We all knew at some point we would lose Queen Elizabeth II, yet when it came yesterday, it felt too soon. The Queen left an uplifting mark upon the world and her loss has stirred many.

It was an emotional day for Kevin Wilson, who came to Canada from Great Britain in the late 1960s.

"It's a very sad moment for me because that's all I've known is the Queen has been our monarch, and from a little boy in school singing God Save The Queen, it has never changed. I'm 64 years on, and I'm very affected. I'm a monarchist, so I love the girl."

"She passed a lot of people in her time, I mean, World War Two is a prime example. She was a medic and a mechanic. She got in there, and she was never afraid of any hard work, and she never turned her nose at anybody, and she always said what she meant. The people of Britain are so proud of what she's done and the commitment that she's made, and it's a very sad day, a very sad day."

Francine Horton says the passing of the Queen almost felt like losing a long cherished member of the family.

"You kind of knew something was coming but even so, when they announced it, my stomach turned over, and I actually felt genuinely sad. It's almost as if your grandmother has died or something. She's been around for all my life, and now she's gone. It's quite shocking, to be honest."

"I think she was the steadfast of the country. We've been through a lot of things recently. During COVID, she gave a speech and tried to bring to nation together when that was happening. I think she just had a way of uniting and bringing people together."

Horton watched the 70th Jubilee Celebration in February.

"I felt quite emotional watching that because of the way all the British people had come together, and people probably from all over the world, were there to celebrate this wonderful woman. She had given her life to reign over the country and honestly, I must admit I'm a big fan of the royals."

Francine Horton has fond memories of a garden party at Buckingham Place in the early 2000s that attended by the Queen and Prince Edward. She didn't formally meet the Queen but saw her across the way. She recalls being taken aback by her short stature.

She says King Charles III doesn't appear to have a big fan base but believes what goes largely in his favour is his concern for the environment.

"I knew people use to laugh and say he used to talk to trees and things, but I actually think he has a big voice, and I think he can hopefully sort some of the issues out, or at least make people aware of what's going on. I'm supporting him for now. The jury's out, we'll see."

James Darby is a retired major from the British Army and was in the presence of the Queen, King Charles III, and other members of the Royal Family because of their strong connection to the military. James and his wife Claire just became Canadian citizens last week.

"She was a strong, resilient lady, so there was always that hope that she'd be out of the hospital and back to Balmoral, but the news came quickly that she had passed. It was a real shock because she was just an inspirational leader. We've just lost a really important person in the world."

"She always had a positive message and she touched so many people so It was inevitable that this was going to leave a hole in a lot of people's hearts."

"She's up in heaven with Prince Phillip, so she's in a good place."

He says the loss of the Queen may not fully sink in until we start singing God Save the King.

During Darby's long service with the British Army in the 5th Infantry Brigade, the Queen frequently visited. 

"On a number of occasions, the Queen would visit the troops. We'd visit the Royal Albert Hall and do some events that she would come and visit. She was our boss in the military, and we were serving the Queen."

"I remember being in the same armory collecting my military weapon in the queue with Prince Harry. There's just a really close relationship with the British military, so I'm sure they've lost a very special person."

King Charles III was Colonel in Chief with the Parachute Regiment and visited the 5th Infantry Brigade.

"He visited Aldershot on a number of occasions. On Armed Forces Day, we'd be all out, and he would take the salute for the 5th Infantry Brigade."

John White with Prince Charles Photo courtesy of John WhiteCochranite John White met Prince Charles on Dec. 20, 1995 and had lunch with him after a factory opening. (Photo  courtesy of John White)

John White was just 4 1/2 years old when his dad lifted him to his shoulders during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.

White says he never did see the queen that day but clearly remembers the soldiers marching past.

"Dad was in the air force and he was really proud when the air force guys marched by. He said, 'These are the smartest guys in the parade!' Even now I still remember that comment."

He says in talking to people you get the same story.

"It's been continuous, we've never known any different. She's always been there as a rock, and suddenly she's gone."

He says the queen upset a lot of people with the Princess Diana situation and that it took some time before the popularity of the Royal Family returned.

"Apart from that, she's worked tirelessly, right through the Second War World, and through all the president of the US that's she invited into Buckingham Place for afternoon teas and banquets. I'm sure she didn't agree with all of them and all their politics, but she still managed to put on a brave face and be the face of Britain for a very long time. I haven't actually met anybody who has had a bad thing to say about her."

Later on, he met Prince Charles, now King Charles III. during the opening of a new factory.

"I had the pleasure of having lunch with him. I found him to be exceptionally intelligent, and very astute.  if you actually look at what he's done over the years when he hasn't been in power, I think he will make a good king, contrary to what many people believe. I think he gets bad press, and I sincerely hope it works out."

December 20, 1995, the date of the tour, was a significant moment in the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

White remembers asking one of the employees on the shop floor if he had a chance to speak with the prince.

The worker replied, "Yeah, he asked me if I was married, and I said 'no'. He said, 'Jolly sensible if you ask me.' We got home after that and it was all over the TV that the divorce had been announced."