday, September 8. She sat on the throne for more than 70 years. She became queen in 1952 at the age of 25. Millions of people mourn the death of the British Queen, but her passing is not mourned by all. Many are in fact critical of the Queen’s role in British colonialism.

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