A royal connection. Abbott ElementaryStar Sheryl Lee RalphAn interesting connection to Queen Elizabeth II’s past was revealed.
“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 exclusively with Us WeeklyBe ahead Abbott Elementary’s season 2 premiere on Wednesday, September 21.
The actress shared that her college professor father was her father. Stanley RalphBarbara Howard, a school-focused comedy series that inspired her character, further described the occasion. “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 explained.
The Connecticut native — whose recent Emmy win (and subsequent speech) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series made waves through the zeitgeist — seems to be talking about the late monarch’s visit to the United States in May 1991.
Fox 5 DC reports that the queen was received at the White House by George H.W. Bush, then-President. Bush. Barbara Bush, then-First Lady, hosted Elizabeth and Prince Phillip for a state meal.
In addition to Ralph’s interesting anecdote about the London native’s stop at Bunker Hill Elementary, the queen also made a noteworthy visit to the Marshall Heights neighborhood in Southeast D.C. to see the unveiling of Queens Stroll Place housing development. She was welcomed warmly by residents. Alice Frazier, whose generous embrace of the monarch was considered to be against protocol — but Elizabeth hugged her back.
“I’m used to hugging people,” Frazier told the Washington PostAt the time. “I would do [the queen]The same. After all, we are both mothers.”
The late sovereign made one more visit to the states in May 2007 when Bush’s son George W. Bushwas in office 15 year before her death, on September 8, at the age of 96. Buckingham Palace shared word of the news hours after revealing that she had been placed under medical supervision and was “comfortable” at her estate.
Monday, September 19, was a day when the royal family paid their respects. The procession began from Westminster Hall and ended at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth had been in state since Wednesday, Sept 14.
King Charles III and his siblings — Princess Anne, Prince AndrewAnd Prince Edward — led the procession alongside three of the queen’s grandchildren: Prince William, Prince HarryAnd Peter Phillips.
Following the service at Westminster Abbey the royal family took part in a procession from Wellington Arch to the church, where the coffin was loaded onto a hearse and taken to Windsor Castle. The queen was then buried on the grounds of the King George VI Memorial Chapel with Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh was previously interred in the Royal Vault at Windsor’s St George’s Chapel, but his body was moved to its final resting place ahead of the queen’s funeral so he could be buried next to his wife of 73 years.
Leanne Stanton reporting