When Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, tributes from around the world poured in. The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, aged 96, has caused widespread grief.
This 81-year-old, in particular, felt a ‘connection’ to the Queen and said she felt like a ‘family member had passed away’.
When Patricia Jarram was 11, Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom on February 6, 1952. The Queen has always been a part of Patricia’s life, ever since she saw the coronation in London aged ten years until more recently working as a look-alike.
The grandmother-of-three traveled around the UK to act as a queen to earn a living, after retiring as a special needs teaching assistant.
From Ashtead, Surrey, Patricia said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother. I don’t think we will ever see people like her again.
“It has been a great honor and privilege to portray her as a look-alike for the past four years. I have often wondered what she might have thought of all of this if she had seen me.
“I felt quite sentimental when I found out she passed away, she’s always been in my life. I can’t believe we’ll never see her again.”
Although Patricia has never had the opportunity to meet the Queen, she has met several celebrities as lookalikes such as British double act Ant and Dec with famous English band Duran Duran.
Patricia added: “I felt bad when she died, it may sound strange, but it felt like a family member had died.
“The Queen has always been in my life, even my mum Elizabeth Davies was the spitting image of her, which is why I use her name as a stage name for lookalike bookings. I was just an old pensioner before and now I have loads of memories as a doppelganger. I will always be grateful for any opportunities.”
Another Queen Elizabeth II lookalike, Mary Reynolds, 89, who lives in Epping, Essex, has decided to step down from her role after news of Her Majesty’s death was announced.
Reynolds began working as the Queen’s lookalike in 1988, but first learned of the striking resemblance when she was 17.
For more than three decades, she portrayed the late monarch in film and television roles. She appeared in the 1990 comedy Bullseye, alongside the late Sir Richard Moore, and in an episode of the 25th anniversary series of Doctor Who in 1988.
But when a Russian TV channel approached her about impersonation after the Queen’s death on Thursday, Reynolds said she had to refuse.
“I said the only way to dress like a queen would be to wear a black dress,” Reynolds told the PA news agency.
The lookalike said she was deeply saddened by the monarch’s passing, although she felt lucky to have a long career as a lookalike.
“It was a great privilege to be like her because I think she’s so amazing,” she said. “I mean, it’s a change of era now, everything is going to be very weird.”
This change of times meant putting aside her wardrobe of royal outfits, even if she can’t bring herself to get rid of them.
Although the impersonator has never met the Queen in person, she was in a crowd watching many of the Queen’s greatest moments.
“I was at the mall when she got married and I was right next to the mall for her coronation,” she told the PA news agency. “I slept at night on the road with my boyfriend, in tents. We got very wet and we were very lucky because one of the buildings there had a radio, so we heard everyone service.”
Newsweek contacted Reynolds for comment.