It’s hard to believe that the Queen is celebrating 70 years on the throne.
As she stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday, the crowd roared their approval of the diminutive, beautifully dressed figure.
It comes from a time when people just got on with their lives, uncomplaining and dutiful.
The Queen has added to this a devotion to duty unequaled by any other British monarch.
Since her birth, the world has changed beyond recognition, but she has not.
grace and finesse
The dedication and efficiency with which she continues to carry out her role despite her mobility issues is second to none. The queen remains controlled, unemotional, punctual and dignified.
Over the years, the Queen has come to realize that what is expected of her is not a performance, but a reception.
An unpretentious sense of warmth and sentimentality is essential for her message to get across. She doesn’t have to play her role, just live it.
Having reached the milestone of being the world’s longest-reigning reigning monarch and becoming the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, the Queen has seen enough of politics and life to know the importance of connecting ordinary men and women to reach.
She has met almost every great leader of the age and handled them all with grace and finesse. She has proven to be a strong-willed woman, determined to carry out her duties in her own way and according to her own beliefs.
She has met almost every great leader of the age and handled them all with grace and finesse.
She has seen the power of the monarchy eroded but has retained her personal authority.
In 1961, when the government, concerned for her safety, tried to prevent her from visiting Ghana, she exercised her prerogative so vigorously that Prime Minister Harold Macmillan relented.
She was just as quick to put Prime Minister Tony Blair in his place when, on a visit to Balmoral in 1999, he said there were only three years left to prepare for the Golden Jubilee. The Queen sternly reminded him: “My golden jubilee, Mr. Blair.”
She’s brave too. When someone shot her with blanks at Trooping the Color in 1981, she calmly continued the ceremony.
The Queen lives in unparalleled splendor but would have much preferred the homely comforts of a small household surrounded by dogs and horses.
She never misses an opportunity to visit her stud farm at Wood Farm when she stays at Sandringham, and in Scotland last week she stayed at Craigowan Lodge, not Balmoral Castle. She dislikes company, preferring the company of the small group of friends that still exist at her 97th year. She is close to a limited number of associates who have served her faithfully.
Dedicated to service
Her tastes are simple and those who know her well say that they are two different people; Lilibet, her pet name, and Her Majesty the Queen.
Lilibet would much rather wear a headscarf than a tiara and sit on a rug with her family at a picnic in the country than attend a lavish, glittering state banquet.
But whatever anyone claims she is or isn’t, Her Majesty is first and foremost a diplomat. She was a fixture in the history of the monarchy and kept it going.
The continuity she has upheld over the years has proved to be a salvation for the royal family.
Whatever her family has done to occasionally disregard the institution of monarchy, she resolves it.
Her life has been dedicated to serving a nation and she speaks of “continuity”, “tolerance” and how “privileged” she is to have witnessed so much history.
Above all, the Queen is humble. She is the greatest monarch of all time and deserves the biggest celebration. She’s getting it this weekend.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5479612/queen-remains-unchanged-ingrid-seward/ The world has changed, but the queen remains the same