When I was a child we had to sing God Save the Queen each and every day at school. When we sang the words: “Long live our Noble Queen”, I always thought it meant she would live a long long time–and she did.
Between Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, one looms larger than the rest — longevity. On Sept. 9, the current Queen will succeed Victoria as the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch after 63 years and 218 days on the throne. The years 1837-1901 brought epic changes to the world, possibly more than any other era in history–so will Elizabeth’s name come to define her era? I honestly thought she would have retired years ago. Was she worried her son, Prince Charles, would inherit it? Did this thought alone keep her awake at night? Chuck will do just fine, and she knows it. But if you have zero understanding of her and her background, retiring or abdicating is something she would ever do.
Some protest that royalty is irrelevant in today’s world, outdated, and anti-democratic. Celebrating the Queen’s reign might mean nothing unless Donald Trump was involved with it in the United States. In all honesty, I admire this woman for her character and resilience. During WW2 she and her mother stayed with their people. Through all the turbulent years she has remained steadfast in her duty.
No matter how you look at it, Queen Elizabeth is the last of true quality in probably the entire world. She has maintained a dignity and class that has fallen by the wayside among royalty around the world. This has taken great strength of character that few are capable of. For that alone, she deserves to be recognized, respected and admired. After this event will she step down like her parents did and turn over the keys to someone else? I’m sure it will be a heck of a fight, BUT she will retire when she and only she decides.
On Wednesday I will be at the town hall of Carleton Place at 12pm celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s endurance. Long may she reign. If anything, this is a woman who has never missed a day of work. Hopefully this Wednesday she’ll do some ornate touchdown dance and as today’s youth say: “let her backbone slide” .
God save the Queen!
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