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The longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch is not any-more

The English are known to have special humour, which is not always appreciated by the non-British. The British royal family was known for more stiff plight, where people have seen a bit more humour come out in recent years.

This year’s Jubilee sketch with Paddington Bear was just great and trumped by far the James Bond and Queen diving for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

queen elizabeth paddington bear

There was delivered a brilliantly timed comic performance with Paddington Bear, which shall stay in our mind, and perhaps also in the mind of coming generations.


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Queen Elizabeth James Bond Olympic Opening Ceremony – H 2012

For in recent years, it must be said, the Queen had understood that the attitude after the death of Princess Diana had to be rectified and that she had to work to ensure that her family would be given a different image in the media. The stiff upper lip and seemingly numb or insensitive image had to be replaced by the image of a compassionate Queen, who does understand her people and wants to be there for them and her family.

After navigating difficult times for the Royal family, affection and loyalty for her was at a high in her latter years in which she was viewed as the grandmother of the nation and a beacon of stability.

On September 08, 2022 news reports moved from ‘concern’ for the Queen’s health to the official announcement of her death.

Great Britain has had in Queen Elizabeth II a strict woman who was able not to let the common world her inner feelings. The Crown was by her put ahead of any personal or political thoughts. Already very early in her life she promised to be there for her country.

Born on April 21 1926, Elizabeth’s parents had no reason to expect that she would one day be Queen. History decided differently.

During her reign, she visited 116 countries on 261 official overseas visits, including 78 state visits – making her by far the most travelled monarch in history.

She also worked tirelessly to promote the more than 600 charities of which she was patron.

She served with a certainty that the system worked, coupled with a genuine deep faith in God. She ensured that there could be continuity amid turbulence as the great value that a monarchy could add to a democratic system. She made scrupulous neutrality appear easy, a simple matter of doing and saying nothing. Such neutrality sometimes to the general public gave the impression that she had no heart or human feelings. After she worked on her way of having contact with the public and handling all the paparazzi talk, she became better and gave a more empathetic attitude.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who last saw the Queen in June, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

“I came away thinking there is someone who has no fear of death, has hope in the future, knows the rock on which she stands and that gives her strength.”

He said

“You felt that history was in front of you, but it was history with those piercingly blue eyes twinkling, that extraordinary smile and the relishing of a quick dry comment.”

The personal pictures that were released, for the Platinum Jubilee documentaries on her life, were a great addition of showing the public how behind that harness was a human being with a warm heart and with a mind full of very wise words. At certain moments her sayings let me think of another wise king, king Solomon, who like her very well knew what a task he had to deliver. It was also never about her. She considered that the position she had was given to her by God.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, said her faith

“so often and so eloquently proclaimed in her public messages, has been an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many”.

The wisdom of that strong woman did not escape him either. He said:

“The wisdom, stability and service which she consistently embodied, often in circumstances of extreme difficulty, are a shining legacy and testament to her faith.”

As the monarch, the Queen was the supreme governor of the Church of England. That position now passes to King Charles III.

When looking at those pictures in the recent documentaries, also of meetings with several worldleaders, one could see how she cleverly knows to position herself and proved to be first-rate operator.

The Queen overtook Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving monarch in Sept 2015 and she can be considered (in a certain way) as she was the woman who saved the monarchy in Great Britain.

She gave the many republicans a dressing-down and proved that the monarchy can indeed be a good solution to make a democracy run smoothly.

For as long as she was there, the monarchy seemed to make sense – an illogical, irrational kind of sense, but sense all the same. {The Queen’s death will shake this country deeply – she was a steady centre amid constant fluxJonathan Freedland}

When a photograph was released on Tuesday showing the monarch welcoming her newest prime minister – her 15th – at Balmoral, her face looked unfamiliarly gaunt. Even though we saw an older woman there, she still seemed fit and alert enough for her blessed age (96).

One of the last pictures of Queen Elizabeth II on duty, receiving Liz Truss to install her as prime minister.

The Queen is survived by her four children – the King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex. She had eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Duke of Cambridge has immediately inherited his father’s dukedom, with he and his wife known henceforth as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

Charles, heir to the throne since he was three, became king immediately after the death of his mother, but his official coronation is not likely to take place for several months.

Tradition dictates that the first public proclamation of the new monarch will be read in the open air at St James’s Palace by the garter king of arms, in the presence of the earl marshal (who is the Duke of Norfolk) and two of the sovereign’s serjeants-at-arms. This is traditionally at 10am and is read in the open air from the Friary Court balcony by the Garter King of Arms.

After the proclamation, Charles will read a declaration and take an oath to preserve the Church of Scotland. He must also swear an oath relating to the Church of England: the accession declaration, to maintain the established Protestant succession, which is normally done at the next state opening of parliament following succession.

The first full day of the reign of King Charles III has begun, with the new monarch travelling to London to meet the prime minister and to meet the Earl Marshal, currently Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, to approve the carefully choreographed plans for the coming days and weeks.

The King, 73, is expected on Friday to pre-record a televised address to the nation, which will be broadcast early the same evening. In it, he’ll declare that a period of official royal mourning will be observed from Friday lasting until seven days after the Queen’s state funeral. Royal mourning is observed by members of the royal family, as well as staff in the royal households, and troops on ceremonial duties.

As prime minister Liz Truss will be invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the new monarch on Friday. She also will attend a public service of prayer and reflection at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London at 6pm. The service will be broadcast on the BBC and will include audio of the King’s televised address to the nation if it coincides with the service.

There were already queuing people at Buckingham Palace yesterday evening and certain people were prepared to get up at 4 in the morning to come to London to pay their tribute. Also outside other royal buildings early on Friday morning, people brought flowers and cards. At Buckingham Palace, mourners, congregated beside hundreds of colourful bouquets and messages that had been left overnight and early in the morning. A large union flag in tones of black and grey has been pinned to the right flank of the gates, while police officers kept a crowd back from the main gates further to the left.

Dedicated sites for floral tributes from the public have been set up in Green Park and Hyde Park near Buckingham Palace in London, as well as at Cambridge Gate in Windsor. Many people wanted to show how grateful they are for the work the queen has done for their country.


Please find also my other article where I also give an overview of the Queen’s life

A resolute woman who served her country for a very long time


  1. The week of February the 16th 2022 by The Telegraph
  2. The Independent looking at May 26 – June 01
  3. BBC One on Sunday May 29: Never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II
  4. A lifelong passion for horses and a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  5. Indy big Stories for 1 Jun 2022
  6. The Independent looking at June 02 – June 08
  7. The Telegraph’s Weekly view 2022 June 04 – June 10


Additional reading

  1. Married among the tombstones
  2. Pump, circumstance, Royalism and paganism
  3. Royals, mini busses and environment
  4. 2014 Social contacts
  5. 31st Olympic Games
  6. British MPs did not turn their back on the Prime Minister
  7. Vote of no confidence or trust in the United Kingdom



  1. The Firm
  2. Management and Majesty – Quotes from the Queen
  3. Why are you mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth?
  4. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022
  5. If, not when.When, not if.
  6. How it Felt Watching U.K. Media Report the Death of Queen Elizabeth II (Column)
  7. The Queen is Dead 9/9/22
  8. Camilla future Queen Consort
  9. Paddington Sketch Writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce Says the Queen Loved Acting, Reflects on Her Majesty’s Cameo: ‘It Was a Brilliantly-Timed Comic Performance’
  10. Thank you, Ma’am.
  11. Bye to a giant – guess who just died
  12. The death of Queen Elizabeth II
  13. Queen Elizabeth’s most glamorous photos with celebrities during her reign
  14. ‘God Save the Queen.’ RIP, Queen Elizabeth II
  15. Rest In Peace Queen Elizabeth II
  16. Our constant. Our Queen.
  17. Four farewells
  18. The Queen is dead, long live the King!
  19. Death of Queen Elizabeth II
  20. Simon Cowell praises Queen Elizabeth II for ‘great leadership, tradition and progression’ in poignant tribute
  21. Elizabeth II biography: 13 things about Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms
  22. The Queen’s words
  23. Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96
  24. Queen Elizabeth II – 21st April 1926 – September 8th 2022
  25. US mourns British Queen’s death: Biden says ‘she defined an era’
  26. ‘She’s Been in the Game for a Minute’: Late-Night Hosts React to Death of Queen Elizabeth II
  27. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
  28. Her Majesty the Queen: Westminster mourns the passing of 96-year-old monarch
  29. In pictures: Hongkongers pay tribute to Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II
  30. Writer Recalls Queen Elizabeth II’s James Bond Sketch and Her Telling Danny Boyle: “I Think I Should Have a Line”
  31. Losing the matriarch of your family will always be hard – I still mourn mine 30 years on
  32. The Queen’s death. What happens next?
  33. Paddington Sketch Writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce Says the Queen Loved Acting, Reflects on Her Majesty’s Cameo: ‘It Was a Brilliantly-Timed Comic Performance’
  34. End of an Era…
  35. Death of Emblematic Queen Elizabeth II Leads Global Broadcasters to Rewrite Schedules, Deliver Wall-to-Wall Coverage
  36. Harry Styles Leads Crowd In Honouring Queen Elizabeth II During Concert
  37. Queen Elizabeth: Books of condolence open in Blackburn with Darwen
  38. Elton John pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at his final Toronto show
  39. A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s life – the rock of our nation
  40. The Queen is dead, long live the King!
  41. Queen Elizabeth 2 looks behind after her death…!
  42. Charles to give 1st speech as king as U.K. mourns Queen Elizabeth’s death

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

9 thoughts on “The longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch is not any-more

  1. Hi! I have returned to make another comment. I hope that you have been keeping well. One month has elapsed since Her Royal Majesty passed away, allowing us to have some time to reflect more fully on the late Queen’s legacy.

    I have finally had the chance to publish something much lesser known about Her Royal Majesty in a special post entitled “🎼🎹 Pondering Musical Lineage on the Queen’s Birthday 👑🍰“, available at

    In addition, please turn on your finest speakers or headphones, as the multimedia post will be playing music to you automatically for about three and a half minutes.


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