A professional lookalike has hung up her crown following the death of the Queen.
Mary Reynolds, 89, was compared to the late monarch from an early age due to their similar physical attributes.
She later began volunteering as a lookalike, starting off in an advert for flea powder alongside several corgis.
Mary’s big break came in 1955 where she played the Queen in an 25th anniversary series of Doctor Who.
She also starred as the royal in the 1990 comedy film Bullseye with the late Sir Roger Moore.
But now, 34 years since beginning work as a professional lookalike, Mary’s days as a doppelganger have come to an end.
She says she made the difficult decision ‘out of respect’ for the Queen.
The 89-year-old, who lives in Epping, Essex, said: ‘It’s been a great privilege to look like her because I think she’s so incredible.
‘I mean, it’s a change of an era now, it’s all going to be very weird.
‘I was watching the television the day before and felt that there was going to be some bad news, which of course eventually came and it makes you feel very, very, very sad.
‘And then you do sort of realize that will be the end as far as I’m concerned… out of respect, I do not think one should do anything.’
The decision to leave her role as a lookalike has made Mary ‘very sad’.
‘I’ve just moved home… and I’ve got two boxes full of hats and I’ve just found somewhere to put them and I thought: I’m not really going to need them any more,’ she said.
‘It makes you feel very sad.’
She added that she will probably keep her outfits of the Queen though as ‘they’ve been part of my life for so long’ and said that she had two separate wardrobes for her normal and royal outfits, but would dip into ‘the Queen’s’ closet if she was going ‘somewhere special’.
Recalling moments from her career, Ms Reynolds noted the excitement some members of the public would experience when they saw her.
‘We went to Uganda for British Airways and Sheraton Hotels and they had a racing event on the shores of Lake Victoria,’ she said.
‘I was just walking around and an African woman dressed up in her robes was going’ ooh ‘every time she saw me because I was’ the Queen ‘.’
In another moment she remembered having to be rescued while filming for an Indian movie in Greenwich, London, because ‘there were so many people wanting pictures’.
Despite never meeting the Queen, Mary said that she was present at several of her most important milestones.
‘I was in the Mall when she got married and I was just off of the Mall for her coronation, ”she said.
‘I slept overnight in the road with my boyfriend, in tents. We got very wet and we got very lucky because one of the buildings there had a radio so we actually heard the whole of the service.
‘And as they put the crown on her head, the heavens opened.’
Mary added that she always tried to ‘act like the Queen and to be nice to and respect people’.
‘She was a person who was so much light and she was a very well-loved person and friends with everybody,’ she said.
‘She just felt like part of the family, almost.
‘I’ve had all these years of doing the work and it has helped me earn some money, but at the same time it was a pleasure for people to see you and say:’ It’s the Queen. ‘
‘Wherever you went in the world, it was the Queen – not Queen Elizabeth, not the Queen of England, it was the Queen. There will never be anyone like her. ‘
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