There are certain events where one would always remember exactly when they occurred. I was about to get into a Zoom meeting when a news notification popped up saying that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II had passed away. I looked at the time, it was 12:48 PM (US Central Time), which was in the late afternoon in Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s Scottish home.
It was hard to concentrate on work the entire afternoon. Though I’ve become an American citizen, I’ve had a long affinity and fascination with the British royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth II. The UK’s longest-serving monarch since 1952 at the age of 25, her 70-year reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill and 14 American presidents starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,”
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— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 & 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐬 (@cornwallsnews) September 8, 2022
As her obituary says, her long reign was “… marked by her strong sense of duty and her determination to dedicate her life to her throne and to her people.” She’s also an endlessly fascinating monarch who defies expectations, this Wired article said that she’s tech-savvy (more than one would expect), being an early adopter of email and social media, she was on Twitter in 2014 and embraced Zoom meetings during Covid lockdowns.
I LOVE watching videos of the queen, as she has such a way with people from all walks of life with her refreshing no-nonsense candor. No matter who she interacts with, the queen is always the most memorable and fun to watch!
She also has such a love for animals, especially her numerous Corgis! Who could forget this scene when one of her corgi pooches made an appearance during her Jubilee celebrations 😀
No matter what failings she may have had, the queen is a product of her time and in that regard, I believe she’s made the best of what she’s entrusted to do as the UK head of state and head of state for 14 other Commonwealth countries. Imagine reigning for over six decades and living through such changing times throughout history. I’m not exactly enthused about Prince Charles, er, now King Charles III’s reign, as he’s nowhere near as popular as his mother. But all eyes will be on him as the new reigning monarch, as Britain launches Operation London Bridge, a term I actually just learned today from this recently released video.
Though the monarch has been portrayed on screen many times (which I’ll blog about later this weekend), the queen has played herself in several iconic videos to mark special occasions. I love that she’s got such a great sense of humor and this opening sequence with Daniel Craig as James Bond at the London Olympic Games is definitely one for the ages!
Whoever pitches the idea of having Paddington as part of the Jubilee is an absolute genius! In what turns out to be the queen’s last filmed appearance, this short film features her and the adorable Paddington bear having tea at Buckingham Palace and sharing her love of marmalade sandwiches!
How fortuitous that one of the first tweets I saw right after her death was announced is this simple but lovely and poignant tweet…
Thank you Ma’am, for everything.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) September 8, 2022
So there it is… I’d like to echo the same thing to Her Majesty The Queen… thank you, Ma’am and God Save the queen!