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Students and staff of ECU International express their thoughts on the death of Queen Elizabeth

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – The monarch’s death not only breaks hearts internationally, but is impacting Greenville as well.

WITN spoke to international students and staff at ECU about how the death of Queen Elizabeth affects them.

“It’s not really settled yet. It doesn’t seem real because I thought I would spend my whole life and she would always be the queen,” said ECU rookie Madison Brown. “She’s still just a constant in that amiable sense. So, yeah, it definitely doesn’t seem real yet.

Brown is from Nottingham, England. She came to the United States to study Criminal Justice at ECU for her undergraduate degree.

“I didn’t think it would happen so soon. So, I walked into class like, “Oh my God,” I had no one to tell. No one around me was really shocked about it,” Brown said.

Throughout her life and others, Elizabeth had been queen. She was crowned in 1953 after the death of her father. For seven decades, the country’s coins, stamps and anthems have reflected the Queen.

“She was such an icon. She was a symbol of unity, I think,” Eliza Trubody said.

Trubody is a freshman exchange student at ECU pursuing a global studies degree in hopes of becoming a lawyer.

Queen Elizabeth was at the forefront of the modernization of the royal family. His coronation was the first to be broadcast on television.

As the world mourns, they also prepare for the coming King Charles.

“She’s sort of part of the wallpaper, and uh, so it’s really going to be quite shocking to find people referring to the king,” said British ECU professor Tim Jenks. “It’s not a word I’ve heard of except in a historical context.”

Professor Jenks is originally from Canada. He grew up saying “God Save the Queen” and he explained that it would take him a while to get used to saying “God Save the King”.

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