To owe her the most heartfelt debt

Queen Elizabeth had shown the role and the duties of Monarchy have good reason to be there

The woman who would go on to become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch wasn’t even likely to be queen when she was born.

In a message recorded for her 21st birthday from Cape Town in April 1947, she told fellow young people across the Commonwealth,

“Now that we are coming to manhood and womanhood, it is surely a great joy to us all to think that we should be able to take some of the burden off the shoulders of our elders who have fought and worked and suffered to protect our childhood.”

On a tour of Commonwealth countries her husband, Prince Philip, delivered the message to her that her father had died. The princess then had offered what she described as a solemn act of dedication:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Age had taken over her and some duties were already taken over by her son Charles, as Prince of Wales, including overseas trips and investiture ceremonies, in which people are granted knighthoods. He accompanied her to the state opening of Parliament. And he spoke up after the furore over his brother Andrew’s ties to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, pressing to have him banished from public duties.

Mr. Johnson, who spoke to the queen on an almost weekly basis for his three years in office, issued an emotional statement upon her death.

“As is so natural with human beings, it is only when we face the reality of our loss that we truly understand what has gone,”

Mr. Johnson said.

“It is only really now that we grasp how much she meant for us, how much she did for us, how much she loved us.”

Queen Elizabeth II, whose seven-decade reign made her the only sovereign that most Britons had ever known, died on Thursday at her summer estate in Scotland, thrusting a bereaved country into a momentous transition at a time of political and economic upheaval. A new prime minister, Liz Truss, has been in office for only three days, following months of political turmoil in the British government and a few years after Brexit, which is now showing the Britons how they made a wrong choice after several ministers had told many lies. The one taking over her job shall not have it easy knowing that his country faces its gravest economic threats in a generation, besieged by inflation, soaring energy bills and the spectre of a prolonged recession and there are some other countries which want to cut the ties with the British monarchy.

News of the queen’s decline began circulating as Parliament was debating an emergency aid package to protect Britons from huge increases in gas and electricity bills. After a senior minister whispered in her ear, Ms. Truss rose to leave the chamber. Hours later, clad in black, she emerged from Downing Street to pay tribute.

“Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built,”

the brand new Prime Minister said.

“She was the very spirit of Great Britain, and that spirit will endure.”

Ms. Truss concluded by swearing fealty to the new monarch, disclosing for the first time that he would be known as King Charles, rather than by another name, as is a monarch’s prerogative.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II sets in motion a royal transition more complicated than any change in prime ministers. According to British custom, it will be meticulously choreographed in its rituals, this time the national Broadcasting Organisation BBC making the best possible coverage as possible.

At 73, Charles is the oldest person to become monarch in British history — a familiar figure, to be sure — a man who showed that his heart is not only with his country, but with the whole universe of which we should take care. Ecology has always been part of his life and strife. In a way, it will be a pity he shall not be able to be the stronghold of some charities to which he had lost his heart.

Lots of people alive today did not know any other queen than Queen Elizabeth II. She had become part of their or our life, and as such they and we are very moved by that what was to be anticipated came earlier than expected.

The great thing about this queen is that she had dignity all her life. It looked as if she was there all the time, prepared to do everything that her country wanted from her. She’s done so many things and never moaned at all, and that’s great. Not many people can do that.

People gathering in London after the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Many people laid bouquets against the palace gates in Balmoral and at Buckingham Palace with touching tributes thanking the Queen for her years of service and dedication. Several people also expressed their hope to be in London for the funeral, therefore loads of police officers shall be provided to take care of the security.

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen floral tributes have been laid at sites across the UK.

There were gun salutes, one round fired for each of the Queen’s 96 years, fired from Hyde Park and the Tower of London on Saturday at 1pm as the nation entered a period of national mourning. When hearing those salute canon shots, it had me think of the incredible amount of years this lady could show herself with a certain dignified presence. She was cheerful and ready to do her duty with a smile that also had soft human touches, which one does not immediately expect from such a functional personality.

Queen Elizabeth’s was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today. {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

Promised the new king, King Charles III, who spoke to his people with feelings of profound sorrow. He said:

Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example. {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

When overviewing the queen’s life, we can see that it really was

a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today. {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

Even though many people may be against royal houses, they have to recognise that the English queen has done her utmost to prove that such a position does have a reason to exist.

In 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, she pledged in a broadcast from Cape Town to the Commonwealth to devote her life, whether it be short or long, to the service of her peoples. That was more than a promise: it was a profound personal commitment which defined her whole life. She made sacrifices for duty. Her dedication and devotion as Sovereign never waivered, through times of change and progress, through times of joy and celebration, and through times of sadness and loss.

In her life of service we saw that abiding love of tradition, together with that fearless embrace of progress, which make us great as Nations. The affection, admiration and respect she inspired became the hallmark of her reign. And, as every member of my family can testify, she combined these qualities with warmth, humour and an unerring ability always to see the best in people. I pay tribute to my Mother’s memory and I honour her life of service. I know that her death brings great sadness to so many of you and I share that sense of loss, beyond measure, with you all. {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

Queen Elizabeth ‘gone’ makes that a lot of changes shall take place in the Royal family. There shall take place a shift in the titles the royal members will carry. As the Heir of his father, the oldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince William now receives the Scottish titles which have meant so much to Prince Charles. Prince William succeeds him now as Duke of Cornwall and takes on the responsibilities for the Duchy of Cornwall which Prince Charles has undertaken for more than five decades.

Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty. With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given. {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

Even if the tabloid press may have been stoking things up again, it is nice that the royal court shows that, as in any normal family, they may have words now and then between siblings, but there is always that bond between them and that love for each other. The fact that some people may not be satisfied with Prince Harry, nevertheless leads the King to express his love for this son and his family.

I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.   {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

Each member of the royal family, however, will now have to play his or her part and try to make the best of life, whether or not they are in the service of the country, offering themselves in public or taking further steps in that life which does not have to be public.

In a little over a week’s time we will come together as a nation, as a Commonwealth and indeed a global community, to lay my beloved mother to rest.

In our sorrow, let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example.

On behalf of all my family, I can only offer the most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your condolences and support. They mean more to me than I can ever possibly express. And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you. Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years. May “flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest”.   {King Charles III address to the Nation and the Commonwealth}

Australia’s Parliament will be suspended for 15 days to mourn the queen’s death. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese defended the measures on Friday as criticism mounted about the length of the pause, saying the government would continue normal business during this period. In the state of Victoria, lawmakers will be required by the state constitution to swear a new oath of allegiance to King Charles before parliament can resume.

President Biden spoke about Queen Elizabeth briefly at the beginning of a speech to the Democratic National Committee Thursday evening:

“I just stopped by the British Embassy to sign the condolence book in her honour. I had the opportunity to meet her before she passed and she was an incredibly gracious and decent woman. The thoughts and prayers of the American people or with the people in the United Kingdom in the Commonwealth and their grief.”

Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, sent a telegram to Britain’s new monarch, King Charles III, wishing him “courage and perseverance” after the loss of his mother.

Olaf Scholz, the chancellor of Germany, said he will forever remember the queen’s commitment to German-British reconciliation after World War II and her “wonderful humour.”

President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission said on Twitter that the queen’s reign

“defined the history of your nation and our continent.”

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium said on Twitter that the queen was an “extraordinary personality.”

The former chairman of the African Union, President Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, expressed “his sadness” on Twitter about the queen’s death, calling it

“an immense loss for the United Kingdom and for the world.”

Former Prime Minister John Major, who served as prime minister from 1990 to 1997, urged Britain to stand with the royal family during “this moment of deep sadness.” He remembered the queen as the

“heart and soul of our nation.”

“In her public duties she was selfless and wise, with a wonderful generosity of spirit,”

he said.

“That is how she lived — and how she led.”

Tony Blair, who followed Mr. Major as prime minister, mourned in a statement the loss of the

“matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other brought our country together, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified everything which makes us proud to be British.”

Former Prime Minister David Cameron, who served as Britain’s leader from 2010 to 2016, remembered his weekly meetings with the queen, saying he was grateful to

“call on her sage advice and wise counsel.”

Many state leaders from all over the world recognised her as a great lady and praised her for her wise words and how she lived, and referred to the queen as a source of stability, especially through difficult times.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said she exemplified what it meant to be British and inspired

“hope during the most testing of times.”

The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and the symbolic head primus inter pares of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Justin Welby, said the nation was grieving

“the person whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility helped us make sense of who we are through the decades of extraordinary change in our world, nation and society.”

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Please do find also my other articles to read:

  1. Pump, circumstance, Royalism and paganism
  2. A busy 2017 #3 Fake, gossip and real news
  3. A resolute woman who served her country for a very long time
  4. The longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch is not any-more
  5. Elizabeths and Charles I-III

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Preceding

  1. The week of February the 16th 2022 by The Telegraph
  2. A lifelong passion for horses and a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  3. The Independent looking at May 26 – June 01
  4. BBC One on Sunday May 29: Never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II
  5. Indy 100 briefing of May 18, 2022: Seeing is believing 

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Additional reading

  1. Royals, mini busses and environment
  2. For this week at the beginning of December 2021
  3. Indy briefing for the second week of March 2022

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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".

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