Another Word on The Queen’s Jubilee

This past week the whole world has been British.  Millions of us around the world watched millions of dollars worth of celebrations marking the fact that one 86 year old woman had lived long enough to occupy a primarily ceremonial position for sixty years.  Why?

Those of us living in republics with an elected head of state often maintain we cannot understand how the people’s relationship with their monarch is considered the ultimate expression of patriotism.

But then I changed channels and picked up that day’s poltical shenangans of our American politicans.  Then I turned the channel again to see on the screen this little 86 year old woman, standing there on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, not only above the throngs of her subjects but also above the current politcal fray of all the commonwealth countries of which she is the head.  A living symbol not only of the best of Britain and the Commonwealth, but a symbol of the traits of character all of us can admire and salute.

My sister and I were children when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.  1953, it was, and film of the coronation was flown across the Atlantic and shown on American television.  My sister, Tracy, and I got an old bathrobe of our mother’s and for days and days played “coronation”.  That began my life long career as a British royal family groupie.  As an older child I read books that extolled the sense of duty of Elizabeth and her parents and grandparents, and of other members of the royal family.  They never gave up, never complained, never disappointed others even if they were unwell, and worked at royal duties for hours, even when they were difficult or boring.  Of course they were also glamerous, but unlike Hollywood celebrities, the example they set was quite different.  Whenever I didn’t want to study for a test, or go to a church event, or visit an elderly relative or church member, I thought of Queen Elizabeth, who did what she had to do without complaint and cheerfully, and always made others feel better.  I really wanted to be like that.

So, she may be Queen of the United Kingdom and 16 other countries, and Head of the Commonwealth, not the least bit American, but she has had a great influence on me personally.  I truly believe without that example that I watched from afar with secret adulation and admiration, I would not have acquired some of my better traits.

So–God Save the Queen, Long May She Reign.

  1. Diane says:

    I don’t want a monarchy here, not really, but I have thought a time or two lately that it would be good to have one place in our current governmental fracas, one place where a person stood still and calm. Queen Elizabeth seems to do that very well.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this. I love hearing different peoples perspectives on the Royal family. I work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government Medicare. Many of my clients are “groupies” of the family as well. I think we can all look up to Queen Elizabeth and the way their monarchy system has worked so well.

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