Grief is the price you pay for having love
Grief is the price you pay for having love.
Queen Elizabeth II
Last week we lost someone who was honored, revered, and loved throughout the world. Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary person who, much like her father was cast onto the world stage through the untimely death of her father George VI who also became King unexpectedly following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, in December 1936. A conscientious and dedicated man, he worked hard to adapt to the role into which he was suddenly thrown. Reserved by nature, and of deep religious belief, he was helped in his work by his wife. He had married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923.
King George VI paid state visits to France in 1938, and to Canada and the United States in 1939, the first British monarch to enter the United States.
His daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, followed in his footsteps and will go down in history as an extraordinarily dedicated monarch who thought of others and put others before herself, all the while knowing that a personal life was not a luxury that she would have.
Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime and 15 at the time of her death.
Regardless of your thoughts on the monarchy, there is no disputing the passion and loyalty that she exhibited for her country and all that were in the commonwealth. She devoted 70 years of her life to the role thrust upon her and gave the monarchy the class and respect it deserves while dealing with the challenges within her own family.
All families have issues and family members that may not be up to the dedication and morals of the others. Queen Elizabeth II had morals and class, but the one shining light of her reign was the decision to keep private issues private and not seek to destroy or publicly tear other people down. She did not respond to public scrutiny and tabloid stories but instead took the high road in all that she did. I am sure that there were many behind-the-doors discussions about issues brought on by family members, but she did not air dirty laundry in the public domain which is something that we would all be wise to try to emulate as hard as that may be.
There are few people in this world that would take on a role like this knowing that it would consume all of their life without the luxury of being able to do all the things that we all take for granted such as traveling, going to a movie or going to a restaurant for a meal. She was effectively locked away as one would do with a national treasure and a national treasure would be her legacy.
Queen Elizabeth II will be a hard act to follow. May she always be fondly remembered
Hope you all enjoy your weekend!!!
Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo
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