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British store owners in Lake Worth Beach remember life of Prince Philip

Duke of Edinburgh dies at age 99
Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-09 19:06:25-04

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — The British Depot in Lake Worth Beach is one of the few places in Palm Beach County where you can get a little taste of the British Isles.

Like many people around the world, the owners of the business are mourning Friday’s death of Prince Philip.

Far away from the British Depot in Lake Worth Beach, store owners Lisa and Ryan Ireland spoke via Zoom from England about the sad news.

They said the United Kingdom is grieving the loss of Queen Elizabeth's husband.

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Lisa and Ryan Ireland own the British Depot in Lake Worth Beach.

"I think they're very supportive of the monarchy, definitely," Ryan Ireland said.

"I think the nation has come together more than anticipated by the USA," Lisa Ireland said. "The support nationally has been overwhelming for her."

The Irelands have owned their British-themed shop in Lake Worth Beach for 20 years. The business is stocked with grocery goods from overseas and a few reminders of home.

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The British Depot in Lake Worth Beach offers a variety of goods from the United Kingdom.

While back home in London on Friday, they reflected on the man who stood behind the queen during their 70-year marriage.

"He understood his role. ... He accepted it," Lisa Ireland said.

"He did speak his mind though. He didn't just stand by and take things. He definitely spoke his mind. I think he was very humorous in some of his antics," Ryan Ireland said.

Peggy Snyder, the owner of the Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach, described the prince as "a fine gentleman."

The authentic English pub was built in 1864 in London, dismantled, shipped and rebuilt along Atlantic Avenue in the mid-1990s.

Philip recently spent several weeks in the hospital in February and underwent a heart procedure in March before dying Friday at the age of 99.

The British royal family has a history of visiting South Florida with Prince Phillip making two visits to Palm Beach in 1993 and 1997.