With her voice breaking, Joan continued: “We started watching it and the more times we saw the Queen when she was a little girl, when she was a teenager, when she was 21 and said that really wonderful speech, the more upset we got.
“When we finally heard the news at 6.30pm, you know I couldn’t stop crying.
“Even though you expect it and obviously we have been thinking about it, you really think she’s iconic, she’s never going to go.
“She’s going to be there for us. She’s part of my whole life, I don’t remember being around when she’s not around.”