A Queen lookalike has sacked in her job after 34 years “out of respect” for the late monarch following her death.
Mary Reynolds, 89, has been cast as Elizabeth II in TV shows and movies for decades, including 1990 comedy Bullseye starring Sir Roger Moore, and the 25th anniversary series of Doctor Who in 1988.
Following news of Her Majesty's death on Thursday, Mary from Epping, Essex, says she will hang up her regal gowns for good but keep hold of them in memory of a woman who “felt like part of the family”.
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Mary said: “It’s been a great privilege to look like her because I think she’s so incredible. I mean, it’s a change of an era now, it’s all going to be very weird.
“I was watching the television the day before and felt that there was going to be some bad news, which of course eventually came and it makes you feel very, very, very sad.
“And then you do sort of realise that will be the end as far as I’m concerned… out of respect, I don’t think one should do anything.”
The decision to leave her role as a lookalike has made Ms Reynolds “very sad”.
“I’ve just moved home… and I’ve got two boxes full of hats and I’ve just found somewhere to put them and I thought: I’m not really going to need them any more,” she said.
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“It makes you feel very sad.”
She added that she will probably keep her outfits of the Queen though as “they’ve been part of my life for so long” and said that she had two separate wardrobes for her normal and royal outfits, but would dip into “the Queen’s” closet if she was going “somewhere special”.
Ms Reynolds added that she always tried to “act like the Queen and to be nice to and respect people”.
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“She was a person who was so much light and she was a very well-loved person and friends with everybody,” she said.
“She just felt like part of the family, almost.
“I’ve had all these years of doing the work and it has helped me earn some money, but at the same time it was a pleasure for people to see you and say: ‘It’s the Queen.’
“Wherever you went in the world, it was the Queen – not Queen Elizabeth, not the Queen of England, it was the Queen. There will never be anyone like her.”
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