It's been eight days since Queen Elizabeth II passed away and a few Manitoba-born Londoners are sharing what it's been like in the city.

Lee Leschasin is originally from Rossburn, Manitoba. She first went to London when she was 18 years old.

"I always had this urge to come here and when I did, it just felt like home," says Leschasin.

She has now lived in London for the past 40 years. Leschasin currently works freelance for Paramount but has previously worked for BBC for almost two decades. 

"It's been an incredible time," says Leschasin, after the Queen's death. "Having been here this long I've been here since the silver jubilee, the diamond, the platinum, etc. I've been here since Princess Diana's funeral, her wedding to Prince Charles. But absolutely nothing comes close to this."

She says that London has felt like the centre of the world over the past week. 

"The amount of people that are travelling into London to pay their respects to the Queen is just absolutely phenomenal and very touching."

Travelling on a train earlier today, Leschasin remembers seeing the queue, the line of people waiting to pay their respects. Earlier this morning they decided to stop at the back of the line because it was such a long wait for people. 

"When I got home I turned on the T.V. It was moving to see the people coming in to see the coffin and there was Prince Charles, sorry King Charles I should say, and Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew and Prince Edward all standing around the coffin. There were there for 15 minutes in absolute silence. You could see the people going by, their faces and shedding a few tears."

Leschasin was surprised and shocked to hear the news last Thursday, even though she mentioned she could see the Queen was becoming more frail over the past year. 

The road leading up to Buckingham Palace in London. The road leading up to Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Jeremy Smith)

"There was a lot of joy at the last jubilee and a really incredible parade, all the events and everybody cheering the Queen on and so forth. It was kind of going from one emotion to another."

Leschasin says that the day after the Queen's passing, many big stores in London closed for the day out of respect. Every electronic billboard in London has been displaying pictures of the monarch. 

"I hope people in Canada who are interested in this and watch it, share the moments and the history. We'll probably never see the likes of this again."

Manitoba Man Shares His London Experience

Jeremy Smith was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. 

"I moved to England in my early 20s," says Smith. "I had finished studying in Canada and had the opportunity to come to the UK for six months to a year of work experience. That's turned into about 15 years."

Smith works in Central London. On Friday he was right outside of Buckingham Palace, just a short walk from Westminster Abby where the body of Queen Elizabeth II is currently lying in state.

"I can see lots of people filing past me. The queue is very long with people trying to pay their respect to the Queen. We're actually just here trying to drop off some flowers. There are a lot of people in London who are waiting to see the Queen but the wait is over 24 hours so I'm not quite sure if we're going to make that one. London is not the same."

Smith mentions the fact that Canada has been a country with this name for 150 years and for 70 of those years this one Queen sat on the throne. 

"I think it's tremendous respect for one of the longest monarchs that have been out there."

A very large crowd of people stand in a long line outsidePeople waiting in the queue to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. (Jeremy Smith)