Strangers who captured hearts of a nation with ‘romance’ in Queen queue BOTH have long run companions

Two strangers who sparked rumours of a Love Truly-style romance after assembly within the Queue to see the Queen reveal they’re each in long run relationships – however insist they are going to be ‘buddies for all times’.

Zoe George, 33, and Jack Ciuro, 23, supplied the British public with the heart-warming concept {that a} budding romance began within the queue as they waited to see the Queen lying-in-state at Westminster Corridor on Friday.

A Channel 4 Information video of the pair talking about each other whereas standing in line for 14 hours on Friday night time went viral over the weekend, and was watched greater than 2 million instances – with some suggesting it may very well be the plot to the most recent Richard Curtis film.

Now can reveal the pair DID meet up for a second date right this moment to observe the State funeral collectively. Nonetheless, Zoe and Jack revealed they have been ‘simply buddies’ as they really each have long-term companions.

However they insisted they’d discovered ‘mates for all times’. Not solely that, however Zoe, who’s getting married subsequent yr, has even invited Jack to her marriage ceremony!

Talking solely to MailOnline in Hyde Park as they watched Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth laid to relaxation on a giant display screen, Zoe, 33, mentioned: ‘I can not consider that the enjoyable little video we did acquired a lot consideration – our telephones have not stopped buzzing with messages from folks we all know.

‘Hopefully it made a number of folks smile at a troublesome second for the nation, even when I’m sorry to inform folks that there is not going to be any form of long-term romance between us, not to mention a brand new Richard Curtis plot.

‘Jack is a good man, we get on brilliantly, however we each have long-term companions – actually, I get married subsequent yr. Not solely that, however there’s additionally a 10-year age hole between Jack and I!

Zoe George, 33, and Jack Ciuro, 23, have quashed claims that there was a budding romance brewing throughout their 14-hour wait within the Queen’s lying-in-state queue – by solely revealing to MailOnline that they’re each in long-term relationships

The pair (who went to watch the Queen's State Funeral in Hyde Park today, pictured) insisted they had found 'mates for life'. Not only that, but Zoe, who's getting married next year, has even invited Jack to her wedding

The pair (who went to observe the Queen’s State Funeral in Hyde Park right this moment, pictured) insisted they’d discovered ‘mates for all times’. Not solely that, however Zoe, who’s getting married subsequent yr, has even invited Jack to her marriage ceremony

‘But it surely’s been implausible to fulfill somebody so pretty and who I acquired on so nicely with to share this historic few days.’

She added: ‘Me and Jack will keep buddies for all times, I am positive of it. Ready in that queue for therefore lengthy felt like a lifetime – and so it’s pretty to really feel we now have made buddies for all times. I’ve already invited Jack to my marriage ceremony and I do hope he comes alongside.’

Explaining how they got here to be filmed collectively within the first place, Jack mentioned: ‘After we noticed the digicam we urged they movie us as a result of we might met within the queue and acquired on so nicely that we thought it will make good content material.

‘There was a cheeky suggestion made by the reporter that there may be romance between us, and we have been comfortable to have some enjoyable and go together with it – after which it simply blew up and took on a lifetime of its personal, which was very amusing.

‘It’s good to suppose we might have cheered folks up throughout a interval of mourning, however I’m sorry for anybody who hoped that we’d get collectively to say that it’s purely platonic between us.’

So how did their companions really feel about them being romantically linked so publicly? Zoe mentioned of her fiancé, a fellow musical theatre performer whom she met in 2016 whereas touring Asia: ‘He thought it was hilarious! However he did additionally counsel that I would need to point out we have been engaged…’

Royal mourners Jack Ciuro (left) and Zoe (right) hit it off in the queue to pay respects to the queen after meeting at 10:30pm last night

Royal mourners Jack Ciuro (left) and Zoe (proper) hit it off within the queue to pay respects to the queen after assembly at 10:30pm final night time

Zoe said meeting Jack was a 'blessing in disguise' as they kept each other entertained with 'crisps and chat' while waiting in the 14 hour-long queue

Zoe mentioned assembly Jack was a ‘blessing in disguise’ as they stored one another entertained with ‘crisps and chat’ whereas ready within the 14 hour-long queue

Jack added: ‘My companion discovered all of the feedback about Richard Curtis movies hilarious, and hoped we may play ourselves within the rom-com!

‘We’ve got an important relationship, so there was no situation in any respect between us. After we noticed one another after the video went viral we spent the day laughing and studying all of the response.’

Zoe, who’s initially from Swansea however lives in South East London, had initially gone to see The Queen alone as a result of ‘my fiancee would slightly watch at dwelling – he is not huge on queues!’

She added: ‘As a younger youngster, I might hear the story of my headteacher granddad Warren Hugh George getting an honour from the Queen and I used to be proven the image of them exterior Buckingham Palace. I used to be fascinated.

‘My dad can also be huge on historical past and he would speak to me about Kings and Queens, so I’ve at all times been fascinated.

‘To have the chance to attend this large occasion on my doorstep and pay my respects, why would not I’ve come? Assembly Jack was simply the icing on the cake.’

Jack, a former grammar faculty pupil from Bedford now dwelling in 9 Elms, South London, and learning for a masters in physiotherapy whereas aiming to work with sports activities golf equipment and the NHS, has been together with his companion for 2 years and describes their relationship as ‘critical’.

He mentioned: ‘My companion will not be a Royalist in any respect, and they also did not need to come. However I really like the Royal Household. They’re a large a part of our historical past. And I simply thought it will be good to be a part of historical past, so I made a decision to come back by myself.

‘Everybody mentioned do not hassle, however after The Queen had served this nation for 70 years, what’s 14 hours of my time to pay respects?

Zoe, who's originally from Swansea but lives in South East London, had originally gone to see The Queen alone because 'my fiancee would rather watch at home - he's not big on queues!' (Zoe and Jack pictured at Hyde Park today)

Zoe, who’s initially from Swansea however lives in South East London, had initially gone to see The Queen alone as a result of ‘my fiancee would slightly watch at dwelling – he is not huge on queues!’ (Zoe and Jack pictured at Hyde Park right this moment)

‘It was good to see all of the pomp and custom of all of it. And to fulfill Zoe – she’s nice and we will certainly keep in contact. I can not wait to go to her marriage ceremony.’

The pair mentioned watching the funeral collectively had been a really totally different expertise to queuing to see The Queen mendacity in State.

Zoe mentioned: ‘Within the queue, it was about getting by way of it, and so Jack’s firm was welcomed. As we speak is far more emotional, and it has been about emotional assist. I am glad we have been in a position to meet up once more.’

Jack mentioned: ‘Watching the ceremony is way quieter and respectful than what it was like whereas queuing. I can’t consider how many individuals have turned out. It is made The Queen’s loss of life far more actual, and it is good to be right here with somebody, to share the expertise.’

After all of the queuing, each to see The Queen and for her funeral, Zoe says she is planning ‘an extended sleep’ later. Jack, in the meantime, can be again to the books. ‘I’ve not having the ability to do as a lot learning as I might deliberate over the previous few days,’ he admitted.

And now, having absolutely paid their respects to The Queen, how do the pair really feel to have captured the nation’s curiosity throughout The Queue, together with footballer David Beckham and Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who have been criticised for leaping the queue.

Zoe mentioned: ‘Somebody joked we have been going to interchange Phil and Holly – which might have been a pleasant flip of occasions!’

Jack added: ‘As a lot as a Nice British Love Story can be great – absolutely a Nice British Friendship is best within the circumstances! Moderately than Queue, Truly – as a substitute, it is Mates, Truly.’

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