Today I have decided to write about a woman who the whole world knows rather well.
She has a special anniversary on this day the 6th February, and it is only fitting that we should do something special for her. I am talking about:
Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II
Today, I would like to honour her as she is celebrating 60 years since she came to the throne after her father George IV died in 1952. It is known as “Accession Day”.
Now, Accession Day for the Queen is usually spent quietly (according to the UK government website), but because it is her Diamond Jubilee year, there will be grand celebrations for the rest of the year, particularly during the summer months, when life in England has far more bearable weather for outdoor activities!
First of all, let me say this: I am not a monarchist who hates the thought of Australia becoming a Republic. Nor am I an avowed Republican who wants to see the Queen of Australia ‘ditched’ from our Constitution. I would be happy to be part of a Republic and keep our ties with the British Commonwealth. I am sure a lot of Australians feel the same way as I do.
BUT all this aside … I want to salute the life of this woman who has given us 6o years of her life as the Queen of England. Not one blemish on her reputation. Not even a whisper of one. The same cannot be said for many of the other Royals but then again, the Queen cannot force them to be moral and decent people, can she? She deserves a medal just for watching their antics and not throttling them!
But I digress. Today, let us look at the ‘woman’ behind the Queen and how amazing she is. Let us take heed of this and see her as a “good example” to all her subjects.
Now this woman, who could be full of self-importance just because she has been the Queen for 60 years, is not. Quite the opposite. This statement about her Diamond Jubilee was reported in the press:
“The Queen has said she is dedicating herself “anew to your service”, as she marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. In a message, she also said she felt “deeply moved” by the support shown for her Diamond Jubilee.”
She sees her role as one of SERVICE!
That is why this woman, who has given so much of herself has been so successful. She sees her life as one of service to the people. The Queen, who is 85-years-old, did not say “well, thank you very much for everything but it is now time for me to fade quietly into the night.” No, she was thinking of US: her subjects. And renewing her 60-year-old vow in her old age!
This absolutely amazes me! What would YOU want to do if you were 85 years of age? Wouldn’t you be tired of it all? Retire to the Scottish Highlands and talk to the corgis perhaps? I am sure I would be tempted.
Not only has the Queen been doing “all this” for 60 years, but spare a thought for her who, as a 25-year-old mother of two, lost her beloved father on Accession Day and would have been in deep grief at the time. Prime Minister Cameron was right when he praised the “magnificent service” given by the Queen and called her a “source of wisdom and continuity“. He did not say that during her reign over the UK and Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II has seen 11 prime ministers come and go, with himself as her 12th. Imagine the great autobiography she could write?
David Cameron also said:
“With experience, dignity and quiet authority she has guided and united our nation and the Commonwealth over six varied decades,”
I think this is one time, he certainly got it right! I am sure it has never been easy for the Queen. Yes, there must have been times when she made some substantial errors and mistakes, especially in the early days. She would not have been human otherwise.
You see, we love to hail film stars and singers as celebrities, reading about them, copying them and emulating them and what do most of them reward us with? DISAPPOINTMENT! ok so there are some who have really used their celebrity status for good and I applaud those who do. But, by and large I believe we set up our celebrities to fail because we put them up on a pedestal and no one should have to endure that. My heart goes out to them really.
But this is the reason we should take notice of the life of Elizabeth II, for she is an example to all of us on how to live our lives and it is why we salute her today. We applaud her because her life has been about SERVICE to mankind and humility (she was “deeply moved” at our support). She has her priorities right.
I once read the most interesting argument about why men (and not women) should be priests. Because men generally do not like to serve. They are more likely to be sitting around wanting the woman in their life to serve THEM (eg “bring me a cold beer, honey!) The argument goes that Jesus knew this and was convinced it was the only way to make men serve! The Pope recently said that the priesthood is one of service. This is a great argument, isn’t it?!
So folks, I think today we can take something from Queen Elizabeth’s celebration: we should all remember … to be of service to others. It has certainly made me aware of the small things we do every day for our families and the attitude of heart with which we do it.
Happy 60th Anniversary Elizabeth. You are indeed a remarkable woman. We salute you!