Former royal correspondent reflects on Queen's reign

STORY: Reflecting on the role the Queen, who died on Thursday (September 8) aged 96, played in people's lives he reflected on how she reassured the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

''I think this country is is going to take a little bit of time to readjust, to the fact that she's no longer going to be here,'' he told Reuters.

Saying Elizabeth was famous around the world and will also be missed by world leaders, as well as her family.

''I think they (the royal family) have lost the matriarch...a dearly loved matriarch...of a family. And I think they will be deeply affected by that... I'm sure, we will see that stiff upper lip in public. But behind closed doors, who knows? I mean, they were a very, very close family, really, you know.''

Elizabeth was seen in public on Tuesday, when she appointed Liz Truss as Britain's prime minister during a meeting at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

''She looked smaller then, '' said Rae. ''But she had a huge grin on her face, you know. And I think that's how we'll remember.'''