“My auntie Carolyn [Preston] … went to college to get out of the house and she became a teacher and ended up becoming a principal at a [National Blue Ribbon School] that [once] invited the queen,” Ralph, 65, shared completely with Us Weekly forward of Abbott Elementary’s season 2 premiere on Wednesday, September 21.
The actress, who famous that her school professor father, Stanley Ralph, additionally helped encourage her character Barbara Howard on the school-focused comedy collection, detailed the event additional. “The queen actually came and sipped tea with her class and the students – yeah, that really happened! [At] Bunker Hill Elementary School in Washington, D.C.,” she defined.
The Connecticut native — whose current Emmy win (and subsequent speech) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series made waves through the zeitgeist — appears to be speaking about the late monarch’s go to to the United States in May 1991.
Per Fox 5 DC, the queen was welcomed to the White House at the time by then-President George H.W. Bush. Then-First Lady, Barbara Bush, additionally hosted Elizabeth and the late Prince Phillip for a state dinner.
In addition to Ralph’s attention-grabbing anecdote about the London native’s cease at Bunker Hill Elementary, the queen additionally made a noteworthy go to to the Marshall Heights neighborhood in Southeast D.C. to see the unveiling of Queens Stroll Place housing development. There she was warmly welcomed by resident Alice Frazier, whose beneficiant embrace of the monarch was considered to be against protocol — however Elizabeth hugged her again.
“I’m used to hugging people,” Frazier instructed the Washington Post at the time. “I would do [the queen] the same. After all, we are both mothers.”
The late sovereign made yet one more go to to the states in May 2007 when Bush’s son George W. Bush was in workplace, 15 years earlier than her dying on September 8 at age 96. Buckingham Palace shared word of the news hours after revealing that she had been positioned underneath medical supervision and was “comfortable” at her property.
On Monday, September 19, the royal family paid their respects to the late ruler which started with a short procession to Westminster Abbey from Westminster Hall, the place Elizabeth had been mendacity in state since Wednesday, September 14.
After the service at Westminster Abbey, the royal family participated in a procession from the church to Wellington Arch, the place the coffin was loaded right into a hearse to be taken to Windsor Castle. The queen was subsequently buried on the grounds at the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside Prince Philip, who died at age 99 in April 2021. The Duke of Edinburgh was beforehand interred in the Royal Vault at Windsor’s St George’s Chapel, however his physique was moved to its remaining resting place forward of the queen’s funeral so he could possibly be buried subsequent to his spouse of 73 years.
With reporting by Leanne Stanton