Queen Elizabeth II: At life’s end

Love her or hate her Queen Elizabeth has held a long beautiful yet turbulent reign as Queen of the United Kingdom. She has weathered many storms in her life as a member of the royal family. She has faced hatred and anger over the years towards her family from the country and from Republican believers but her popularity is as strong as ever. She is the patron of over 600 organizations and charities. History shall remember her as a great queen. 

She is the Diamond Queen,  of which the last two generations have only ever seen

She has brought the Royals into the modern day,  she has brought kindness to the world, she has faced many hardships, but nothing has stood in her way

For she is an English rose, she has been blessed and kind,  and of her dynasty the whole world knows

And she is as good as she could of been,  sailing through storms and back into the sun,  the Diamond Queen”

Elizabeth II  was born on 21st April 1926 and has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since she became monarch including Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. 

HRH Queen Elizabeth has made many historic visits which include a visit to the Republic of Ireland which at one time was not imaginable due to hostilities. She has broken many barriers and created many friendships and granted freedom to many. 

This is a picture of the Queen with Marilyn Munroe. She is well respected by many round the world. 

She has seen major constitutional changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom, Canadian patriation, and the decolonisation of Africa. She has reigned through various wars and conflicts involving many of her realms. She has been a figurehead and a beacon of hope to many and the protector of the faith. 

Although she shall be remembered as a silent gentle queen who never gave interviews or expressed her opinion she shall be remembered fondly. The popularity of her is very high around the world and she is cherished by millions. 

“The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave.” – The Queen Mother during the war. 

She grew up through uncertain times. She was only young during world war two and although people say she had it easy and would of been hidden away and well protected always remember that the Princess Elizabeth would of been a high priority capture on the enemies targets. That must and would play on the mind of anyone no matter who you are. At the end of the war in Europe, on Victory in Europe Day, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret mingled anonymously with the crowds in the streets of London. Elizabeth later said in a rare interview, 

We asked my parents if we could go out and see for ourselves. I remember we were terrified of being recognised … I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and recovery” 

The Royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham palace to celebrate the victory of world war two along with Winston Churchill. Elizabeth can be seen on the left as the princess. 
Most people of the modern generation will only know her as an old lady. But the Queen came to the throne as a young woman and took the world on her shoulders at a young inexperienced age and must of been hard for her at first. She was a powerful woman in a male dominated society. A society where had she of had a little brother he would of been king over her. The Queen held her own and shone through. 

The Queen is a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart. She cared for people and loved ones and relatives just like anyone else. she was cherished by her grandfather George V, and during his serious illness in 1929 her regular visits were credited in the popular press and by later biographers with raising his spirits and aiding his recovery. She did her best to take care of him in his time of need and raised his spirits. 

Although the Queen has many doubters we must remember she didn’t ask to be Queen, it wasn’t her choice. She was born into the Royal descendancy.  The Queen wasn’t supposed to be Queen. Her father wasn’t supposed to be king. It was originally her uncle who was supposed to be king. But he abandoned the role of King Emperor due to the scandal of miss Simpson and the crown was passed onto the Queens father King George 6th. 
The Queen is possibly the most powerful rich woman in the world and the longest serving monarch in British history and maybe even the world. 

King George the 6th died of Cancer at the age of 52 and Elizabeth became the Queen of the United Kingdom. 

Althought there are many doubters and many negatives to be said of the Royal family there are also many positives. She brings in much tourism to see Royal palaces and castles. She does much good for charities. I once knew a man who worked in Buckingham palace. He was full of praise for the Royal family and often mentioned the sense of humour of the Queen mother and Queen Elizabeth and you can tell that William and Harry have a sense of humour also. 

What we must remember is the queen is no different to anyone else. She had been a baby,  a child, a mother and a grandmother just like anyone else. She had done a magnificent job of doing all this and attending to royal duties. Life hasn’t been as pleasant for the Queen as  many would believe.  She has headed and helped many charities. She has attended many meetings and worked for peace for many and independance of many countries. She did all this and travelled far for many years while raising four children. 

This gets forgotten about and isn’t always brought to light. Not alot of people are aware of how hard she works. Can you imagine travelling often while raising four children?  This was something she had to do and not something she can easily walk away from. The pressure of being Queen must be immensely heavy. 

The Queen does many Royal duties and unlike Diana who was right in the public eye the Queen slips through the net under the radar and does her duties without the worlds attention. She is a symbol for many. 

The Queen has done a magnificent job of keeping the Royal family together through many storms. The aftermath of world war two,  the premature death of her father king George the 6th and the divorce of her son Charles and the great storm she faced after the death of Diana. There was a media campaign at one stage against the Royal family but the queen won through and has restored the faith in the monarchy. 

She has reached many mile stones. She has become the longest serving monarch and has celebrated her silver, golden and diamond jubilee. 

She has achieved plenty as Queen and has helped many. She has done a grand job of what life selected her to do. Now she reaches the age where she is at life’s end I believe she can look back and be proud of her achievements and all she has overcome. She has worked much harder than anyone can imagine. 

Here is HRH Elizabeth with her great grandchildren. She has been blessed with family and just like anyone else she can be happy for belonging to a family. 

At the age of 91 she can look back and know history shall remember her fondly and now she can enjoy the present of what she has such as her modern family which are a credit to her such as William and Harry and Kate Middleton who will bring in a new era. 

So well done to the silent but great and golden Queen for all your devoted work. May God save the Queen. May she be long to reign over us as she has done to almost two generations and may her good work be continued going forward. May she enjoy the rest of her days at life’s end. 
God save the Queen. 

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The princess Diana

Once upon a time there lived a princess named Diana. A beautiful woman and mother. Who cared for the sick and helped them less fortunate. She wandered into danger to experience life for those in places of war and land mines and at times entered many parts of the worse of England to visit the homeless and experience what these people went through. 

She fought for change to dangerous places such as banning of landmines. She was the first to treat sufferers of AIDs as people and shook the hand of an AIDs victim without hesistation which was sent round the world for all to see. 

She visted many people and children in far away lands suffering with diseases like Leprosy and brought to them love and kindness.  She spread much love and kindness for everyone all round the world. 

She was a devoted mother to her two children William and Harry. They were her world and she protected them from the media as much as she could and tried to give them a normal childhood which surely they deserved. 

The medias intrusion of princess Dianas life was disgusting. They were constantly around her like flies and in her face while walking. They invaded her private space against her wishes. No one would of enjoyed that. But she got on with it flawless and stayed a true princess. Diana has more royal blood than the queen in her veins. 

Whether you loved her or hated her at the time you must remember that Princess Diana was once a little girl and grew to be a woman. She came and went in the blink of an eye. She has been and gone. But what she did in that small space of time was wonderful things. 

The day she died was a sad day. The world stopped and tears fell. I remember it well. I had been camping and awoke. I went for my breakfast and my aunty had radio on listening intently to a broadcast. Lady Diana had died in a terrible crash in Paris. The world fell silent and sad. I often remember it and think it was a bit like JFK – that everyone will remember when they heard Diana had died and where they were. 

Flowers were left everywhere and the world as far as I can see had seen its last true angel. Tears ran like rivers and crowds gathered in London from all four corners of the world. She had done so much good for so many people. Sadly at the centre of all the worlds sadness was two young boys. They had lost their mother and that is a massive personal loss. 

I believe Princess Diana can be an inspiration and a role model to us all and a massive inspiration to all young girls. 

She was a true English rose, she was a fairytale princess and the queen of all hearts. 

When I look back on her turbulent yet beautiful life I think to myself – I believe in Angels. Princess Diana – an angel she was