Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022.
The best tribute to this lady I read was from our former Prime Minister, the ALP’s Paul Keating.
Thank you to The Little Black Duck for this. There are many who, with good reason, whose countries were devastated by English aggression, who will see this as not an event to mourn.
I look past the history to the life of the woman, Elizabeth, to her impact as a woman in a world ruled by men. The lottery of life put her in a role both powerful and powerless. What Elizabeth made of it will be the subject of debate, discussion, and research as much as her namesake Queen Elizabeth the First
”The former prime minister has released a tribute to the Queen. Keating incensed the British press when the Queen visited Australia and he touched her back to guide her along.’ (quote TLBD)
Mr Keating says:
In the 20th century, the self became privatised, while the public realm, the realm of the public good, was broadly neglected.
Queen Elizabeth understood this and instinctively attached herself to the public good against what she recognised as a tidal wave of private interest and private reward. And she did this for a lifetime. Never deviating.
She was an exemplar of public leadership, married for a lifetime to political restraint, remaining always, the constitutional monarch.
To the extent that an hereditary monarch can ever reflect the will or conscience of a people, in the case of Britain, Queen Elizabeth assimilated a national consciousness reflecting every good instinct and custom the British people possessed and held to their heart.
In a seventy-year reign, she was required to meet literally hundreds of thousands of officials – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, premiers, mayors and municipal personalities.
It was more than one person should ever have been asked to do.
But Elizabeth the Second’s stoicism and moralism welded her to the task and with it, the idea of monarchy.
Her exceptionally long, dedicated reign is unlikely to be repeated; not only in Britain, but in the world generally.
With her passing her example of public service remains with us as a lesson in dedication to a lifelong mission in what she saw as the value of what is both enduringly good and right.
7 September 2022. The Queen is reported to be under medical care in Balmoral Castle.
It seems to me The Palace is preparing the public for her death. I may be wrong but her latest photo showed her to be very frail, possibly from the recent death of her husband. Those who have been with loved ones close to us who have passed away are all too familiar with this.
As a friend said to me in my time of caring, death is just another of the body’s processes, But I do predict the passing of Her Majesty will remind people of their own personal grief, so please be compassionate of those around you. Like the Monarchy or not, Elizabeth has been like an unnoticed tapestry on a hallway; there and not there, but still a backdrop to Australian life. .
As a woman’s story and part of of women’s history or Herstory if you prefer, Elizabeth’s story is remarkable. She will go down in British history as a great Queen like her namesake, Queen Elizabeth the First, the Warrior Queen.
I have known no other monarch in my lifetime and it will be a real passing of an era when HRH Queen Elizabeth II passes away. As my own Mum always said, ‘We all got to go sometime’. It will, however be strange to not have Elizabeth on the throne. She was this unnoticed constant in life. My Mum was my very much noticed loved one in my life until she wasn’t there any more.
I hope Elizabeth goes in peace and without pain, after her lifetime of service.
It may not be this time but I can see that her life journey is reaching its end destination. I am sure HRH Queen Elizabeth II will be not be forgotten, not her bravery serving her nation in World War 2 nor her dignity now.
Our thoughts are with her family and the families of all who are caring for loved ones in such sad and worrying circumstances.