RIP Your Majesty

It would seem wrong today to write about anything other than the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Every though I would not describe myself as a royalist I am sad. For this woman was been part of my life for as long as I can remember. There were constant reminders in daily life on our money and stamps for example. Our media has always shown her going about her duties in her wonderful bright outfits. And every so often she addressed the nation. Of course there were her Christmas messages but she also talked to us at times of national importance. Maybe I used to hear from the Queen more than I did about some of my friends and relatives.

I only saw her once. It was by complete accident. I’d popped out of the house to buy a pint of milk and crowds were gathering along the pavement. I stayed to see what was happening and the Queen rode by in her pope mobile. I was struck by how physically tiny she was in contrast to her power.

Although her death was a shock it didn’t really come as a surprise. I thought that there was more to her skipping her duties over the last few months than the media was reporting. Under normal circumstances I was sure that the Queen would not let a mere decline in mobility phase her. There had to be more to it than that. I believed this because of what I most admired in this woman. She had an unswerving sense of duty and integrity, qualities that are rare these days. She was a true role model.

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